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This week at BHS: Tennis, boys soccer, swimming teams home to retain unbeaten status

 Another busy week for the Lumberjacks sports programs began Monday when the girls soccer squad hosted Grand Rapids in its next-to-last home appearance.

The boys soccer team also has only one more home game on its schedule, an Oct. 5 date with Moorhead.

The girls tennis team has completed its home slate and has three meets to go before beginning the playoffs.

The football, volleyball, cross country and swimming teams are about midway through their regular seasons and still have time to improve their weak areas.

The hot Lumberjacks teams are the girls tennis and boys soccer squads. The tennis team upped its dual record to 9-0 Saturday when it blanked Fergus Falls 7-0 and blistered Moorhead 6-1 while the boys soccer team improved to 9-0-1 Saturday with a 2-0 victory at Brainerd.

Injuries have forced the Lumberjacks tennis coaching staff to alter the lineup in recent meets. Fortunately, the team’s balance has allowed BHS to continue its ascent through the area competition.

Last Saturday Amy Frosaker moved up to No. 1 singles and won both of her matches in straight sets.

Claudia Bellew and Kenzie Schultz shared the second singles duties while Sarah McNallan handled the No. 3 chores and Nicollette Roy played at No. 4.

Annika Johnson and Olivia Dickinson teamed at No. 1 doubles against Fergus Falls and then watched from the sidelines as Alexis Konecne and Megan Serratore took over against Moorhead after playing No. 2 in the meet with the Otters.

Jenna Lee and Claire Baumgartner assumed the No. 2 doubles slot against the Spuds and the Jacks employed two different teams at third doubles.

Against Fergus Falls Lexy Wood and Erin Edlund won in three sets while Catilin Puro and Kayla Snell posted a straight-set victory in the Moorhead match.

“Our team has a wonderful amount of depth and it is great to see players not only step up to play the matches competitively but to win them,” said BHS assistant coach Kristen Olson.

“The coaching staff is happy to see that our athletes have risen to the challenge.”

This week the tennis team has only one meet and that will come Wednesday when it visits Grand Rapids. Earlier this fall the Lumberjacks nipped the Thunderhawks 4-3 in Bemidji.

The regular season will end Oct. 2 when Bemidji faces Crookston at Grand Forks and makes a stop at East Grand Forks on the way home.

The 8-2A team tournament will begin Oct. 5.

Busy week ahead

Both soccer squads will head west this week as the boys visit Moorhead today and the girls make the same trip Thursday. Rick Toward’s boys team also will travel to Crookston Thursday and to Sartell on Saturday.

Defense has been among the strengths of the boys team as the Jacks have allowed only six goals in 10 games. BHS has recorded five shutouts and only in the 3-2 win at Detroit Lakes has an opponent scored more than one goal.

The girls team opened with five wins in its first six games but then dropped four of its next five. They Jacks hoped to snap that streak Monday night.

In Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Brainerd Cassidy Morris stopped nine Warrior shots in the first half and helped Bemidji battle Brainerd to a 0-0 tie. The visitors took better advantage of their second-half opportunities, however, and slipped three shots past Morris.

The cross country teams head to the University of Minnesota Saturday for the giant Roy Griak Invitational. That meet annually attracts the top teams in Minnesota and will give the Lumberjacks coaches a true indication of Bemidji’s potential.

Leading the Jacks will be Jenna Truedson and Sam Carlson. Truedson has won each of her races this fall and is ranked No. 3 in the state. Carlson has set the pace for the boys team and last week finished sixth individually in the giant Milaca Mega Meet.

The swimmers entertain neighborhood rival Park Rapids 6 p.m. today in their only competition of the week.

Bemidji is 4-0 in dual action and has won two of the three invitationals that it has entered.

Similar to the situation with the tennis team, depth and talent have enabled the coaching staff to mix and match the lineup to offer the best opportunity for victory and to challenge the athletes in other than their normal events.

“We’ve had talented teams before but not one as versatile and deep as this team,” said BHS coach Woody Leindecker. “It’s going to be fun watching this team develop. If you swim the same events over and over you aren’t going to progress. You’ll get stale. So it is good for the swimmers to try different events.”

The volleyball team is also having a stellar fall and will take a 9-3 record into Thursday’s home match against Grand Rapids.

Over the weekend Bemidji split four matches at the Eagle Invitational hosted by Apple Valley. In Friday’s first two rounds the Lumberjacks fell 25-13, 25-20 to Blaine and downed Apple Valley 30-28, 25-22.

During Saturday’s consolation action BHS battered Moorhead 25-20, 25-10 and then dropped a 25-17, 25-22 decision to Waconia in the consolation final.

Blaine entered the weekend ranked second in Minnesota’s Class 3A poll while Waconia was rated eighth.

Last week the junior varsity volleyball team won four matches, stopping Brainerd 25-21, 25-14, sweeping Nevis 25-18, 25-18, blitzing Duluth East 25-15, 15-14 and stopping Roseau 25-16, 25-17.

Those scores were reversed in Sunday’s Pioneer.

The football team is 2-2 after fading in the second half of Friday’s 40-23 loss at Brainerd.

Bemidji led 14-6 at the break and 17-12 after three periods but was outscored 28-6 in the fourth quarter.

This week the Lumberjacks will host Grand Rapids in the annual Homecoming game. Grand Rapids is 0-4 with losses to Duluth East (27-7), Moorhead (41-21), St. Cloud Tech (47-350 and Sartell (27-8).

Hamrin leads Trek North

Sarah Hamrin paced Trek North at Saturday’s Class A girls varsity meet at Milaca.

Hamrin finished 11th overall with a time of 15:25.7. Teammate Hannah Marty was 127th in 18:49.4.

In the Class A boys varsity meet, Sebastian Holman was 126th in 19:55.2.

Sadie Hamrin won the seventh grade girls race in 12:16.

“The kids ran great with Sarah, and Sebastian posting personal records,” said Trek North coach Mike Munson. “The Hamrins are running with determination and their peak is yet to be found. Hannah’s rebounding from a calf injury and ran what we wanted her to without pushing.”

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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