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Bemidji HS Thursday preview: Full day set for Jacks

Another full day is set for Bemidji High winter sports teams with five events listed for tonight.

At home are the boys basketball and swim teams while the boys and girls hockey teams and wrestlers are on the road.

The cagers host Cloquet at 7:30, trying for their tenth win of the y ear.

It will not come easily for the 11-4 visiting Lumberjacks feature 6-10 center Chad Calaterra who hit 29 points in last year's contest at Cloquet.

But Bemidji pulled out the win 65-63 Ray Walker's last second field goal.

They will likely clog the inside and try to prohibit Calaterra from getting the ball while taking their chances on his four teammates to carry the load.,

In al likelihood he will get his 25 and Bemidji will have to outscore the visitors with their run and gun attack.

They are coming of a 71-45 win over Deer River Tuesday, a game in which their defense prevailed on a night when they committed 22 turnovers.

But they had four players reach double figures led Ryan Rude's 18 and hope to maintain that type of balance tonight.

Rude will team with Grant Richardson and Dan Frost up front with Woods brothers, Czar and Carey on the perimeter.

Swimmers tested

The swim team will face another stiff challenge from the Spuds who they beat 129-91 last year in a meet with expanded scoring.

Bemidji pulled out a 95-91 win over Detroit Lakes here Tuesday to reach 4-0 on the year.

They again had good scoring balance with seniors Matt Wilcox and Paul Voss, juniors Dylan Hoven, Adam Falk and Nick Nyberg and freshman Nick Gubbels all reaching double figures.

Bemidji swept all three relays and had double winners in Wilcox and Hoven and a single win from Voss.

Hockey games

Of the two hockey teams, the girls have a less demanding foe, matching their 15-4-1 mark against the Lakers 5-13-1 record.

Bemidji won last year's meeting 8-0 led by its senior contingent. Jess Hunt had a goal and assists for this y ear's crew.

The boys will be facing one of the state's better teams at Hermantown with the Hawks third rated in Class A.

They are 14-1 including wins over Crookston, Thief River and East Grand Forks by three to seven goal margins and an 8-0 win over St. Cloud Cathedral which fell to Bemidji 6-1. They also have beaten Grand Rapids 5-4. Bemidji beat the Rapids 3-1.

It will take a full effort to win at Hermantown. But the Jacks have been playing well of late and are now 11-6 with six wins in their last seven starts, losing only to Brainerd.

They are coming off a 3-0 win at Baudette, their fifth shutout of the season. Only four teams have scored more than three goals on Bemidji this year,.

Miah Graves will likely man the net with Jess Nemgar leading the attack with a team-leading 31 points. Rylee Curb has 23.

The JV puts its impressive 16-1 record on the line in the opener showing eight shutouts including its last three starts and allowing only 19 goals in 17 games.

Matmen hopeful

The wrestling team goes into tonight's quadrangular at Alexandria with an air of optimism facing teams it stands a good chance of competing with.

Bemidji dropped to 2-8 Tuesday at Greenbush in a 51-9 setback.

But Alex is 1-9 and Bertha-Hewitt 2-10 while Detroit Lakes, added to the card this week is 5-4 against a less demanding schedule.

Bemidji will fill 13 weights tonight open only at 215.

They will go with: 103-Nick Ness; 112-Logan Crosby; 119-Jake Crosby; 125-Craig Maas; 130-Kade Johnson 135-Dale Norton; 140- Drew Peterson; 145- Kodi Craft; 152-Russ Mason; 160-LeRoy Pacheco; 171-Corey Huber; 189-Brenden Fredrickson and Hwt-Alex Johnson.

Huber and Norton have been the most successful this winter but the Crosbys, Maas, the Johnsons, Peterson and Craft have been making progress and could produce wins tonight.

The team has added a triangular at Apollo Feb. 5 with Brainerd as the third team. The following day they wrestle at the Blaine dual meet tournament.