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This week at BHS: Bemidji boys basketball team ends homestand Tuesday

Bemidji’s Kade Johnson, pictured during last week’s pin victory over Seth Nelson of Grand Rapids, continued his early-season success Friday and Saturday when he finished second in the 170-pound division of the Big Bear tournament held in Cass Lake. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

The pre-holiday push at Bemidji High School continues this week as every team will be in action and home events will be held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Owning the home court advantage tonight is the boys basketball team which will conclude its originally-scheduled five-game homestand to open the season 7:30 p.m. against Brainerd. The homestand was shortened to four games when Saturday’s contest against St. Michael-Albertville was postponed because of the icy road conditions. The Lumberjacks are 0-3 in the early going and have been plagued by inconsistent shooting. In Friday’s 71-47 loss to Rogers BHS trailed only 31-25 at the break but the Jacks shot only 29 percent in the second half. Rogers fared much better in the final 18 minutes, converting 18 of its 25 shots, many of them lay-ups. Brainerd is 3-0, stopping Buffalo 62-56 in overtime, belting Sartell 80-57 and tripping St. Michael-Albertville 69-60. On Thursday the Lumberjacks will hit the road for the first time, ending their pre-Christmas schedule at East Grand Forks. The girls basketball team had a rough weekend, losing 66-31 at Rogers and 68-30 at St. Michael-Albertville. Bemidji is trying to find some offensive spark but so far points have been difficult to come by. Against Rogers the Jacks trailed 40-6 at intermission but they were able to stay with the Royals in the second stanza. Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville the trend continued as BHS was behind 38-17 at the break and never challenged. The weekend’s highlight was seeing Jess Yost score her 1,000th point against Rogers. Yost enters tonight’s game at Moorhead with 1,008 points. Bemidji will take an 0-6 record into today’s game while the Spuds are 2-5. Over the weekend Moorhead lost 77-33 at St. Michael-Albertville and 60-50 at Rogers. Hockey The girls hockey team snapped its winless streak last week with a 5-4 overtime victory at Crookston. Today the Lumberjacks will try to improve on their 1-5-4 record when they visit International Falls. Bemidji was supposed to host Warroad last Saturday but that game was a victim of the winter weather conditions. International Falls is 3-6 and is riding a five-game losing streak. MacKenzie Hietala’s unassisted goal 3:07 of overtime vaulted Bemidji past Crookston for its first win. “Everyone’s feeling pretty good,” said BHS coach Bob Brink after that win. “We probably should have had our first win a while ago but our girls played hard (against Crookston) and I’m very proud of them.” The Lumberjacks have a busy week ahead of them. In addition to today’s contest Bemidji will host Detroit Lakes 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Brainerd 2 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be at the Community Arena. The boys hockey team also lost a game to the road conditions on Saturday as its trip to Monticello was a weather victim. The Jacks will return to the rink 6 p.m. Saturday when they entertain Brainerd in the second half of the girls/boys doubleheader. BHS is 2-5 while the Warriors, who host Moorhead today, are 3-2. Wrestling The wrestlers are coming off a terrific showing at last weekend’s Big Bear tournament held at Cass Lake. Bemidji finished fourth in the 35-team field with 148 points, trailing third-place Thief River Falls by 3.5 points. Hutchinson won the meet with 213 while Willmar was second with 164.5. Individually the Lumberjacks were led by the runner-up finishes of Brian Maas at 113 pounds, Kade Johnson at 170 and Alex Johnson at heavyweight. This week sees BHS hosting Moorhead and Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Thursday and heading to the Perham Triangular on Friday. Thursday’s action begins at 5 p.m. and on Friday Bemidji will face Thief River Falls at 4:15 p.m. and Perham at 7:45 p.m. Swimming, gymnastics, skiing The swimmers will travel to Park Rapids today for their final pre-Christmas event. Bemidji is 1-0 in duals this winter after thumping Thief River Falls 99-66 last week. The gymnasts are 4-1 following Friday’s 127.60-127.15 win at Little Falls. They will end their 2012 schedule Thursday at the Fargo South Invitational. The skiers continue their search for snow and last Saturday they found some in Duluth. The boys team placed third and the girls fourth at 10-team meets hosted by Ely. This week they are scheduled to compete Thursday in a meet hosted by Detroit Lakes.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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