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Swim and tennis tournaments highlight schedule

Its off to Hibbing for the Bemidji High swim and tennis teams today for tournament action.

The swimmers will be seeking to move up from their third place finish in 2008 while the net team is after its third straight championship.

The boys soccer team entertains Brainerd at 1 while the girls play at Brainerd at the same time.

And the volleyball freshman team participates in the Park Rapids Invitational.

The swimmers have a good chance of another high finish. Last year they trailed only Cambridge and Hibbing. But they were only 16 points behind the Bluejackets, a difference this year's team might well make up.

Greater depth and balance have been strong suits for the team this season as it won two of its first three dual meets and finished third in two Invitationals, topping all Minnesota opponents at its own meet led by Grand Forks Red River and Central.

Among teams it finished head of was Willmar which topped Bemidji at its season opening meet at Willmar.

Selina Gilbertson won the 100 and 200 free at Hibbing last year for Bemidji's only two wins. She will be very much in evidence today.

All schools will enter four individuals and four relays which should aid Bemidji which has scored particularly well with its second and third relays in the two previous major meets and in Tuesday's triangular.

Net action

The tennis team's fate will depend largely on the health of Cortne Solberg who missed the past two outings due to illness.Should she be ready today, Bemidji should pose a solid threat to keep its title. It won last year's rain shortened meet with 23 points to 20 for Stillwater.

Other teams expected are Duluth East, Eveleth-Gilbert, Grand Rapids, Virginia, Pine City and host Hibbing.

The meet will be a single elimination format with a consolation bracket with all players facing three matches.

Coach Scott Engelstad was uncertain of his lineup until after last night's practice.

Soccer play

Both soccer teams are coming off 3-0 wins Thursday, the boys blanking Crookston and the girls stopping Grand Rapids.

Brainerd, however, poses a stronger threat to both.

Brainerd's girls stood 3-3-1 but are 3-0-1 after being blanked their first three starts. The last start was a 1-1 tie with Elk River.

The boys are 2-2, one of their setbacks to Elk River. The wins came over Sauk Rapids and Apollo.

The Bemidji girls bowed to Brainerd 2-0 last year though limiting the Warriors to only eight shots on goal.

The boys gave up 15 in a 4-0 setback.

 Both Bemidji teams are improved over 2008 with the boys now 5-1-1 equaling their five victories in 2008.

Rylee Curb leads the way with 12 goals and 14 points while Max Hazelton, his linemate on the front line has 10 split evenly between goals and assists.

Kevin Larson made 42 stops in the seven starts, which include two shutouts and two one-goal games.

The girls are 5-4, one win shy of their 2008 total, after winning their past two starts.

They have allowed 15 goals while scoring 20 though eight came against Walker.

Erin Booth and Bronwyn Boyd have seven points and Caitlin Blotske and Andrea Hanson six in a balanced attack.