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BHS enters holiday with five games

Bemidji High closes shop for the holidays tonight with five teams in action .

Two will be at home with the girls basketball team hosting Moorhead in a critical game while the boys hockey team entertains International Falls.

On the road are the girls hockey team at Hibbing, boys basketball at Grand Rapids and the gymnastics team at the Fargo South Invitational.

The layoff will be a brief one, however, with holiday tournaments beginning Monday when the boys hockey team opens three days of play at the Denfeld Invitational.

On Tuesday the boys cagers face DeLaSalle at Grand Rapids before going to Brainerd the following night.

The girls hockey team opens three days at the Andover tournament at St, Paul, the swimmers are at the Brainerd Invitational, the skiers at the Deer River Invitational and the wrestlers begin two days at the giant Red River Invitational at Fargo.

By  Thursday night, all will be quiet again until Jan. 5 except for the skiers who travel to Brainerd for a Jan. 2 tournament.

Tough battle

The girls finally have a home game tonight after seven trips on the road.

They bring a 6-1 mark into the game, losing only at Eden Prairie. And they carried the No. 4 rated Class 4A team well into the second half before the Eagles took control.

Bemidji rebounded to spill Staples 62-41 the following day.

Moorhead is 2-3 against a tough schedule, beating Sartell and Buffalo but losing to Fargo South and North and Apollo. Only South was able to win by more than five points.

They are led by Niki Stephenson who recently inked a pact to play Division I ball next year at NDSU.

Bemidji will counter with junior Kayla Hirt who will begin her college career at Minnesota in 2011.

She is 15 points shy of the 200 point mark which she should top tonight.

She will be joined by Abby Hendricks and Kelsey Heisler up front and Megan Huseby and Erika Weimann outside. Heisler and Huseby combined for 20 points in the Staples win to back Hirt's 21.

Caitlin Gangelhoff, Jess Yost Selina Gilbertson and Maren Erpelding will be the first off the bench.

Bemidji swept both of last year's meetings 58-47 and 52-49.

The B Team brings a 2-4 mark to its game while the freshmen are 3-3.

Jacks need a win

The boys hockey team is in need of a win tonight after dropping its last three outings to fall to 3-4.

They managed only six goals in those three games to lose by 1, 2 ad 3 goals.

The Broncos are 4-3 this season, beating Little Falls, Eveleth-Gilbert, Proctor and Baudette. None of them major foes, and losing to Hibbing 5-2. Virginia 6-3 and Thief River 1-0.

The Prowlers are the only common opponent They stopped Bemidji 3-2 last week.

Bemidji won last year's meeting 3-2 at the Falls.

The B team is 7-0, blanking four foes and allowing the other three to score only five times. It blasted Fergus 9-2 Saturday afternoon in its last start.

A classic?

The boys basketball game could be a classic at the Rapids with both team s unbeaten.

The boys reached 4-0 with a comeback win at Red River Saturday in a wild shootout.

The Rapids bombed No. St. Paul 81-48 in their lone weekend outing.

They have beaten, Cloquet, Park, St. Cloud Cathedral and Duluth East in earlier games.

Both teams run and gun with the Hawks possessing a shade more size but not enough to be decisive.

Each has a hot shooting guard, Eric Stark for GR and Carey Woods for Bemidji.

Each has good depth and balance and it could come down to who has the final possession tonight.

Their only common foe was Park at the Bemidji Invitational., The Rapids won 62-34 and Bemidji 60-31 in extremely similar games.

Unlike the girls, this will not be a section meet with Bemidji in 8-3A this winter while the girls are in 7-3A.

Carey and Czar Woods will be the outside threats with Grant Richardson flanked by Ryan Rude and Dan Frost up front.

Top reserves will be Harley Kroening, Josh Kane, Mitch Brown and Cody Rutledge.

The Jacks B Team is 2-2 and the C Team 0-2.

The Rapids won both of last year's games 79-59 and 77-54. If nothing else, tonight's struggle will be a far closer battle.

The two teams meet again at Bemidji Feb. 27 at BSU.

Girls favored

The girls hockey team should be a decided favorite tonight at Hibbing.

The Bluejackets dominated this series for many years in the early history of girls hockey.

But they no longer field an all area team, with numerous transfers from other schools.

This year they are 1-8, beating only Duluth 2-1 in a major upset and have been beaten in three straight one goal decisions. But they began the year with 11-1 and 10-0 setbacks to PHM and Roseville and were blanked 5-0 and 6-0 by White Bear Lake and Blaine.

They managed only eight goals in nine games and should have problem with the potent Bemidji defense tonight.

For Bemidji has allowed only 23 goals in reaching 8-2, seven of those scored by Warroad in the team's poorest outing of the y ear.

It rebounded from that game to dominate River Lakes 7-0 in a section test Saturday.

It shows three wins by one goal with the River Lakes win the biggest spread.

The team showed good scoring balance at Richmond with the second line contributing four points and the third line two. Both of those units had two goals. The top line had three and four points and shows 36 points in10 starts.

Maria Thompson should be back in goal tonight.

Major test

The gym team faces another major test at Fargo where they finished third in a five team, field last winter.

They will be trying to bounce back on track after scoring only 125 points Saturday at the Brainerd Invitational, taking seventh in an eight- team field .

Before that they had improved in each of their first four outings with a high of 129.2 in the loss to Detroit Lakes.

Coach Don Papreck would like to get the team into the 130's before the month ends.

Rachel Bell is back in full strength again and competing in all four disciplines after seeing limited action earlier due to an injury.

She will be joined by Katie Jensen, Nicole McDonald, Jessie Bergquist, Brooke Beck, and Katie Parker as the main competitors with sophomore Tiana Stinar joining that group on the vault in the past two meets.