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SKIING: Bemidji boys finish second at Brainerd, girls fourth

BRAINERD – The Bemidji High School skiing teams had a good test against a field of mostly sectional teams in Brainerd.

The Lumberjacks boys team took second place in the eight-team Brainerd Invitational Friday at the Northland Arboretum, while the girls placed fourth out of nine.

The continuous pursuit race, which consists of a three-kilometer classical lap followed by another lap with skate skis, was good for the Bemidji boys, who scored 358 points – just one point behind the host team.

The girls scored 335 points for fourth place. Little Falls took first with 389.

“It was a good solid showing for us with all the sectional teams,” BHS head coach Mark Walters said.

On the boys side, the Lumberjacks were led by Kyle and Tony Sagedahl, who placed third and fourth, respectively. Kyle finished the race in 18 minutes, 2 seconds, while Tony was right behind in 18:03.

St. Cloud Tech’s Cory Rouw won the race at 17:57.

“Pointwise, Brainerd was missing some people, but I think we would still have been at second,” Walters said. “And the Sagedahl brothers had a great race.”

In the girls race, Jenna Truedson and Morgan Sagedahl were also neck-and-neck. Truedson finished seventh at 22:01 while Sagedahl was eighth at 22:06.

Little Falls’ Maria Hauer won the race in 20:04.

The Jacks are scheduled to return to the course next Saturday, where they’ll be at either Deer River or Alexandria, weather permitting.

Boys Race

Team Scores

1-Brainerd 359; 2-Bemidji 358; 3-St. Cloud Tech 356; 4-Little Falls 354; 5-Mora 341; 6-Detroit Lakes 323; 7-Alexandria 308; 8-Ottertail Nordic INC.

Individual Results

1-Cory Rouw (Tech), 17:57.

Bemidji results: 3-K.Sagedahl 18:02; 4-T.Sagedahl 18:03; 16-Clausson 20:05; 23-Chatterton 20:46; 25-Freyholtz 20:49; 29-Molnar 21:20; 32-Sharp 21:49; 38-Youso 22:47; 45-Ericksson 24:11.

Girls Race

Team Scores

1-Little Falls 389; 2-Brainerd 366; 3-Mora 355; 4-Bemidji 335; 5-Alexandria 305; 6-St. Cloud Tech 268; 7-Ottertail Nordic 254; 8-Detroit Lakes INC; 9-Hibbing INC.

Individual Results

1-Hauer (Little Falls) 20:04

Bemidji Results: 7-Truedson 22:01; 8-Sagedahl 22:06; 22-Johnson 24:46; 32-Thorson 25:51; 42-Weaver 29:18; 45-Ingalls 30:57; 47-Tix 38:06.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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