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Bemidji HS Saturday roundup: Frey, Hedstrom lead swimmers to invite title win

Behind a pair of event victories by Steph Frey and another by Jana Hedstrom the Bemidji girls swimming and diving team captured the championship of its invitational Saturday.

The Lumberjacks tallied 381 points while runner-up Grand Forks Red River had 342. Completing the top-five were Grand Forks Central (304), Moorhead (269) and Willmar (257.5).

Trailing the pack were Detroit Lakes (244.5), Warroad-Roseau-BGMR (232), Thief River Falls (134), Crookston (84) and Mesabi East (77).

"Before the meet it looked like the Grand Forks teams were the favorites but overall we swam well," said BHS coach Scott Leindecker.

"We had many bright spots, many okay performances and many not so good races. Overall, I think we could have done better and that gives us something to shoot for."

Among the bright spots was Frey who won the 100 free in 55.70 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.92. The latter time is under the state cut time and both times rank among the best in the state.

Hedstrom captured diving with 191 points.

Contributing a second-place finish was the 400 free relay unit of Erin Arndt, Laura Yourd, Maris Jahner and Frey who combined for a time of 3:58.27.

"We really didn't win the meet with a bunch of first and seconds," Leindecker said. "We won it because of our depth which gave us points throughout the top-16."

The Lumberjacks return to action Monday when they host Perham and Grand Rapids at 5 p.m.

Isak Sommer scored a pair of goals and added an assist to power the boys soccer team to a 5-0 victory at Two Harbors Saturday.

The victory extended Bemidji's unbeaten streak to five games and upped the overall record to 4-2-1. BHS will try to extend the streak Monday when it visits Detroit Lakes at 5:30 p.m. Earlier this fall the Lumberjacks downed the Lakers 4-1 in Bemidji.

Saturday's game was decided early as Bemidji scored one minute into the action and forged a 4-0 advantage at intermission.

"It was a very physical game but getting that early lead gave us a chance to rest our starters," said BHS coach Rick Toward. "Our bench played 30 of the 40 minutes of the second half and I was glad we could do that. We had four guys using ice bags at the end of the game."

Kyle Fodness opened the scoring 1:05 into the contest when he converted Tony Smith's throw-in. Less than six minutes later the Jacks struck again as Kovach scored courtesy of Sommer's feed.

At the 23-minute mark Sommer scored from Fodness and Max Hazelton capped the first-half scoring when he picked the defenseman's pocket and zipped a shot past the goalie.

Sommer upped the cushion to 5-0 five minutes into the second half when he converted Smith's assist and Toward employed his bench the rest of the game.

"The reserves deserved to play," the coach said. "They work as hard in practice as the starters do and it's always nice to be able to give them playing time."

Carl Graefe tossed the shutout as he stopped seven Two Harbors shots. The Jacks sent 13 at the Two Harbors goalie.

Erin Booth scored seven minutes into the second half to bring BHS within 2-1 but Cathedral dominated the rest of the play and handed the Jacks a 6-1 loss Saturday in St. Cloud.

"There was plenty of physical contact in this game and we were as aggressive as Cathedral was," said Bemidji coach Kelly Schoonover. "We were able to match Cathedral in contact but not able to match them in skill."

The home team scored the only two goals of the first half, the first coming five minutes in and the second at the 37-minute mark. Early in the second stanza, however, Booth converted from the right side of the box. Brit Kiser hit Booth with a perfect pass to set up the goal.

Cathedral, however, answered with four more goals to ice the victory.

"We played without senior sweeper Paige Niskanen (achilles injury) and we could have used her on Saturday," Schoonover said. "Hopefully she'll be ready by Thursday when we play at Grand Rapids."

Monday the Lumberjacks entertain Hibbing at 4:30 p.m. Bemidji will take a 3-4 overall record into the contest.

The volleyball team will host Dilworth-Glyndon Felton 7:15 p.m. Monday. This weekend found the Jacks in Marshall, Minn. for the Southwest Minnesota Classic.

Bemidji split a pair of matches Friday, losing 25-16, 25-9 to Burnsville but sweeping Lincoln 25-7, 25-19.

Saturday Bemidji went 0-3, losing 25-22, 25-22 to Woodbury, 25-17, 25-15 to St. Michael-Albertville and 25-22, 27-25 to Yellow Medicine.

"We were inconsistent the entire tournament," said BHS coach Teresa Colligan. "We had moments of brilliance and then we would ride off the roller coaster."

Jess Yost had nine kills against Woodbury and Allie Heifort six. Megan Wannebo had 11 digs and Jenna Sagedahl 16 set assists.

Against St. Michael-Albertville, Wannebo had nine digs while Liz Hirt and Yost had six. Sagedahl contributed 11 assists.

In the Yellow Medicine match, Yost had seven kills and Heifort six. Heifort also had two solo blocks and Sagedahl 17 assists.

Jesse Eck rushed 18 times for 109 yards and Ben Hengel gained 100 yards on five receptions during Friday's 35-6 Lumberjacks football victory over Fergus Falls.

Quarterback Mitchell Handricks completed seven of 12 passes for 135 yards. Hengel had five of the catches and Carey Woods snared the other two. Hendricks completed one for a TD and had one pass intercepted.

Eck finished with two touchdowns and Zach Declusin had one. Declusin rushed eight times for 27 yards. Kevin Nelson rushed nine times for 43 yards, Hendricks had six rushes for 36 yards and a touchdown, Brady Devescovi gained nine yards on three runs, Brady Schmidt had three yards on a run and Dion Fairbanks lost three yards on his only carry.

Bemidji finished with 359 total yards, including 224 on the ground. Fergus Falls had 55 total yards, 39 of them courtesy of the reserves in the waning stages of the game.

The Otter bench also collected the team's lone first down during the game's final drive.

Gunnar Nelson and Alex Schussman each scored two goals to lead the junior varsity boys soccer team to a 6-1 home victory Thursday against East Grand Forks.

Dylan Eichstad also was among Bemidji's goal scorers.

Saturday the JV blitzed Two Harbors 7-1 and improved its record to 6-0-1.

The Bemidji junior varsity girls tennis team won five of seven doubles matches and four of five singles games Thursday at Thief River Falls.

In doubles action, Olivia Dickenson and Annika Johnson posted an 8-1 victory as did Caitlin Puro and Kayla Snell and the team of Alle Bowman and Nora Kucera. Tara Bergeron and Mckayla Beaulieu claimed an 8-2 win.

Bemidji's other doubles victory was an 8-6 triumph by Nicolette Roy and Emily Ross.

Winning games in singles action were Alexis Wood, Johnson, Dickenson and Kucera.

Junior Varsity Tennis

Thursday's Results

At Thief River Falls


Olivia Dickenson and Annika Johnson (B) def. Loftberg and Thorstad 8-1

Loftberg and Thorstad (TRF) def. Alexis Wood and Kelcey Klime 8-2

Caitlin Puro and Kayla Snell (B) def. Huot and Thompson 8-1

Tara Bergeron and Mckayla Beaulieu (B) def. Huot and Thompson 8-2

Nicolette Roy and Emily Ross (B) def. Soley and Nyman 8-6

Alle Bowman and Nora Kucera (B) def. Soley and Nyman 8-1

Thorstad and Nyman (TRF) def. Jaisa Langhout and Kime 8-3


Wood (B) def. Soley 8-2

Johnson (B) def. Loftberg 8-5

Dickenson (B) def. Thompson 8-0

Thorstad (TRF) def. Puro 8-7

Kucera (B) def. Nyman 8-2

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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