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Jacks winter sports teams gear up for a busy Saturday

Another full day is on tap for Bemidji Lumberjacks sports teams with six of the nine teams listed for action today.

It includes both hockey and basketball teams plus the gymnastics and wrestling teams.

Enjoying the weekend off are the swimmers and skiers.

The boys hockey team heads to Fergus Falls for a 2 p.m. game while the girls face River Lakes at the Richmond Arena at 1:30.

The boys cagers go against Grand Forks Red River with a 4:30 start and the girls stop at Staples on their way home from the Twin Cities to begin at 3:30.

The matmen and gymnasts both begin tournaments at 11, the wrestlers at the Frazee Quadrangular with Mahnomen and Border West and the gym team at the strong Brainerd Invitational.

Both hockey teams are coming off Thursday losses, the boys at Thief River 3-2 and the girls to at BSU to Warroad 7-1.

Both face less demanding tasks today.

River Lakes dropped to 2-6-1 after bowing to Fergus Falls 6-0 Thursday.

Its only wins came over Hutchinson 7-6 and Simley 4-3 and the tie with Brainerd.

Bemidji won last year's game here 5-1.

The Fergus boys are 2-3-1 after tying River Lakes 5-5 Thursday. They beat Detroit Lakes 5-4 and Little Falls 6-3 in their first two starts, then were blanked in their next three by Sartell, Red Wing and Sauk Rapids.

Bemidji beat Mike Donaghue's Otters 4-2 here last winter.

Bemidji is now 3-3 on the year.

The girls cagers, who played at Eden Prairie last night, did not meet Staples last winter but have faced the Cardinals many times in years past.

Staples is 3-1 with wins over Pillager, Detroit Lakes and Frazee.

The girls carried a 5-0 mark to Eden Prairie last night.

The boys are 3-0 in the early going playing an up tempo, end to end attack with a full court press on defense to run up the score in each start. They have scored 204 points in their three wins, the closest of which came by 14 points.

Red River lost to Minot and West Fargo in its first two starts.

Bemidji won here last year 95-69, its highest scoring game of the winter.,

The gym team will be out for continued improvement at Brainerd where it will be matched against some of the top teams in the state.

Big Lake, Cottage Grove, Lakeville North and Melrose round out the six-team field.

The team has improved in each of its four outings to reach 129.20 points in the loss to Detroit Lakes Tuesday.

DL had 143 and several of today's opponents will be in the 14o's including Brainerd. Bemidji finished sixth last year with a 124 score.