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Hockey Day is coming to Bemidji; 13th annual event set for winter 2019

Swimmers hope to join in post-season fun

The football team has already qualified for the state playoffs while the swimmers hope to accomplish the same feat Friday and Saturday when they host the Section 8A meet at the high school pool.

The transition from fall to winter has also begun at BHS as the girls hockey team began its second week of practice Monday. The team will be the first winter Lumberjacks squad to begin competition as well as they will entertain Thief River Falls 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

Next Monday the boys hockey, gymnastics and girls basketball teams begin their practice sessions as the winter season approaches.

Football team opens in Duluth

Last week in the 7-4A championship game against Grand Rapids Bemidji had an uncharacteristically slow start. The defense allowed the Thunderhawks to march 76 yards in five plays on the game's opening series while Bemidji's offense repeatedly shot itself in the foot during the opening half.

Teams striving to become a champion, however, always find a way to win and in the second half the Lumberjacks dominated on both sides of the ball.

The result was a 33-18 victory and the reward is Friday's 7 p.m. game against the Section 5-4A champion, Rogers, at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth. Rogers topped Becker 21-12 Saturday in the 5-4A final.

If Bemidji wins Friday it will advance to the state semifinals and a 12:45 p.m. game Nov. 20 against either Mankato West or Mahtomedi. Those teams meet Friday at Chanhassen.

In the 4A upper bracket, St. Thomas Academy meets Northfield in Lakefield and Totino Grace will battle Sauk Rapids at St. Cloud State.

The upper-bracket survivors will lock horns at the Dome on Nov. 19. The 4A championship game will be 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Metrodome.

Swimmers host section meet

Bemidji's swimmers and divers will enjoy the advantage of competing at home when they entertain their 8A peers for the section meet.

The Lumberjacks will be among the favorites in the meet but will have to perform at peak efficiency if they want to wrest the title from defending champion Park Rapids.

In addition to Bemidji and Park Rapids the 8A field includes Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Bagley-Fosston, Lake of the Woods, Perham-New York Mills, Thief River Falls and Warroad-Roseau-BGMR.

Kayla Hirt to sign with Gophers

BHS senior Kayla Hirt will officially sign the Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Minnesota 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the high school.

Earlier this year Hirt decided to play for the Gophers but her training and her senior year of competition were derailed during the latter part of the summer when she tore her anterior cruciate ligament playing AAU basketball.

Hirt had successful surgery on the knee and is confident that she will be ready to hit the court when the Gophers begin their practices next year.

Boys soccer team ends season

Bemidji's boys soccer team, which finished second in the section this fall, held its annual banquet Monday.

Defense was one of the squad's greatest weapons as the Jacks allowed only 19 goals while posting a 15-5-1 record. The five losses tied for the fewest in the program's history and both goalies, junior Carl Graefe and sophomore Connor McNallan, set records for save percentage and fewest goals allowed per game.

Graefe had an 89.19 save percentage and a 0.79 goals per game average while McNallan finished with an 89.10 save percentage and a 0.98 goals per game average.

Kyle Fodness led the Lumberjacks in goals (18), assists (12) and points (30). Max Hazelton had 17 goals and 23 points while Isak Sommer contributed eight goals, eight assists and 16 points.

Also scoring points for BHS this fall were Austin Kovach (9), Tony Smith (6), Ben Peterson (4), David Wyllie (4), Nick Gorick (3), Luke Upgren (3), Tanner Koetter (3), Riley Brooks (2), Zach Jones (2), Eric Haugen (1) and Jonas Iverson (1).

The letterwinners were:

Seniors: Tanner Koetter, Max Hazelton, Ben Peterson, Jonas Iverson, Eliah Hauser, Luke Upgren, Tony Smith, Eric Haugen, Nick Nyberg.

Juniors: Ian Sweeney-Smith, Carl Graefe, Ben Schreiber, Nick Gorick, Zach Jones, Kyle Fodness, David Wyllie.

Sophomores: Connor McNallan, Riley Brooks, Elias Hendrickson, Isak Sommer, Austin Kovach.

Freshman: Gunnar Nelson.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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