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Pat Miller - This week at Bemidji High School: Schedule includes 18 events in five days

The sports programs at Bemidji High School had Monday off and will also be be free on Wednesday. During the other four days, however, Lumberjacks fans can have their choice choice of what to follow as the BHS teams will participate in 18 events in four days.

The mad rush begins today with six events and on Thursday the wrestlers and boys hockey players will be playing. Friday’s schedule calls for four more events and the week will culminate on Saturday with another six.

Today’s schedule sees the gymnasts and girls hockey players at home and the girls basketball, boys hockey wrestling and swimming teams on the road.

The gym team will host Detroit Lakes at the Gym Bin and the junior varsity meet is scheduled for 6 p.m. BHS is coming off a successful opener as the Lumberjacks blitzed Park Rapids 133.30-102.05 Friday in Park Rapids. Bemidji coach Don Papreck believes that this year’s squad has the talent to consistently score in the high 130s and to even crack the 140-point barrier by the end of the winter.

The gymnasts will have two opportunities to improve their scores this week as Friday finds them hosting Little Falls.

The girls hockey team will bring a 2-5-2 record into today’s 7:30 p.m. game against Crookston. In its most recent outing Bemidji fell 3-0 at Grand Rapids. Also last week the Jacks had their game at Detroit Lakes postponed due to the winter snow storm.

Tonight’s Crookston contest is one of two for the girls hockey team this week. Saturday finds it visiting Warroad, a team the Lumberjacks tied 1-1 in Bemidji on Nov. 26.

The girls basketball squad is 1-1 after last week’s 77-41 loss at Thief River Falls and its 66-55 victory at Grand Rapids. Tonight the Lumberjacks will entertain Hibbing in the home opener. Also on tap this week is Friday’s home game against St. Michael-Albertville.

The boys hockey team is 1-2 but could easily be 3-0 as both losses have come in overtime. The latest result saw BHS dropped a 2-1 overtime thriller at home to Moorhead. Bemidji scored late in the game to tie the score but the visitors tallied the winner during the first minute of the extra period.

Today sees the Jacks visiting Warroad and Thursday they will head to Thief River Falls. The week also will include Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at Monticello.

Also on the road tonight is the boys wrestling team which heads to Deer River to face Aitkin and the home team. Over the weekend Bemidji lost 37-27 to Perham and defeated Thief River Falls 46-25 at the TRF Invitational. On Saturday the Lumberjacks finished fifth in the eight-team Fosston-Bagley Invitational.

Placing second in their weight classes for BHS were Chance Hinrichs (106), Parker Beyer (120), Sean Feia (182) and Wyatt Yoemans (heavyweight).

Also on tap for the wrestlers this weekend are Tuesday’s home opener against Hibbing plus a trip to Brainerd Friday and Saturday for the Brainerd Invitational.

The boys swimmers and divers will begin their season today at Thief River Falls. The Jacks have been practicing for two weeks and new coach Megan Fuller is eager to see how her athletes will fare.

She will have another opportunity to gauge the team’s potential Saturday when the Lumberjacks participate in an invitational hosted by St. Cloud Apollo.

Last week the boys basketball team entered the victory column with a 78-64 home win over International Falls. On Saturday, however, BHS lost 81-51 to Buffalo, also at home.

This weekend the Lumberjacks will make a weekend road swing to the south as they play at Rogers on Friday night and at Monticello on Saturday afternoon. The next home appearance will be Dec. 19 against East Grand Forks.

The final Bemidji teams to open their seasons are the boys and girls skiers and they will hit the trails Saturday when they host their annual Montibello Relays at the Montebello Trails.

The skiers have one other pre-Christmas meet on their schedule as they will head to the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Dec. 19.

Girls swimming award winners

The BHS girls swimming and diving team held its annual season-ending dinner over the weekend and Libby McRae was named the Most Valuable Swimmer. Kylei Grosfield won the team award for the divers.

Other award winners included Hannah Sether (Most Improved), Danielle Hoven (Hardest Worker), Anna Ingalls (Coaches Award) and Anna Corradi (diving).

Earning letters for the swimming and diving team were:

Seniors: Kayla Hewitt, Danielle Hoven, Elizabeth Bellefy, Erin Arndt;

Juniors: Emily Kivi, Amayah Littlewolf;

Sophomores: Libby McRae, Morgan Williams, Jenna Hendricks, Mackenzie Ritchie;

Freshmen: Madi Knutson, Kendra Jacobson, Lauren Wadena, Kylei Grosfield, Anna Corradi;

Middle school: Paige Andersen, Gabbi Takkunen, Hannah Sether, Erin Meyer.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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