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Fast-starting Lumberjacks roll past Park in boys basketball

Bemidji's Mitch Brown drives for two points Friday night. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Carey Woods scored 23 points and 11 different players found the scoreboard as the Bemidji High School boys basketball team thumped Park of Cottage Grove 77-38 Friday night in the opening round of the Woods and Lakes Classic.

Grand Rapids stopped St. Cloud Cathedral 54-51 in the other opener.

The Classic concludes today, with Grand Rapids facing Park at 12:30 and Bemidji meeting Cathedral about 2:30.

"We came out with great energy and kept rolling with it," said BHS coach Jeff Brown. "We played hard and competed the entire game and that's all we ask the players to do."

That energetic start resulted in a 20-8 lead eight minutes into the action and a 45-19 advantage at the break.

Brown was able to go to the bench early and often and some of the reserves saw almost as much playing time as the starters.

"We had a chance to take a look at all of the kids and most of them played very well," the coach said.

Friday's win was Bemidji's third in as many starts.

Park (38): Cocchiarella 4, 0-0, 11; Howard 0, 2-2, 2; Gentz 1, 0-1, 2; Mair 1, 1-2, 3; Omot 3, 0-2, 6; Tola 1, 1-2, 3; Kruzeski 2, 1-2, 5; Vorwerk 3, 0-1, 6. Totals: 13, 5-12, 38.

Bemidji (77): Hengel 2, 0-0, 4; Rude 2, 1-2, 5; Kroening 2, 0-0, 4; Rutledge 2, 7-8, 11; Brown 2, 4-4, 8; Supalla 0, 0-0, 0; Woods 9, 2-4, 23; Cervenka 3, 1-2, 7; Vonasek 0, 1-2, 1; Richardson 4, 0-0, 8; Declusin 1, 0-1, 2; Sullivan 2, 0-0, 4. Totals: 29, 16-23, 77.

Fouls: Park 15, Bemidji 15

Halftime: Bemidji 45, Park 19

Katie Jensen scored 32.20 in the All-Around to lead the gym team to a 126-97.85 victory over Park Rapids Friday at the Gym Bin.

Jenson captured the vault in 8.750 and was second in the bars (7.65), balance beam (7.550) and floor exercise (8.25).

Teammate Jessica Berquist set the pace on the beam with a score of 8.650 and Lumberjack Brooke Beck won the floor with a score of 8.4.

Kayla Johnk of Park Rapids took the bars with a 7.70 score.

"It was a good start to the year," said BHS coach Don Papreck. "Friday's goal was to be in the mid-120s and I'm very satisfied with 126. I thought we looked better than we have at any practice."

Bemidji will return to the Gym Bin today when it hosts Fargo North and Fargo South. The junior varsity teams will compete at 1 p.m. and the varsity squads will follow.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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