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Sportsline: Tournament play takes over Bemidji sports scene

It's Christmas Tournament week on the local sports scene with the majority of Bemidji High school teams on the road.

It all begins Monday at Duluth, where the boys hockey team opens play with Buffalo at 1:30 in the Denfeld Invitational.

Delano, Mound, Cloquet, Cottage Grove Park High, New Prague and host Denfeld complete the cast.

It will be a pre-paired tourney with all teams playing three games.

Bemidji will meet Cloquet Tuesday at 6:15 and closes with Park Wednesday at 9 a.m. The JV will go against the same three teams.

Bemidji takes a 4-4 record into play.

Girls tourney

The girls hockey team is at the Andover tourney at St. Paul opening with North Wright County Tuesday at 8 in the final game of the day.

The winners and losers go against Anoka or Woodbury Wednesday.

Andover, Forest Lake, Holy Angels and Mankato West make up the upper bracket.

The meet is a single elimination with all teams playing three games for first, third, fifth and seventh places.

Bemidji takes a 10-2 mark into play.

Swim, wrestling meets

The swim and wrestling teams open their tournaments Tuesday, the swimmers in a one-day meet at Brainerd beginning at 9 a.m.

The wrestlers are at the giant Red River Invitational at Fargo, a meet that draws close to 64 teams and will continue through Wednesday.

The Jacks injury riddled team will be looking to gain more experience against a powerful field.

The ski teams, profiting from the weekend blizzard, should be able to ski at Blueberry Hills Tuesday in the Deer River Invitational.

They also have a scheduled meet later in the week at Brainerd.

Boys basketball

The boys basketball team, which dropped its first game in five starts last Tuesday at Grand Rapids, is back on the same court Tuesday, meeting Minneapolis DeLaSalle.

It was supposed to be a four-team invitational, similar to the one at Bemidji last week, but the Hawks were only to attract a single team this year.

Bemidji will face the Islanders Tuesday and the Rapids goes against them Wednesday.

But Bemidji has filled that open date by heading to Brainerd for a Wednesday night battle.

Only the girls basketball and gymnastics teams will have the week off.

Leland new Auggie

Alexandria golf star Maggie Leland will continue her career at Augustana next fall. She will join her older sister Molly, a sophomore on the girls golf team. Both were dominating players the past six years in area high school meets.. Maggie became the youngest player to ever win a Resorters title in 2007 and repeated last summer.

She is a four year Class 3A all-State pick and won the 2008 Minnesota PGA Junior Match Play title.

Ski help sought

The Courage Center Ski and Snowboarding Program is seeking volunteer held for their Buena Vista adaptive Ski Program this winter.

For $140, students participate in the six week program every Sunday afternoon from Jan. 24-March 6.

Volunteer instructors are needed to participate in a training program Jan. 15 at BSU ad Jan. 16-17 at Buena Vista.

Contact Lisa Papp-Richards at 766-6822.

Curling notes

Bemidji won the title in the competitive division of the Bemidji Junior Curling Tourney last weekend, beating the Solem rink from Grand Rapids in the title match.

Members of the champions were Trevor Andrews, Aaron Tasa, Nic Wagner and Mark Fenner.

In the Novice Division, the Rachael Humeniuk rink took first place over the Alex Vollen rink in an all-Bemidji final.

Emma Bromenschenkel, Megan Myhrer and Lindsey Fraiser completed the title rink.

Ashdyn Blomberg, Cole Koebke and Nathan Anderson curled on the Vollen rink.

The U.,S, Olympic John Shuster rink of Duluth won the Curl Mesabi Classic at Eveleth last week winning six straight games after losing its opener. It was its first title at the World Curling Tour event

The rink will next curl at The Canadians at Guelph, Ont. Jan. 4-10, another NCT event.

The Deb McCormick women's Olympic team returns to the ice Jan. 5-12 in Switzerland and then travels to Scotland for a meet Jan. 13-17.

Wrestling Day at U

The University of Minnesota wrestling team returns to action Jan. 3 in a match pairing the No. 2 (ISU) and 5 teams in the nation. The 3 p.m. match is part of Youth Wrestling Day at the U with all youth mat teams admitted free.

The Gophers and Cyclones have met 54 times in history with Iowa State holding a 35-17-2 lead. The Cyclones won last year's meeting 29-6 at home.

Bemidji's Kaleb Young is a member of the Gophers mat squad.

State polls

Minnetonka and St. Thomas Academy top the state boys hockey poll this week.

Duluth East is 11, Roseau 12 and Elk River 15 in the 2A division. Warroad is third, Virginia-MIB sixth, Thief River seventh, Alexandria ninth, Sartell 10 and International Falls 15 in Class A.

In the girls poll, Hopkins and Warroad are the leaders.

Roseau is seventh, Elk River ninth and Bemidji 13 in the 2A ranks. Crookston is sixth, East Grand Forks seventh and Eveleth-Gilbert 15 in Class A.

In basketball, Hopkins, St. Paul Johnson, Plainview and MACCRAY are the boys division leaders.

St. Cloud Tech is fourth in 4A, Grand Rapids fifth and Little Falls eighth in 3A, Crosby third and Staples fifth in 2A and Chisholm and Sebeka 4-5 and Ada and Park Christian 8-9 in Single-A.

In the girls ranks, Lakeville North, DeLaSalle, New London-Spicer and Barnum are the division leaders.

No northern teams are in the top ten in 4A. Bemidji is sixth and Alexandria eighth in 3A, East Grand Forks eighth and Hawley 10 in 2A. while Bigfork is fourth and Northern Freeze sixth in A.