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This week at Bemidji High School: Swimmers host Section 8A meet

The fall sports seasons at Bemidji High School are coming to a close but the winter programs are eager to take their place.

The lone fall team still in action is the girls swimming and diving squad and Friday and Saturday the Lumberjacks will host their peers in the Section 8A meet at the high school pool.

Earlier this fall BHS captured the section’s True Team title and the Lumberjacks have devised their taper process to be at their peak this weekend so they can make a run at their third consecutive section championship.

“Our goal is to win the championship. Isn’t that every team’s goal?” said Bemidji coach Woody Leindecker. “We have a shot at winning this weekend but everything has to come together.”

The roster features a mix of veterans and youngsters and if the Jacks are to accomplish their goal each swimmer and diver has to contribute.

“We score the top 16 places and every point is important,” Leindecker said. “We have seven young swimmers who have never competed in a section meet and that is the most greenhorns we’ve had since I’ve been coaching. We need all of the underclassmen to jump in and score, at least in the consolation races (ninth through 16th).

“We also have our Big 4 in Danielle Hoven, Erin Arndt, Libby McRae and Morgan Miller, and they will form our anchor,” the coach continued.

Friday’s schedule begins with the diving preliminaries at 1 p.m. and the swimming preliminaries at 5 p.m. On Saturday the consolation and championship finals will be run beginning at 1 p.m.

“Our goal is to get points everywhere we can,” Leindecker said. “We will need to get our ducks in a row in Friday’s preliminaries and, hopefully, we’ll continue that success on Saturday.

“We have the team that can win the section title and so far everything has come together,” Leindecker continued. “Everybody on the roster has the potential to score and everybody knows that they have to do their best on Friday and again on Saturday.”

Cross country in top 10

The Jacks capped a wonderful cross country campaign by placing both the boys and and girls programs in the top 10 at Saturday’s state meet held at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Individually the Jacks also fared very well as Jenna Truedson captured third overall in the girls Class 2A meet and Sam Carlson was eighth in the boys race.

“It was a great day for us,” said BHS coach Ryan Aylesworth.

Carlson ran his personal best on Saturday as did teammates Caleb Appleton, Noah Holter and Evan White. Also competing for the Jacks were Billy Freyholtz, Seth Neubeck and Cody Freyholtz.

Joining Truedson in the girls race were Sadie Hamrin, Atomic Thorson, Arie Gislason, Ali Neubeck, Anna Gislason and Morgan Sagedahl.

Megan Serratore was unable to run because of an ankle injury.

Hockey season begins

The winter sports campaigns begin Friday when the BHS girls hockey team entertains East Grand Forks at the Community Arena.

Friday’s game begins an early-season homestand that sees the Lumberjacks hosting five of their first six games. The streak continues next week with games at the BCA against Grand Rapids (Nov. 12) and Thief River Falls (Nov. 15).

After visiting Roseau (Nov. 19) BHS returns to the BCA for games against International Falls (Nov. 21) and Warroad (Nov. 26).

Bemidji’s early-season roster includes six seniors and five juniors. The seniors include Savanna Hanson, Kelsey Isaacson, Jordyn Follis, Hanna Olson, Savannah DeLaHunt and Emily Frazeer.

The juniors include Sierra Anderson, Madelyn Tews, Megan Dondelinger, Sylvia Grimm and Mackenzie Hietala.

The roster also features three sophomores, three freshmen and an eighth grader.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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