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Bemidji HS Thursday sports preview: Boys soccer team looks to keep rolling vs.Crookston

The boys soccer team will share today's home spotlight with the volleyball squad while the cross country, girls soccer and tennis teams are on the road.

The Lumberjacks soccer team will entertain Crookston at 5 p.m. The busy week will continue Saturday when the boys soccer squad visits Brainerd.

Behind the offense of Max Hazelton and Kyle Fodness the boys soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games Monday when it downed Detroit Lakes 3-1.

Hazelton had two goals and an assist while Fodness notched a goal and assisted on both of Hazelton's tallies.

After opening the season 0-2 the Lumberjacks have gone 5-0-1. Included in that streak are a pair of victories over Detroit Lakes.

Bemidji's girls soccer team evened its record at 4-4 Monday with a 2-1 victory at Hibbing. Today the girls will return to the Iron Range for a 6:30 p.m. game against Grand Rapids.

Andrea Hanson and Caitlin Blotske scored Monday and Brit Kiser had an assist.

Casey Palmer had 11 saves.

Following last week's fine performances at Greenwood Golf Course, the Bemidji cross country teams head to Little Falls today.

Both the boys and girls squads finished second in team scoring at Greenwood. The boys scored 44 points and trailed only Grand Forks Red River.

Individually, Andy Berube was second as he finished the 5-km course in 17:19.0

Alex Schoneberger was fifth overall in 18:01.0 and John Buckanaga was sixth in 18:03.0.

Other Lumberjacks who ran varsity last week were Scott Hulsebus, Devin Danielson, Tanner Asper and Thomas Revering.

The girls squad tallied 50 points, a score bettered only by Brainerd which had 35.

Bailey Drewes finished second overall while Jenna Truedson was fourth and Jenna Truedson fifth.

Also running for the Jacks were Kayla Olson, Laura Edwards, Mikayla Connell and Emma Brokl.

After a lengthy layoff the Bemidji girls tennis team returned to action Tuesday with a pair of victories.

BHS traveled to Detroit Lakes where it blanked the host team 7-0 and blitzed East Grand Forks 6-1.

The Lumberjacks hope to continue their winning ways today when they meet Moorhead and Fergus Falls in Moorhead.

"Assuming everyone is healthy, we'll use the same group that we used at Detroit Lakes," said coach Mark Fodness. "The players will be the same but we probably will juggle the lineup."

Today's varsity candidates include Cortne Solberg, Jessica Solberg, Amy Frosaker, Claudia Bellew, Emma Nielsen, Katie Ditmanson, Claire Baumgartner, Haley Pollock, Cassie Bucher, Lauren Lund, Francesca Huerd, Jenna Lee and MacKenzie Schultz.

A busy week for the volleyball team will end 7:15 p.m. today when the Jacks host Grand Forks Red River.

The week began with five weekend matches in Marshall and continued Monday with a marathon five-set home loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

On Tuesday the Lumberjacks traveled to Brainerd and went four sets before posting a 25-19, 27-25, 23-25, 25-19 victory.

"It's been a long stretch for the players," BHS coach Teresa Colligan said. "I can't imagine they aren't tired. We could use a little break."

Bemidji will have the weekend off and return to action Monday at Grand Rapids.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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