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This week at BHS: Wrestlers host annual Rick Lee Invitational Saturday

The highlight of the Bemidji wrestling season arrives Saturday when the Lumberjacks host their annual Rick Lee Invitational. Named in honor of former BHS coach and Bemidji High School Athletic Hall of Fame member, the Rick Lee Invitational will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Scheduled to join the Lumberjacks Saturday are Aitkin, BCLB, Cloquet, Greenbush-Middle River, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Perham, Roseau, Royalton and Little Falls. Bemidji split four matches at the Hibbing Invitational over the weekend and enters the week 5-5. On Friday the Jacks downed Nashwauk 45-18 and lost 39-31 to Chisago Lakes. Saturday’s results included a 44-30 win over Mound and a 46-22 loss to Centennial. Also included in this week’s wrestling schedule is a Thursday home match against Hibbing. That action is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start. Basketball The boys basketball team continues the quest for its first victory this week. Tonight sees the Lumberjacks hosting Thief River Falls and Friday they will entertain Duluth Denfeld. Last week BHS dropped to 0-10 after losing 71-46 to St. Michael-Albertville and 87-60 to Moorhead. Thief River Falls will bring a 7-3 record into tonight’s contest but among its losses was an 81-53 defeat at the hands of Moorhead. Like Bemidji, Denfeld is still searching for its initial win. The Hunters are 0-9 and head to Cambridge today. The BHS girls basketball team also had a slow start to the season, losing its first eight games. Recently, however the Jacks have played better and the result of that improved play has been a winning streak that includes three wins in the past four starts. Over the weekend Bemidji won a pair of home games, stopping Detroit Lakes 46-40 on Friday and bouncing Cloquet 53-37 on Saturday. Today the team will hope to continue its winning ways during a trip to Thief River Falls. The task will not be an easy one, however, as the Prowlers are 12-1. Among the wins was a 65-32 victory at Bemidji on Dec. 4. On Thursday BHS will travel to Duluth East. Hockey Bemidji’s boys and girls teams were both on the road Saturday and are both coming off ties. The girls team saw Fergus Falls rally for a 2-2 draw on Saturday while the boys outplayed Sartell but couldn’t overcome a pair of 5-minute major penalties and had to settle for a 4-4 tie. Saturday’s draw was the first for the boys team which will take a 4-8-1 record into today’s home game at the Sanford Center against Crookston. Saturday the Jacks will visit Roseau. Overtime is nothing new to the girls team, however. The Lumberjacks began the winter with four ties and now are 4-5-5. The girls team has two games this week. Today it visits Moorhead and Friday it will entertain Warroad at the Community Arena. Busy schedule The swimmers also will be home this week as the Jacks host their annual invitational Friday. Bemidji will welcome Detroit Lakes, Grand Forks Central, Grand Rapids, Moorhead, Perham, Grand Forks Red River and Thief River Falls and the action will begin at 5 p.m. BHS is coming off Saturday’s third-place finish at the five-team Detroit Lakes Invitational. Leading the team Saturday were Sam Howard who won the diving and the winning 200 free relay team. The gymnasts will be on the road over the weekend, competing at the Alexandria Invitational Friday night and heading to a meet hosted by Moorhead on Saturday. Bemidji is coming off Saturday’s winning performance at the Park Rapids Invitational. The Jacks scored 132 points at that competition and that is the third time this winter that BHS has scored at least 132 points. The skiers continue their search for snow and today they hope to find suitable conditions at Fergus Falls. Saturday they are scheduled to head east for the Mesabi East Invitational. On Saturday the boys and girls teams saw their meet at Deer River cancelled because of a lack of snow but coach Mark Walters was able to find adequate conditions at Alexandria. The boys team finished second, trailing only Section 8 favorite Brainerd. The girls team was fifth.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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