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BEMIDJI -- After playing three games within a week, and winning all three, Bemidji High School girls soccer coach Kelly Schoonover decided that she would give her players a break today. Instead of hitting the practice field and fine tuning their strategy for Saturday's test at St. Cloud Cathedral, the Lumberjacks will have a team run at Diamond Point and then watch the Bemidji State University team face Missouri Western in the inaugural game at Chet Anderson Stadium. Prompting that decision were some nagging injuries to key players and the recent rigorous schedule.
EAST GRAND FORKS -- Bemidji trailed East Grand Forks 1-0 at halftime Thursday night but Lumberjacks boys soccer coach Rick Toward knew that his team did not have to make any major adjustments to overtake the Green Wave. "This was a very physical contest, it was a hard field and we were playing into the wind in the first half," Toward said. "Much of the play was spent in our end but at half we told the kids that this game wasn't going to be pretty and if we wanted to win we would have to outwork East Grand.
BEMIDJI -- The four-match winning streak to open the year was snapped Thursday as Eveleth-Gilbert handed the Bemidji girls tennis team a 5-2 loss at the high school courts. Eveleth-Gilbert is ranked in the top 10 in the Class A division and, according to BHS coach Mark Fodness, has a very strong lineup, especially in singles. That strength was evident Thursday as the visitors swept the singles matches, taking three of the four battles in straight sets.
BEMIDJI -- Sam Carlson won the boys meet, Jenna Truedson was second in the girls division and both Bemidji teams finished third at Thursday's cross country invitational hosted by Detroit Lakes. Carlson set the pace with a time of 17:12 and teammate Caleb Appleton was 14th in 18:00. Billy Freyholtz finished 19th (18:29) and Evan White was 24th (18:47). Also finishing for the Jacks were Noah Holter in 31st, Seth Neubeck (43rd) and Thomas Revering (79th). Alexandria won the boys meet with 75 points while Willmar scored 87, Bemidji 89, Moorhead 107 and Little Falls 137.
MOORHEAD -- Throughout the first three matches Bemidji High School volleyball coach Teresa Colligan saw signs that the Lumberjacks could be a very good team. But those signs were continually countered by stretches of play that featured inconsistencies and intermittent court communication. Thursday at Moorhead, however, the coach witnessed the full potential of her players as the Lumberjacks defeated Moorhead 25-20, 25-23, 25-21. The victory was the first in four matches for the Jacks and Colligan believes that Bemidji should experience continued success down the road.
BEMIDJI — Minnesota's state parks saw an overall decline in visitors this year, thanks to chilly, rainy weather that kept many people away at the start of the season. Visitation at Lake Bemidji State Park was down 5 percent this summer compared to 2012, according to park manager Pete Harrison. "But we did have just slightly more overnight visitors this year," Harrison added. The late spring is thought to be among the main factors in the lower number of visitors at Lake Bemidji State Park.
CASS LAKE -- The final stop in the 2013 Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) fishing series will be Friday Sept. 13 to Sunday Sept. 15 on the Cass Lake Chain. The event will be based out of Stony Point Resort in Cass Lake and the anglers will hit the water at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is reserved as the tournament's final fishing day if bad weather prevents the anglers from launching their boats either Friday or Saturday. The first flight of boats will return to the weigh-in area at Stony Point Resort at 4 p.m. each day.
BAGLEY — The Bagley-Fosston girls cross country team is very young although the team will be led by junior Marissa Carlson who will be seeking her fourth straight trip to...
BEMIDJI — TrekNorth will continue its cross country schedule Friday at a run hosted by Bemidji State at Greenwood Golf Course. Adam Lanz is the new head coach and he...
CASS LAKE — The Panthers started the fall with a bang as they defeated Red Lake County Central and Northome-Kelliher by 3-1 scores. Today they will shoot for their third...