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This week at Bemidji High School: Gymnasts, swimmers start seasons

The winter sports seasons at Bemidji High School expand by two more teams this week as the gymnasts and the boys swimmers begin their schedules.

After Saturday only the cross country skiers remain solely in practice mode as they will be off until Dec. 18 when they host the Bemidji Relays.

The gymnasts host Park Rapids Friday at 6 p.m. and entertain Fargo South on Saturday at the Gym Bin. Coach Don Papreck is working with a small squad which is led by seniors Katie Jensen, Brooke Beck, Jessi Bergquist and Chelsey Anderson.

Also back are sophomores Alshia Moe and Kylie Stedje, freshman Sara Erickson and eighth grader Amy Carey.

The boys swimmers don't have much time to ready for Saturday's season opener at the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational. The Jacks began practice last Monday and will have only 10 workouts prior to the opener.

BHS returns two swimmers who competed at the 2010 state meet, seniors Dylan Hoven and Adam Falk. Hoven finished fourth in the 50 and he and Falk were members of the 200 free relay unit which placed third. They also swam legs on the second-place 400 free relay squad.

Girls basketball hosts Thief River Falls

Last Thursday the girls basketball team struggled in a 42-38 loss to Sauk Rapids but the Jacks will hope to bounce back tonight when they host Thief River Falls at 7:30 p.m.

BHS will make its initial road trip of the winter Thursday when it visits Grand Rapids.

Points were at a premium in the Sauk Rapids game and leading the Jacks was Greta Steever with 12. Jess Yost finished with 11 and Summer Monstrud had eight. No other Lumberjack had more than three.

Boys basketball plans at Fargo South

The boys basketball team had a more successful opener as it blitzed East Grand Forks 77-55 last Friday. Carey Woods paced the offense with 32 points and Cody Rutledge added 10.

Today the Lumberjacks hope to maintain their winning ways as they head to Fargo South.

BHS will cap its week by hosting the annual Northland Lakes and Woods Classic Friday and Saturday.

Joining the Jacks for the tournament will be Grand Rapids, Park of Cottage Grove and St. Cloud Cathedral.

The action begins Friday night and resumes Saturday afternoon. Friday's schedule sees Grand Rapids facing Park at 6 p.m. and Bemidji tangling with Cathedral at 8 p.m. On Saturday the Thunderhawks will battle Cathedral at 12:30 p.m. and the Jacks-Park game will follow.

Road warriors

A third consecutive road victory to open the season is the objective of the boys hockey team tonight as the Jacks head to Sartell. On Thursday BHS slapped East Grand Forks 4-1 and Friday it thumped Monticello 6-3.

The road swing continues Thursday at Moorhead and Saturday Bemidji will visit St. Cloud Apollo. After playing at Warroad next Tuesday BHS will finally make its home debut Dec. 16 against Thief River Falls at The Sanford Center.

After two games Tyler Follis leads the offense as the senior scored twice in each contest. Matt Serratore collected a pair of goals against Monticello while Jordan Heller, Steven Heller, Max Hazelton and Jake White each have one goal.

Wrestlers head south

Sauk Rapids and Willmar are considered to be two of the top teams in the section and Bemidji coach Rance Bahr wanted an early-season test to see how his squad compared with the best of the best.

That test will come Thursday as the Jacks head to Willmar to face the host team and Sauk Rapids. On Friday and Saturday the Lumberjacks will compete in the Paul Bunyan Invitational in Brainerd.

BHS is coming off Friday's impressive 51-18 demolition of Deer River. Collecting wins for Bemidji were Brian Maas (112), Gary Molash (119), Logan Crosby (125), Jake Crosby (130), Craig Maas (135), Kade Johnson (145), Kodi Craft (152), Colton Doty (160), Tyler Molitor (171) and Logan Knutson (189).

Girls hockey returns to Sanford

Bemidji had a very successful weekend at Nymore Arena as the Jacks posted a pair of victories, downing North St. Paul 1-0 Friday and River Lakes (Rocori) 4-1 on Saturday.

BHS will also enjoy the home spotlight this week as it entertains Grand Rapids Thursday at the Community Arena, Holy Angels at Nymore on Friday and Moorhead at The Sanford Center on Saturday.

The four goals scored against River Lakes represented a high-water mark for the Lumberjacks. Amanda Hunt contributed two of the goals while Chaniel Nelson and Janie Johnson had the others.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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