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This week at Bemidji High School: It's back to business for Jacks

January is always a busy month for the Bemidji High School winter sports programs and this year, because of the recent postponements caused by the dangerously cold temperatures, there is little time for the athletes and coaches to catch their breath during the final two weeks of the month.

The mad dash begins tonight when five teams will be in action. Thursday’s schedule includes four high school events but Friday is a relatively quiet night as only the boys basketball team will hit the court.

The hectic pace resumes on Saturday, however, as sevem of the nine Lumberjacks teams will be busy.

Highlighting the weekend’s play is the boys basketball tournament which will feature Red Lake, Fond du Lac and Cristo Rey Jesuit of Chicago. Cristo Rey begins the week with a 5-5 record while Red Lake is 6-5 and Fond du Lac is 10-2. The Lumberjacks have had trouble putting together two productive halves and will bring a 1-11 record into the tournament.

Play begins 6:15 p.m. Friday when Red Lake will tangle with Fond du Lac. At 8 p.m. BHS will take on Cristo Rey.

Saturday’s schedule begins with Fond du Lac and Cristo Rey locking horns at 12:15 p.m. and the tournament will conclude at 2 p.m. when the Lumberjacks battle Red Lake.

BHS also will be at Detroit Lakes today.

The Jacks are coming off Friday’s 80-68 loss at Denfeld. In that game Bemidji fell behind early, staged a great rally to take the lead in the final minutes but couldn’t maintain that pace down the stretch.

The girls basketball team will try to snap a five-game losing streak today at Crookston. The game will be the first of three for the Jacks this week as they will host Brainerd on Thursday and entertain Duluth Denfeld 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

In its most recent start Bemidji struggled Saturday at Detroit Lakes and lost 86-46.

The boys hockey team will try to regain its winning ways today when it visits Moorhead. After winning three straight contests the Jacks were blitzed 8-1 at home by Roseau on Saturday. That loss evened Bemidji’s record at 7-7.

BHS also will host East Grand Forks on Thursday and travel to Hermantown on Saturday.

After losing 3-0 at Monticello and 3-1 at Chaska during the weekend the girls hockey team stands at 4-9-2. Megan Dondelinger scored the only goal of the weekend and if Bemidji hopes to regain its footing it will have to find some offense.

Today the Lumberjacks host Roseau, hoping to avenge a 4-1 loss in November. On Saturday they travel to Brainerd-Little Falls, looking for a repeat of a 9-0 victory over the Flying Warriors just before Christmas.

The swimmers and divers continue to improve and during Friday’s Bemidji Invitational the athletes hit their best times of the season in 22 races. Those performances paced BHS to a fifth-place finish in the eight-team meet.

BHS will try to continue to shave seconds off the times today when it hosts Thief River Falls. On Saturday the Jacks will join their section peers at the True Team meet hosted by Alexandria.

The wrestlers had a terrific weekend, blitzing Barnesville 39-25 and Columbia Heights 65-15 on Friday and placing second during Saturday’s nine-team Rick Lee Invitational with 186 points.

Badger-Greenbush-Middle River took the team title with 194 points and Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena was third with 179.

A trio of Lumberjacks won individual titles Saturday — Brian Maas at 113, Dylon Sauceda at 132 and Kade Johnson at 182.

On Thursday Bemidji (9-3) will head to Fosston where it will face BCLB and Fosston-Bagley. Saturday finds BHS at the Thief River Falls Invitational.

Among the early-January casualties was the Park Rapids gymnastics invitational on Jan. 4 and that meet will be made up this Saturday. Bemidji will be among the teams in the competition and the Lumberjacks hope to build on the success of the recent road trip to Alexandria and Moorhead.

On Friday BHS won the Alexandria Triangular by scoring a season-high of 136.20. Saturday found the Jacks at the Moorhead Invitational where they tallied 135.80 and placed second of nine teams.

The skiers were scheduled to take the week off but they have decided to head to Camp Ripley on Thursday for a meet hosted by Elk River. Last Saturday Bemidji participated in the Mesabi East Invitational at Giants Ridge where the boys placed 47th out of 73 teams and the girls 32nd out of 72.

Competing in the classic leg for the boys team were Austin Chatterton (10:12:30), Ethan Youso (10:31.00) and Sam Sharpe (10:42.30). The boys skate skiers were Billy Freyholtz (13:49.30), Josh Claussen (13:58.30) and Joel Carlson (14:24.30).

The girls classic skiers were Maari Stocker (11:27.30), Lauren Weaver (11:38.00) and Anna Ingalls (11:55.30) while the skaters were Jenna Truedson (15:07.0), Morgan Sagedahl (15:30.0) and Atomic Thorson (15:31.30).