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Bemidji HS Thursday Preview: Jacks volleyball hosts Rapids

Consecutive 3-1 victories over Roseau and Hibbing have enabled the Bemidji volleyball team to regain the .500 mark with a 7-7 overall record.

The Lumberjacks will try to creep over the barrier 7:15 p.m. today when they entertain Grand Rapids. After tonight BHS has only one more home outing, Oct. 5 against Moorhead.

The schedule also features five road trips including Saturday's journey to the Willmar Invitational. The other outings are Oct. 12 at East Grand Forks, Oct. 14 at Wadena-DC, Oct. 16 at Alexandria and Oct. 19 at Lake of the Woods.

The sub-section playoffs will begin Oct. 27.

Bemidji is coming off Tuesday's 25-22, 13-25, 25-17, 25-13 win at Hibbing. Jess Yost had 15 kills and six blocks in the match while Jenna Sagedahl dished 27 set assists, Meghan Wannebo contributed 26 digs and Kellie Morehouse finished with three aces.

All area youngsters from kindergarten through the fifth grade are invited to participate in the annual kids volleyball clinic Oct. 8 at the high school. The event is hosted by the BHS volleyball players who will serve as coaches along with Lumberjack coaches Teresa Colligan, Netti Homer, Heather Anderson, Lindsey Gullickson and Christine Malm.

The day will include instruction, prizes and pizza.

The event begins with registration from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic will start at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m.

Participants will be divided into age groups and taught volleyball skills through many fun and exciting drills and activities.

For more information contact Colligan at 333-3744 or online at

Bemidji's cross country squads will travel to the Fergus Falls Invitational at 4 p.m. today.

Among the teams expected to compete are West Central, Perham, Frazee, Pelican Rapids, Monticello, Sauk Rapids, Little Falls, Brainerd, St. Cloud Tech, Rocori, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Moorhead, Breckenridge, St. Michael-Albertville, Ottertail Central, Pelican Rapids and Sartell.

"This meet will be a battle," said Bemidji coach Ryan Aylesworth. "Most of the teams in our section will be there so it will give us an idea where we sit in the section."

Saturday the BHS boys team finished 31st at the 55-team Roy Griak Invitational. Andy Berube paced the Jacks with a time of 17:15. Alex Schoneberger finished in 17:32, Dan Clemenson in 17:40, John Buckanaga in 18:10, Jake Urban in 18:27; Sam Carlson in 18:33 and Ryan Erickson in 18:36.

In the girls division the Jacks finished 32nd of 54 teams. Bailey Drewes posted Bemidji's best time as she was clocked in 20:21. Jenna Truedson completed the race in 20:41, Kim Truedson in 20:47, Dani Gronhovd in 22:53, Laura Edwards in 22:58, Mikayla Connel in 23:32 and Emma Brokl in 23:50.

"The kids did a nice job on a tough course with very tough competition," Aylesworth said. "The girls race was one kilometer farther than they normally race so it was an endurance test as well."

The boys soccer team improved to 10-3-1 Tuesday with an impressive 2-0 home victory over Moorhead. Today the Lumberjacks will shoot for their 11th win at Crookston.

Earlier this month BHS thumped the Pirates 5-0 in Bemidji.

The regular season will close on the road as Bemidji visits East Grand Forks Oct. 4 and travels to Moorhead Oct. 9. The 8A playoffs will open Oct. 12.

The girls team heads to East Grand Forks today for a make-up of last week's postponement. The Lumberjacks are 5-8 following Monday's 2-0 home loss to Grand Rapids.

BHS will be at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Friday, hosts Crookston Oct. 4 and concludes the regular season Oct. 7 at Detroit Lakes.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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