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Swimmers in home debut, skiers open

The boys swimming and diving team makes its home debut tonight and on Saturday the Bemidji High School boys and girls skiers will open their seasons at the middle school trail.

Every team except the boys basketball squad will see some action this week as the teams make a competitive push prior to the holiday break.

Swimmers, divers entertain TRF

Bemidji began the season at Saturday's St. Cloud Apollo relay meet and, although the Jacks were able to face live competition, today's 6 p.m. meet will give coach Woody Leindecker a better idea of his team's strengths and weaknesses.

"The Apollo meet was competitive and it showed that we are going to have some line-up holes in events other than the free style," Leindecker said. "In the past three years we've been trying to develop swimmers for events other than free style. Learning all four strokes is a lengthy process and with the boys program we have many kids who started swimming in high school rather than during elementary school with the BASS Club.

"Free style is a natural stroke while the others have to be learned and that is among the reasons we have been strong in the free events but not as strong in the other events," Leindecker said.

At the Apollo meet the coach was impressed with the performances of Nick Nyberg in the 500, Adam Falk in the fly and Dylan Hoven in the sprints.

"Nick swam the 500 and he was faster than he was last year at this time," Leindecker said.

"Dylan just returned from the USA Junior Nationals in Atlanta and he did very well in his events."

At the Junior National meet Hoven was 68th in a field of more than 120 in the 50 free. His time of 21.7 is among his top-four career bests and Hoven seems on pace to break his BHS record of 21.32 sometime this winter.

Leindecker doesn't have any data on Thief River Falls and today's goal will be to continue to make individual progress.

"You can tell that the kids are ready to race," Leindecker said. "Last week we picked up the pace in practice in terms of speed and aggressiveness and we look to keep improving against Thief River Falls.

"I would like to see the older kids get faster and the younger kids to have solid turns and do things the right way."

Girls BB team seeks initial win

At some point the girls basketball team will find its offense and the Lumberjacks hope that will happen tonight when they host Hibbing at 7:15 p.m.

BHS is 0-3 and is coming off last Thursday's 45-22 loss at Grand Rapids.

Tonight's contest is one of two home events for the Jacks this week as they also will host Apollo on Saturday. Next week finds Bemidji visiting Moorhead in its final pre-Christmas test.

Gymnasts head to Detroit Lakes

Bemidji's abbreviated pre-Christmas schedule ends today when the gym team travels to Detroit Lakes. The Jacks return to action Jan. 8 at Park Rapids.

BHS is coming off a pair of home events. Friday it stopped Park Rapids 126.0-97.85 and Saturday it scored 126.225 in a triangular meet. Fargo South won that competition and Fargo North was third.

Katie Jensen paced the Jacks in both competitions. Friday she recorded a 32.20 All-Around score and Saturday the junior posted a 32.050 All-Around.

Jessi Bergquist scored 31.6 Friday and 31.875 Saturday.

Road trip continues for boys hockey

The boys hockey team will play the final game of a six-game road trip to open the season tonight when it travels to Warroad for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

The Jacks enter the week 4-0-1 following Thursday's 1-1 tie at Moorhead and Saturday's 6-0 victory at St. Cloud Apollo.

Max Hazelton and Jordan Heller each scored twice against Apollo and Easton Halbert and Will Bruestle had single goals.

BHS will make its home debut Thursday when it entertains Thief River Falls at The Sanford Center.

Saturday the Jacks host Fergus Falls at Nymore.

Girls hockey team heads to Crookston

Last week the girls hockey team had three games in as many days and Bemidji went 1-2 during that stretch, downing Holy Angels 10-0 Friday but falling 1-0 to Grand Rapids Thursday and 3-1 to Moorhead on Saturday.

The Lumberjacks were exhausted by the end of the week and tired legs had a hand in the loss to the Spuds.

The busy schedule continues this week as Bemidji visits Crookston tonight, heads to East Grand Forks Thursday and travels to Brainerd on Saturday.

Wrestlers return home Thursday

The wrestling team will host Grand Rapids Thursday and head to Frazee for a tournament on Saturday.

BHS is coming off last weekend's 10th-place finish at the Paul Bunyan Invitational in Brainerd.

Jake Crosby was Bemidji's top individual finisher as the senior went 4-1 and finished in third place at 125 pounds.

Contributing fifths were Brian Maas at 112, Logan Crosby at 119 and heavyweight Alex Johnson.

Skiers host Bemidji Relays Saturday

The ski teams will open the season on the middle school trails Saturday morning as the Jacks stage their annual Bemidji Relays.

The meet is one of two that will be held in Bemidji. The other, the Bemidji Invitational, will be Jan. 22.

After the Christmas break BHS will head to Deer River (Dec. 28) and to Brainerd (Dec. 30).

Boys basketball

off until Dec. 21

With four victories under their belt, including two during last weekend's Lake and Woods Classic, the BHS boys basketball team will take a break. The Jacks are off until Dec. 21 when they host Sauk Rapids.

During the Lake and Woods Classic Bemidji (4-0) belted Park of Cottage Grove 77-38 and outgunned St. Cloud Cathedral 89-76. Carey Woods had 31 points in the latter victory while Ryan Rude scored 16, Mitch Brown 12 and Cody Rutledge 11.