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This week at BHS: regular seasons coming to a close

The MEA break traditionally signals the end of the regular season for many high school programs and that is the case in Bemidji this fall.

The tennis team has already concluded its campaign as the Lumberjacks finished second in the 8AA team tournament and the doubles tandem of Cortne and Jessica Solberg placed third in the individual tournament.

The girls soccer team saw its season come to a conclusion last Thursday when it dropped a 2-1 shootout decision at Detroit Lakes. That game was deadlocked 1-1 after regulation but the Lakers outscored the Lumberjacks 3-2 in the shootout.

The boys soccer team has qualified for the 8A semifinals and will head to Sartell today. If it wins, BHS will play for the section crown Thursday at a site and time to be determined.

The football team will end its regular season 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sartell while the volleyball squad visits Lake of the Woods 7:30 p.m. today in its regular-season finale.

The lone fall sports team that will continue its regular season beyond this week is the swimming and diving squad and its season will extend through the Buffalo Invitational on Oct. 30.

Today sees the swimmers and divers entertaining Fosston at 6 p.m. Next Tuesday the Jacks will head to Moorhead to start a final week which sees Bemidji at the Grand Rapids Invitational Oct. 29 and at Buffalo the next day.

The soccer team will be at Sartell 4 p.m. today in the Section 8A semifinals and if the Lumberjacks can upset the Sabers they will advance to Thursday's 8A title game.

Bemidji entered the 8A tournament as the second seed from the North while Sartell was ranked No. 1 in the South. Today's other section battle sees Hillcrest Lutheran Academy entertaining St. Cloud Cathedral. HLA is the top-ranked team from the North while Cathedral is seeded second in the South.

BHS has yet to allow a goal in the section tournament. The Jacks opened with a 5-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and last Thursday they tipped Detroit Lakes 1-0. Both of those games were in Bemidji.

Sartell received a bye in the opening round and then blitzed Becker 6-1.

HLA also had a first-round bye but barely made it into today's semifinals as it escaped No. 4 seed Alexandria 1-0 in two overtimes last Thursday.

Cathedral's run to the section semifinals included a 4-1 win over Sauk Rapids and a 2-0 shutout of Little Falls.

The regular season will come to a close today for the cross country teams as the Lumberjacks host a meet beginning at 4 p.m. at Greenwood Golf Course.

Scheduled to join Bemidji are Trek North, Detroit Lakes, Crosby-Ironton and Indus.

BHS has been idle since Oct. 12 when the boys were third at the St. Cloud Tech Invitational and the girls fourth.

In that meet Andy Berube led the Jacks with a time of 16:43. Dan Clemenson finished the race in 17:06, Alex Schoneberger in 17:08, John Buckanaga in 17:14, Jake Urban in 17:28, Sam Carlson in 17:38 and Ryan Erickson in 17:48.

The girls were paced by Jenna Truedson with a time of 15:06. Bailey Drewes hit the tape in 15:06, Kim Truedson in 15:26, Laura Edwards in 16:48, Dani Gronhovd in 17:00, Mikayla Connel in 17:03 and Emma Brokl in 17:06.

The regular season will end today for the volleyball team as the Lumberjacks travel to Lake of the Woods.

A win tonight would give the Jacks a 14-14 regular season record. The postseason is set to begin Oct. 27 but where Bemidji will be seeded and the playoff schedule won't be determined until later this week after the coaches confer.

BHS is coming off a 2-2 performance at Saturday's Alexandria Invitational. Bemidji downed Elk River 25-22, 25-20 but lost to North St. Paul and Alexandria in pool play.

In the fifth-place match the Lumberjacks thumped Rocori 25-22, 25-23.

MEA usually means a short week for high school football teams as traditional Friday contests are pushed ahead to Wednesday.

And that's the case with Bemidji's gridders as they will head to Sartell in search of a final regular season record of 7-1.

BHS is coming off last week's 22-7 victory at St. Cloud Tech and Wednesday's outcome will have no bearing on postseason position.

The Lumberjacks already have cemented the top seed in 7-4A and will be home for the first two playoff games if they advance that far.

The Jacks are expected to have a first-round bye (Oct. 26) and will take their initial section test Oct. 30 at home. If they win that game the Lumberjacks will be home again on Nov. 5.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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