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Bemidji HS boys ski team wins title at Detroit Lakes

The Bemidji boys Nordic ski team captured the title at Tuesday's Detroit Lakes Invitational at Maplelag Ski Area.

Although official team points were not available to the coaches, BHS and Brainerd initially tied for first place, according to Lumberjack coach Mark Walters. Bemidji, however, awarded the team victory after comparing the results of each team's fifth finisher.

"What a difference a few days, cooler temperatures and better snow can make," Walters said, referring to the rain and soggy snow that the skiers battled at Brainerd on Dec. 30.

"Conditions were very good Tuesday."

The race was a continuous pursuit that featured five kilometers of classical and five kilometers of skating.

Joining Bemidji and Brainerd were Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Trek North.

The overall boys winner was Jake Richards of Detroit Lakes in a time of 27:16. Bemidji's leader was Tony Sagedahl who was fifth in 29:17.

Also scoring for the Lumberjacks were Adam Holter who was sixth (29:31), Kyle Sagedahl who was seventh (30:18) and Eli Rassler who placed 10th (32:22).

Bemidji's other results saw John Buckanaga finish 13th (34:12), Trent Buckanaga 15th (34:32), Andy Berube 16th (34:41), Matt Chatterton 24th (36:14) and Jordan Wednchuk 35th (42:59).

In the girls varsity Bemidji trailed Brainerd and Detroit Lakes. Trek North finished fourth.

Summer Elleson, who attends home schoolnear Park Rapids, was the overall winner in 32:12. Bemidji's Bailey Drewes was second in 32:35 and Laura Yourd 10th in 39:03.

Mari Eggebo finished 18th (42:30), Summer Johnson 24th (43:50), Emma Brokl 25th (44:59), California Thorson 26th (45:11), Kim Truedson 28th (45:12) and Sara Heisler 31st (47:15).

Tanner Asper won the 5-km classical junior varsity boys race in 14:59 and Laura Edwards finished sixth in 20:06 to pace Bemidji's girls JV.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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