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Volleyball team heads to Brainerd

The Bemidji volleyball and swimming and diving teams enjoyed the home spotlight Monday and local sports fans will have to wait until Thursday for another home appearance.

Once again, fans will have the opportunity to watch a pair of events Thursday as the boys soccer team entertains Crookston at 5 p.m. and the volleyball team hosts Grand Forks Red River at 7:15.

The schedule of home events also includes a Saturday matinee as the girls soccer squad will host Brainerd at 1 p.m.

Today's slate features road tests for the tennis and volleyball teams.

The tennis team has been off since Aug. 30 when it competed at the Brainerd Invitational. The Jacks did make a trip to Greenway-Coleraine on Sept. 2 but the varsity never made it to the court as a steady downpour cancelled the event.

Today's action signals the start of a busy week which includes a trip to Moorhead on Thursday for a triangular and a trek to the Hibbing Invitational on Saturday. Bemidji will face Moorhead and Fergus Falls at the Moorhead Triangular.

The volleyball team opened its week Monday with a home match against Dilworth-GF and today the Lumberjacks will head to Brainerd. The week will conclude Thursday with a home match against Grand Forks Red River.

Bemidji is coming off a 1-3 performance at last weekend's Southwest Minnesota Classic in Marshall and inconsistency was among the team's problem areas.

"We had moments of brilliance and then we would ride off the roller coaster," said BHS coach Teresa Colligan whose team entered Monday's match with a 4-4 record.

In the first round of the tournament Bemidji lost 25-16, 25-9 to Burnsville. Later that night the Jacks thumped Lincoln 25-7, 25-19.

Bemidji dropped all three of its Saturday matches, 25-22, 25-22 to Woodbury, 25-17, 25-15 to St. Michael-Albertville and 25-22, 27-25 to Yellow Medicine.

Jess Yost had 22 kills during Saturday's action while Jenna Sagedahl delivered 44 set assists.

Bemidji's cross-country teams head to Little Falls Thursday for their lone action of the week.

BHS is coming off runner-up finishes in the boys and girls divisions of Friday's home meet held at Greenwood Golf Course.

In the boys race Bemidji had 44 points and trailed only Grand Forks Red River which tallied 35. Andy Berube was the top runner for the Jacks as he finished second overall in 17:19.00.

Alex Schoneberger was fifth and John Buckanaga sixth.

In the girls division Bemidji scored 50 points. Bemidji won with 35 and Grand Rapids was third with 58.

Bailey Drewes finished second overall while teammates Jenna Truedson and Kim Truedson were fourth and fifth.

The boys soccer team will entertain Crookston at 5 p.m. Thursday while the girls will head to Grand Rapids. On Saturday both teams will battle Brainerd with the girls hosting the Warriors at 1 p.m. and the boys playing at Brainerd.

Prior to Monday's games the girls were 3-4 and the boys owned a 4-2-1 record. The boys squad was 4-0-1 in its last five outings.

The football team began the year with a pair of home victories, the latter Friday's 35-6 demolition of Fergus Falls. This week, however, the Jacks hit the road for the first time, visiting St. Cloud Apollo 7 p.m. Friday.

Apollo is 1-1, downing Fergus Falls 13-6 on opening night but falling 27-7 last week to Little Falls.

Against Fergus Falls the Lumberjacks led 14-6 at intermission and widened the gap throughout the second half. Jesse Eck was the main weapon on the ground as he gained 109 yards on 18 carries. He also scored a pair of touchdowns.

Ben Hengel was the primary target for quarterback Mitchell Hendricks as Hengel caught five passes for 100 yards and a TD.

The swimming and diving team competed Monday and will return to duty Saturday at the Hibbing Invitational.

Last Saturday the Lumberjacks captured the title of the Bemidji Invitational using its depth to collect points in most of the events.

The Jacks finished with 381 points while Grand Forks Red River was second with 342. A distant third was Grand Forks Central with 304.

Steph Frey was the individual winner of the 100 free and 100 breast stroke. She also swam a leg on the runner-up 400 free relay team.

Jenna Hedstrom was Bemidji's other event champion as she claimed the diving.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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