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Celebrating all things Lumberjack: BHS honors athletes past and present at awards ceremony

Isaac Berg and Laura Bieberdorf pose with the plaques they received for being named Bemidji High School’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year on Monday night. (Austin Monteith |Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 2
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BEMIDJI -- Monday night was a celebration of Bemidji High School athletic prowess from generations past and present. The BHS Hall of Fame inducted five new members during the Lumberjacks’ awards banquet and ceremony that also honored the school’s best athletes of today.

Luke Glime, Lindsey (Gregg) Noble, Keith Hanson, Rich Glas and Theresa (Rabe) Templin were recognized for their achievements as Lumberjacks with their induction into the Hall of Fame.

Laura Bieberdorf and Isaac Berg commemorated the ends of their high school careers by taking home the awards for Female and Male Athlete of the Year.

Bieberdorf has been captain of the girls soccer and girls basketball teams and will play basketball at Concordia College in Moorhead next season. As a senior the future Cobber helped the BHS girls hoops team to its first winning season (14-13) since 2009-10 and a section playoff victory over Thief River Falls, its first playoff win since 2010-11.

Bemidji High School senior Laura Bieberdorf (21) reaches for a rebound during a game against Sartell-Saint in December 2016.

“It’s so humbling,” Bieberdorf said. “All the time that my teammates and I have put into being successful on and off the court, or field -- it’s just so humbling that I can’t even put words to it.”

Bieberdorf was also a brick wall in goal for the Jacks girls soccer team this past season, recording 10 clean sheets in 16 matches while posting a 0.625 goals against average.

She said she may try out for the Cobber soccer team but for now, her focus is on hoops.

“Right now it’s just for basketball,” she said. “We’ll see how basketball season goes and maybe I’ll try soccer, maybe not.”

Berg has been a force on Bemidji’s cross country and track and field teams, qualifying for state in both sports. BHS has qualified a team for the Class AA state meet in each of the past five years. Berg was a member of three of those teams, earning All-State honors the last two seasons while finishing ninth individually at state in 2016, 20th in 2015 and 106th in 2014.

Bemidji High School senior Isaac Berg runs during a cross country meet held in October 2016 at the Greenwood Golf Course.

Berg marks the third win for a BHS runner as Male Athlete of the Year in the last four years.

“Sam Carlson made it my freshman year and Caleb Appleton last year. They both really inspired me and my running,” Berg said. “I have to give them credit and all my other teammates for really pushing me and helping me at practice.”

Last season Berg helped the boys track and field team win its first section title since 1989. He was also a member of two BHS 4x800 relay teams that qualified for the Class AA state meet, taking fourth in 2016 and sixth in 2015.

North Dakota State will be Berg’s home for the next four years where he will continue his cross country and track careers.

“I can’t wait to start training this summer for cross country,” Berg said. “It’ll be interesting to see where things go.”

Uncle and nephew join HOF together

Keith Hanson didn’t realize at first that he would share the honor of being inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame alongside his nephew, Luke Glime.

“He was excited,” said Hanson, a defenseman on the 1974 state runner-up boys hockey team. “He told me about it that we were going in together. I go, ‘What?’ I’d never even heard about until Luke told me. It was a great honor to go in with my nephew.”

Hanson and Glime played hockey and football for the Jacks. They also both share the distinction of continuing their careers at the Division I level -- Hanson in hockey at Northern Michigan and Glime in football at Minnesota.

NMU made back-to-back Frozen Four appearances with Hanson in the lineup in 1980 and 1981. Hanson was drafted by the North Stars in 1977 and played in their farm system before being traded to Calgary where he played 25 games in the NHL with the Flames in 1983-84.

“Playing for BHS we had great coaches,” Hanson said. “All that stuff came together and it just helped me prepare for junior and college…. We also had the opportunity to play against great players. Roseau with the Brotens, the Grand Rapids team had the Bakers and the Mattsons back then. Hibbing and them they were great teams.”

Soon after Hanson hung up his skates, Glime began a football career that eventually led to All-State honors and a scholarship to the U of M for the offensive lineman.

“I can remember Luke growing up as a kid,” Hanson said. “He was always a good player. He’d always call up and ask me about certain things like especially when it came time to go to college to pick a school. I told him, ‘Hey if the Big Ten is knocking, go.’”

Hanson recently moved back to Bemidji following his retirement from teaching in Michigan. Though he had been away for decades, Bemidji long remained special to him.

“It was just an honor to be selected with such a fine group and good people too,” Hanson said. “That’s something that’s hard to replace. Being from Bemidji, even though I left when I was 18 and didn’t come back until last year, I always had Bemidji in my heart.”

Austin Monteith

Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.

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