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This week at BHS: Seasons wrapping up for some teams

The end of the regular season is within sight for the girls hockey and gymnastics teams while other Lumberjacks squads are in the midst of exciting campaigns.

Among the latter is the boys basketball team and it will take a 12-1 record into tonight's home game against Grand Rapids.

Also at home today are the Nordic ski teams as they will head to Buena Vista for their annual Bemidji Invitational pursuit competition.

The lone BHS team not in action today is the gymnastics squad but the Jacks gymnasts hosted Perham Monday.

Today's road schedule sees the girls basketball team at Little Falls, the swimmers and divers at Detroit Lakes, the wrestlers at the Bertha-Hewitt triangular, the boys hockey team at Grand Rapids and the girls hockey team battling Grand Rapids-Greenway at Coleraine.

Saturday afternoon the Lumberjacks improved to 12-1 by thumping Duluth Central 84-71 in Bemidji on Senior Day. The senior contingent includes Grant Richardson, Seth Vonasek, Harley Kroening, Ryan Rude and Ben Hengel and each had a hand in Saturday's win.

The seniors will be called on again today as BHS hosts Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks head west with a 9-5 record and an examination of comparative scores indicates that the outcome of tonight's game could go either way.

Bemidji and Grand Rapids have played three mutual opponents and each is 2-1 against those foes.

The Thunderhawks defeated Duluth Central 64-59 in mid-December while the Jacks posted Saturday's 84-72 victory.

Both teams also have defeated Chisago Lakes, Bemidji accomplishing that feat 67-53 during the Christmas break and Grand Rapids posting a 61-39 triumph on Jan. 7.

The two teams have also met Moorhead. The Spuds handed Bemidji its only setback, 84-78, while Moorhead also owns a 60-55 victory over the Thunderhawks.

Tonight's game represents the lone action of the week for the boys basketball team. Bemidji, which is ranked fourth in the Class 3A poll, will be off until Feb. 3 when it stages its rematch with the Spuds in Moorhead.

Following tonight's contest the Lumberjacks will have only four home games, Feb. 5 against Apollo, Feb. 10 against Duluth East, Feb. 19 against Willmar and March 1 against Thief River Falls.

Last weekend's frigid temperatures force BHS ski coach Mark Walters to postpone the Bemidji Invitational from Saturday to today.

The varsity competition will be held in two 5-kilometer phases. At 10 a.m. the skiers will stage their classical leg and at 1:30 p.m. they will return to the gate for the skating portion.

Joining the Lumberjacks will be Brainerd, Little Falls, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Trek North and Summer Ellefson of the Ellefson Home School near Park Rapids.

BHS will conclude its pre-tournament schedule Saturday at the Arboretum Ski Area. The section meet will be Feb. 9 at Camp Ripley.

The schedule does not get any easier for the boys hockey team. After a stellar weekend which saw the Lumberjacks topple Brainerd 5-3 and Hermantown 6-2, Bemidji will head east tonight to lock horns with Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks own a 13-3-1 record and are ranked 11th in the current Class AA Let's Play Hockey poll. BHS enters the week rated 15th.

The only other non-metro teams to make the top-20 are Moorhead (No. 13) and Cloquet (No. 18). Cloquet is the lone team to defeat the Jacks this year as it handed BHS a 4-3 setback in the opening round of a holiday tournament in late December.

Grand Rapids' losses have come against Eden Prairie (9-5), Hermantown (5-1) and Duluth East (2-1). The tie was a 2-2 deadlock with Lakeville North.

In Saturday's 6-2 victory over Hermantown five different Lumberjacks found the net. Among them was Max Hazelton who improved to a team-high 14 goals. Matt Serratore connected twice against the Hawks and has 11 on the season.

Also in double figures in goals are Steven Heller, Jordan Heller and Tyler Follis who each have 10.

Steven Heller is the point leader with 25 while Serratore has 23, John Forseth and Hazelton 22, Jordan Heller 21 and Follis 20.

Tyler Tatro has collected 19 points while Easton Halbert has 17 and Brady Devescovi 11.

Bemidji's girls team is 6-13-2 while Grand Rapids-Greenway is 10-9-2.

Earlier this year GR-G nipped the Jacks 1-0 at the Community Arena.

BHS is coming off Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to Sartell. The Lumberjacks outshot the visitors 42-15 but Sartell goalie Erin Deters was the difference as she continually stymied the Jacks with stellar save after stellar save.

After tonight Bemidji will have only three remaining regular-season games. Thursday BHS will host Crookston at Nymore Arena and, after heading to Alexandria Saturday, the Lumberjacks will welcome Roseau Feb. 3 to The Sanford Center.

A mixed group of varsity and junior varsity wrestlers will represent Bemidji tonight when it faces Bertha-Hewitt and Alexandria in Bertha.

Thursday the Lumberjacks will host Badger-Greenbush-Middle River with the junior varsity beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday they will head to the Fergus Falls Invitational.

Today's projected varsity lineup includes Tyler O'Beirne at 103, Michael Fogarty at 112, Gary Molash at 119, Ryle Masterson at 125, Jake Crosby at 130, Craig Maas at 135, Colton Doty at 140, Kodi Craft at 145, Kade Johnson at 152, Tyler Molitor at 160, Dustin Greenman at 171, Brenden Fredricksen at 189, Nick Maggert at 215 and Alex Johnson at heavyweight.

In Friday's junior high meet at Thief River Falls, Wyatt Martell went 0-2, Devon Lafriniere 3-1, Caleb Bahr 2-1 and Grant Willard 0-3.

The Lumberjacks will try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight when they invade Little Falls.

BHS was bitten by a slow start when it lost 50-46 to Brainerd last Thursday. The contest capped a four-game homestand which saw the Lumberjacks go 1-3.

Little Falls is 6-11 and has won two of its last three games, including a 50-47 decision over Brainerd. Last Friday, however, the Flyers fell at Alexandria 64-38.

The swimmers open this week at Detroit Lakes today. Thursday they will visit Moorhead.

BHS is coming off Saturday's fourth-place finish at the True Team meet in Hibbing. Dylan Hoven led the team with individual titles in the 50 free and 100 free. He also anchored the winning 200 free relay squad.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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