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Bemidji High School girls hockey team honored on awards night

The Bemidji High girls hockey team was honored Monday night at its annual Awards Night banquet at the high school commons.

Special guests were the members of the fine varsity, which posted an 18-8-1 record, and the outstanding JV unit which ended 20-4.

Bemidji bowed in the semifinals of the 8AA tournament, losing to Moorhead 4-0. Moorhead bowed in the final to Elk River 6-0.

Coaches Matt Menne (varsity) and Bill Merschman (JV) were warm in their praises of their players efforts and accomplishments this season.

Four of the varsity losses came by a single goal and two others by only two. Bemidji pushed both Warroad and Roseau in all four games though losing twice to the Greater Minnesota Conference leaders. They finished 5-4-1 in league play.

Ironically, Bemidji showed a win and tie against Moorhead in the regular season before being shut out for only the second time this season in the finale. The first came to section champ Elk River.

Three players earned All Conference honors, Jess Christofferson, Haley Johnson and Annie Swartz.

Six others gained honorable mention.

They were Alissa Johnson, Shelby Sauer, Karly Engen, Kaia Sele, Emily Larson and Jessica Hunt.

Haley Johnson was honored by her teammates as the team's Most Valuable Player with Chaniel Nelson earning the same honor for the JV.

The varsity's Most Improved Player was Katie Redland with Alexa Wang earning JV honors.

Sele won the Lumberjack Award for the varsity with Nicole Ramos the JV winner.

Alissa Johnson and Hailey Williamson won Captains awards and were singled out for their invaluable contributions to the team this winter.

Sele and Haley Johnson were singled out as Academic All-State winners.

Christofferson gained All-State honrable mention.

Named to the Associated Press All-State team as an honorable mention were Christofferson, Swartz, Alissa Johnson, Haley Johnson, Emily Larson and Sele.

The coveted Hobey Baker Award went to Sele who handled net minding chores the past two seasons.

Named to lead the 2010 team were Swartz, Sauer, Hunt and Larson.

Christofferson led eight players in double figures with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists. Her goal total was the team's best, She was tied in assists by Haley Johnson.

Trailing in total points were Haley Johnson 23, Alissa Johnson 19, Williamson 18, Swartz 15, Sauer 15, Engen 14 and Larson 12.

Sele posted a 1.97 goals against average in 20 games, finishing 11-8-1 with a 90 percent saves ratio.

Maria Thompson worked seven games with a 1.22 goals against average, 91 percent saves ratio and 7-0 won-lost figure. Each had three shutouts and divided a seventh game.

Bemidji hit 17 percent on the power play while allowing only eight percent to their opponents.

It outscored its foes 92-50.

The JV had 10 players reach double figures led by Nelson with 43 and Andrea Hanson and Becca Gregg with 39.

They were followed by Meghan Wannebo 25, Wang and Amanda Hunt 24, Janie Johnson 23, Casey Mler,15, Chelsea Dolezal 11 and Sarah Eaton 10.

Three goalies worked almost equal time with Laura Thompson showing a 1.17 gaa ands 89 percent stops ratio, Mari Thompson 3.33 gaa and 82.5 stops ratio and Olivia Hruby a 2.31 gaa and 83.2 saves mark.

Earning their varsity hockey letters were:

SENIORS: Alissa Johnson, Jess Christofferson, Karly Engen, Alyssa Gregg, Haley Johnson, Kara Rich, Brittany Thompson, Sarah Eaton, Hailey Williamson, Katie Redland, Kaia Sele and Tara Kuleta

JUNIORS: Maria Thompson, Emily Larson, Annie Swartz, Jessica Hunt and Shelby Sauer

SOPHOMORES: Janie Johnson, Andrea Hanson, Chaniel Nelson, Casey Miller, Amanda Hunt and Becca Gregg.