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The Bagley boys basketball team saw its 23-game winning streak snapped Saturday night when the Flyers lost 80-74 in triple overtime to Ada-Borup in the Pine to Prairie Conference championship game in Ada. Saturday's game matched the East and West division champions and was a rematch of a late-January game which saw Bagley prevail 85-77. This time, however, Ada-Borup earned its 19th victory in 23 outings.
The regular season for any high school sports team is a grind and at times the Bemidji coaches and athletes have to wonder why they put themselves through so much torture, enduring seemingly unending practices and boarding a bus when it's 30-below-zero to play at Moorhead one night and at Duluth the next. This week, however, the rewards of that toil and torment surface as the Lumberjacks are in the midst of their tournament campaigns. "The kids understand what is at stake and are excited," said BHS hockey coach Wade Chiodo whose squad will battle Moorhead at 7 p.m.
The Bemidji High School boys hockey team will face Moorhead 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls for the Section 8AA championship. Tickets will be available at the ticket booth next to the Bemidji High School activities office 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The prices, as determined by Section 8AA officials, are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Jake Crosby at 125 pounds and Colton Doty at 140 won Section 8-3A individual titles Saturday and earned berths at the state wrestling tournament. Crosby won his first two matches by pins and defeated Mith Mehnwerth of Sauk Rapids 6-1 in the championship match. Doty followed a similar route to his 140-pound title, posting pins against his first two opponents and downing Chris Keske of Sauk Rapids 5-2 in the title bout. Lumberjacks Logan Crosby at 119 and Al Johnson at heavyweight each placed third, Crosby losing the true-second match 7-5 to Dan Babineau of Brainerd. Johnson dropped his seco
High school athletics presents opportunities to create lifetime memories, and the Bemidji boys hockey team has already generated a scrapbook that the players will never forget. Saturday night at the Bemidji Community Arena the Lumberjacks added to their treasure chest as they raced past Brainerd 3-1 in the semifinals of the Section 8AA tournament. Wednesday night BHS will have another opportunity to create a lasting memory as it tangles with Moorhead for the section championship.
The Bemidji High School swimming team will be represented at next week's state meet by four athletes who will compete in five events. "Everything went as planned," said BHS coach Woody Leindecker.
Augustana holds the lead heading into today's final session of the NSIC women's indoor track and field meet at the BSU Rec Center. On the strength of a 1-3-4 finish in the 3,000 the Vikings enter today's final round with 60.5 team points.
Jake Crosby, Colton Doty and Alex Johnson all earned top seeds in their weight classes at the Section 8-3A individual wrestling meet which began Friday at St.
The Bemidji boys swimmers and divers are in position to send two relays and a handful of swimmers to the state meet following Friday's preliminary round of the Section 3A meet in Willmar. In Friday's action the 200 free relay unit of Adam Falk, Nick Gubbels, Tyler Hemp and Dylan Hoven finished second in a time of 1:32.28 and the group will be among Friday's top eight finishers who will battle today for the four available state tournament berths. The same group was fifth in the 400 free relay (3:30.08) and also qualified for today's championship heat. Individually BHS saw Adam Falk and Nick
The Bemidji Community Arena will be buzzing tonight as Bemidji hosts Brainerd at 7 p.m. in the Section 8AA boys hockey semifinals. Tonight's contest matches two high flying teams which harbor visions of advancing to the state tournament. And both teams have legitimate chances of accomplishing that goal. "We'll have to bring our 'A' game and play three complete periods," said BHS coach Wade Chiodo. "Brainerd always competes hard, is a physical team and can score goals.