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This week at Bemidji High School: Section tournament play continues

The season has ended for three of the Bemidji high school fall sports teams but for the volleyball, football and cross country squads the road to the state tournament begins this week.

The swimming and diving team continues its regular season with weekend meets at Grand Rapids and Buffalo. The Lumberjacks will begin their taper early next month as they prepare to compete in the section meet on Nov. 12.

A 14-14 regular season record helped the volleyball squad secure the third seed in the 8-3A North Sub-section and the Lumberjacks will open their postseason Friday at second-ranked Alexandria.

With five teams in the North sub-section, only one qualifying match needed to be held to reduce the field to the final four. That match is today when No. 4 Sartell entertains No. 5 Brainerd at 7 p.m.

That winner will head to top-seeded Moorhead 7 p.m. Friday while the Lumberjacks invade Alexandria at the same time.

The South sub-section includes six teams so two matches are needed today to trim that field to four teams.

Big Lake (No. 6) will visit St. Cloud Tech (No. 3) today while Sauk Rapids (No. 4) will host St. Cloud Apollo (No. 5).

Earning the top seeds in the South were St. Michael-Albertville and Monticello.

Following tonight's action the section teams will cross bracket. If Bemidji upsets the Cardinals Friday they will head to St. Michael-Albertville on Nov. 2 for an 8 p.m. contest. If the seedings hold true in the lower bracket, Moorhead will entertain Monticello on Nov. 2.

The 8-3A championship match will be No. 5 at a neutral site.

The football team had secured the top seed in 7-4A 10 days ago but its second-round opponent won't be decided until late tonight when Cloquet visits Hermantown.

As the top seed the Lumberjacks earned a bye in the first round of the section and won't play until Saturday against the winner of tonight's contest in Hermantown.

Bemidji State University also has a home game on Saturday as Northern State heads north for a 1 p.m. game so the high school game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

In the 7-4A lower bracket, Grand Rapids earned the No. 2 seed and also has a bye. The Thunderhawks will host either Duluth Central or Hibbing on Saturday. Those teams meet tonight in Duluth.

Saturday's victors will collide 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the home of the higher seed.

The cross country athletes will run in the 8AA meet Thursday at Fergus Falls. The boys meet is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. while the girls will begin their race at 4:15.

Moorhead appears to be the team to beat in both competitions but the top two teams gain the state and Bemidji is hopeful of making a run at those spots in both the girls and boys races.

Last week the Jacks squared off against Moorhead at their meet at Greenwood Golf Course. In the boys division Moorhead claimed four of the top five individual spots and finished with 21 team points. The Spuds also were ninth and 10th in the individual competition. BHS was led by Andy Berube who placed third in 16:49.80.

Bemidji also finished sixth, seventh, eighth, 11th and 13th.

Moorhead also captured the girls race at Greenwood with 27 points. BHS was second with 42.

Individually Bemidji finished 1-3-5-16-17-18-19 while the Spuds went 2-4-6-7-8-9-13.

Lumberjack Jenna Truedson was the overall winner while Bailey Drewes finished third and Kim Truedson fifth.

The swimmers and divers will end their regular season with a busy weekend as the Jacks head to the Grand Rapids Invitational 5 p.m. Friday and travel to the Buffalo Invitational 1 p.m. Saturday.

The meets represent Bemidji's final action prior to the Section 8A meet which will be held at the Bemidji High School Nov. 12-13.

Girls soccer coach Kelly Schoonover has scheduled the annual season-ending banquet for 6 p.m. Monday at the New City Ballroom.

The event will celebrate a 9-10 campaign which ended last week when the Lumberjacks lost a 2-1 shootout decision at Detroit Lakes in the 8A semifinals.

Even though the fall sports teams are in the thick of their tournament seasons, the winter squads are ready to begin their campaigns.

The first to start its season is the girls hockey team and they will hit the rink for their first practice Monday.

On Nov. 15 the boys hockey, girls basketball and gymnastics squads will open their practice seasons.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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