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BHS soccer teams host playoff games Tuesday

Soccer will be the centerpiece of this week's home schedules as the boys and girls teams will both play at the middle school field today in opening-round action of the Section 8A tournament.

BHS was seeded second in the North field and will host No. 7 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 3 p.m. today.

In the girls tournament, Bemidji (7-10) was ranked third in the North and will entertain No. 6 Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (2-11) immediately following today's boys game. Earlier this fall the Lumberjacks nipped HLA 3-2 in Fergus Falls

If the tournament results mirror the seeding the girls will be at No. 2 Detroit Lakes Thursday. Should the Lumberjacks win and WHA upsets the Lakers today Bemidji would be home again on Thursday.

East Grand Forks was awarded the top seed in the North and drew a bye in today's first round. Detroit Lakes was ranked second and hosts WHA.

Today's other match-up sees No. 5 Crookston traveling to No. 4 Fergus Falls.

The North and South teams will play within their sub-sections for two rounds. When only two teams remain in the respective sub-sections the surviving top team from the North will play the South's second team and the South's highest-rated squad will battle the North's lower seed.

Those games will be played Oct. 19 at the home of the higher seed and the survivors will decide the section title Oct. 21 at the home of the North representative.

Minnewaska was awarded the South's top seed and Sartell was ranked second. Completing the rankings were No. 3 St. Cloud Apollo, No. 4 St. Cloud Cathedral, No. 5 St. John's Prep, No. 6 Sauk Rapids, No. 7 Alexandria and No. 8 Little Falls.

The boys team will take a 12-4-1 record into today's game against WHA (0-10). Earlier this season the Jacks blitzed WHA 8-0.

To no one's surprise Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (12-2-1) was seeded No. 1. HLA owns a pair of 2-1 wins over Bemidji and those results vaulted Hillcrest past BHS in the rankings.

Rated third in the North is Detroit Lakes and it will open today against Crookston. Today's other matchup pits No. 5 East Grand Forks against No. 4 Alexandria.

If the Lumberjacks win today they will entertain the winner of the Detroit Lakes-Crookston game 4 p.m. Thursday. A victory in that game would mean a battle with a South representative Oct. 19.

Sartell enters the tournament as the South's top seed and if the Storm and Lumberjacks both survive, Bemidji would travel to Sartell. A Storm loss and a BHS win Thursday, however, would give the Jacks another home game.

Tennis back to sectional

Bemidji heads back to Sartell today for the semifinals of the 8AA team tournament and the quarterfinals of the individual tournament.

In team action BHS will play a squad from the South at 9:30 a.m. today. The Jacks gained the semifinals by thumping Fergus Falls 5-2 Saturday while the South bracket began its team play Monday.

If the South rankings held BHS would play No. 2 seed Apollo. Monday's schedule saw Apollo battle No. 7 Big Lake and No. 3 Rocori face No. 6 Sartell.

The Section 8AA team championship match will be played 5 p.m. today.

"Saturday against Fergus Falls we played well against a team that was really playing its best," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "We had opening-round jitters but hopefully we've put them behind us. To advance we will have to play even better and that will be Tuesday's challenge."

Both of Bemidji's doubles teams gained today's section quarterfinals. Cortne Solberg and Jessica Solberg were seeded No. 1 and did not have to play Saturday. Emma Nielsen and Katie Ditmanson entered the tourney rated fourth and Saturday they blitzed Brandi Bauer and Holly Kampa of Little Falls 6-1, 6-0.

In today's action they will face Kristen Schmidt and Ellie Bergstrand of Alexandria who needed three sets to slip past Moorhead's Layne Meyer and Lizzy Ross 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 Saturday.

"Emma and Katie took control of Saturday's match from the opening game and never looked back," Fodness said. "It was fun to see them play at that level. They did a good job of keeping the ball in play and looking for opportunities to win points at the net. How they played was a good lesson for all of our players, especially the doubles teams.

Jessica and Cortne Solberg will face Carly Ouren and Mariah Viaene of Fergus Falls today. Ouren and Viaene defeated India Fritz and Laurenn Johnson of Detroit Lakes 6-0, 6-3 in the first round.

Bemidji's singles representatives, Claudia Bellew and Amy Frosaker, did not advance out of Saturday's first round.

Bellew lost 6-2, 6-1 to Sara Wennerstrand of Brainerd while Frosaker fell 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to Jenna Galstad of Alexandria.

"Amy drew the No. 3 seed and was in a real battle," Fodness said "She was down 1-4 in each set but came back. It was a gutty performance and she refused to quit. But that doesn't surprise anyone on our team.

"Claudia played well even though the scores don't indicate a close match. She's getting better all of the time and it's exciting to see her improve," Fodness said.

Other sports

The swimming and diving team will also be home today when it entertains Detroit Lakes at 6 p.m. but the big test will come Friday when the Lumberjacks head to the section True Team meet at UND.

The True Team schedule begins at 9 a.m. with diving while the swimmers will hit the water at 1 p.m.

After a week-long break, the volleyball team returns to duty today when it visits East Grand Forks. Thursday the Lumberjacks will head to Wadena-Deer Creek and on Saturday they will participate in a tournament hosted by Alexandria.

The regular season will conclude next Tuesday at Lake of the Woods.

The cross country teams are at St. Cloud Tech today and coach Ryan Aylesworth is anxious to see how the athletes do.

The boys are coming off Saturday's superb showing at the Alexandria Invitational where BHS finished third in the 18-team field.

"It was our best race of the year," Aylesworth said. "The guys are stepping up and running to their potential."

Stillwater took the team title with 62 points while Roseville was second with 139 and the Jacks third with 140.

Bemidji's girls team placed ninth at Alexandria as did Bailey Drewes in the individual competition.

Fresh off Friday's thrilling 14-7 home victory over Sauk Rapids, the football team prepares to end the year on the road. Friday finds the Jacks invading St. Cloud Tech and on Oct. 20 they will head south again, this time to Sartell.

Bemidji is 5-1 and is on the verge of clinching the top seed in the 7-4A ranks. If the Lumberjacks accomplish that feat they will own the home field advantage throughout the section playoffs which begin Oct. 26.