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Pat Miller: Another year of Lumberjacks sports begins

Based on the first week of competition, it is going to be another banner fall at Bemidji High School.

The boys and girls soccer teams both enter this week with 2-0 records. The girls posted a pair of shutout victories last week, blanking Little Falls 5-0 and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 10-0. The boys have yielded only two goals in their two wins as Rick Toward’s forces have thumped Little Falls 5-1 and edged Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-1.

Today the boys team will complete a three-game homestand when it entertains Detroit Lakes at 5 p.m. The Jacks will then be off until Sept. 4 when they visit Grand Rapids.

The girls squad will face stiffer competition this week when it heads to Park of Cottage Grove Wednesday and hosts Detroit Lakes Thursday. The latter game is set for a 5 p.m. start.

Tennis team at home

The tennis team started its fall by placing first in the Pine City Invitational on Aug. 20.

Individually the Lumberjacks collected four titles. Claudia Bellew captured second singles, Alexis Konecne won at third singles, Annika Johnson and Olivia Dickinson claimed the first doubles crown and Amy Frosaker and Kenzie Schultz duplicated that performance at second doubles.

Monday found the Lumberjacks at the Brainerd Invitational where they were second to Delano and Wednesday they will have their home debut when they host Grand Rapids and East Grand Forks.

BHS will have an extended holiday break and won’t return to action until Sept. 11 at the Detroit Lakes Invitational.

Volleyball open at Perham

The trip back to the state tournament begins today when Bemidji visits Perham at 7 p.m.

A year ago the Lumberjacks caught fire in the playoffs, capturing the section title and advancing to the state meet. This year’s players believe that a return to the state meet is well within their grasp.

BHS will open a three-match homestand Thursday against Detroit Lakes. On Sept. 4 and Sept. 6 Bemidji will host Thief River Falls and Moorhead.

Swimmers visit Brainerd

Last Saturday the Jacks were second at the Willmar Invitational and senior Steph Frey bettered her school-record time in the 100 fly.

Frey owns the majority of the school swimming records and hopes to claim all of them by season’s end. At Willmar she lowered the 100 fly standard to 1:00.83.

Today Frey and her teammates will visit Brainerd for a dual in their lone action of the week.

Football team heads west

A year ago Bemidji finished second in the state Class 4A tournament. This year the Lumberjacks have been moved up in the ranks to Class 5A and the journey for a hoped-for return trip to the state title game begins 7 p.m. Friday at Moorhead.

BHS will be at Duluth Denfeld, a section opponent, on Sept. 7 and will begin the home campaign Sept. 14 against another Section 7-5A foe, Duluth East.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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