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When the season began the schedule makers stuck the Bemidji boys hockey team with a monumental task: opening the winter with six road games. The marathon finally ended Tuesday in Warroad with a 1-0 victory and BHS defied all odds in posting a 5-0-1 record. Steve Heller swatted in a rebound of Tyler Follis' breakaway shot 10:41 into the middle period for Tuesday's lone goal and netminder Jeremiah Graves preserved the victory with 34 saves. "This wasn't a pretty win but anytime you win at Warroad it's a great victory," said Lumberjacks coach Wade Chiodo.
Bemidji High School boys basketball players gave coach Jeff Brown the perfect birthday present Saturday as the Lumberjacks capped a 2-0 record at the Lakes and Woods Classic by downing St. Cloud Cathedral 89-76. Saturday's victory kept the Lumberjacks unbeaten at 4-0. After playing four games in eight days, BHS can now take a breather as the Jacks are off until Dec. 21 when they entertain Sauk Rapids. "Winning Saturday and going 2-0 was a good birthday present," Brown said.
A schedule which included three games in as many days got the better of the Bemidji High School girls hockey team as the Lumberjacks dropped Saturday's 3-1 decision to Moorhead at The Sanford Center. The current stretch of games started Thursday when BHS lost 1-0 to Grand Rapids. Friday saw the Jacks blitz Holy Angels 10-0 but on Saturday the wear and tear of the schedule took its toll. "The kids tried their best but they didn't have anything left in the tank," said Bemidji coach Matt Menne.
The Bemidji High School boys swimmers and divers participated in the Apollo Relays Saturday and coach Scott Leindecker was pleased with what he saw. "Every event was a relay. There was no individual racing so it was more an exhibition than a meet," Leindecker said. "But it was live racing and we got what we needed out of it. "Many of our swimmers had times that were better than their final times of last season and that was great to see," the coach added. Bemidji begins its dual season Tuesday when it hosts Thief River Falls.
Bemidji's gymnastics team bettered Friday's season-opening score of 126.0 when it tallied 126.225 during Saturday's triangular with Fargo South and Fargo North at the Gym Bin. South won the meet with 132.275 and North was last with 112.850. "We did very well considering we had a short turnaround after finishing about 9 p.m. Friday and starting again at 2 p.m. Saturday," said BHS coach Don Papreck. Lumberjack Katie Jensen was fourth in the All-Around competition with a score of 32.05.
Jake Crosby posted a 4-1 overall record and captured third place at 125 pounds to lead Bemidji High School at this weekend's Paul Bunyan Invitational in Brainerd. After winning twice on Friday Crosby lost Saturday's opener but he rebounded to win his next two matches.
The winning ways continued for the Bemidji High School boys hockey team as the Lumberjacks dominated Apollo 6-0 Saturday in St. Cloud. The victory upped Bemidji's overall record to 4-0-1 and the Lumberjacks will conclude their exhausting season-opening road swing Tuesday when they visit Warroad. BHS will finally make its home debut Thursday when it hosts Thief River Falls at The Sanford Center. "We had a lot of shots and kept peppering the net but you could tell that the guys were a little tired," said Bemidji coach Wade Chiodo.
Katie Jensen scored 32.20 in the All-Around to lead the gym team to a 126-97.85 victory over Park Rapids Friday at the Gym Bin. Jenson captured the vault in 8.750 and was second in the bars (7.65), balance beam (7.550) and floor exercise (8.25). Teammate Jessica Berquist set the pace on the beam with a score of 8.650 and Lumberjack Brooke Beck won the floor with a score of 8.4. Kayla Johnk of Park Rapids took the bars with a 7.70 score. "It was a good start to the year," said BHS coach Don Papreck. "Friday's goal was to be in the mid-120s and I'm very satisfied with 126.
Brian Maas at 112 and Jake Crosby at 125 each won both of their matches during Friday's first two rounds of the Paul Bunyan Wrestling Invitational in Brainerd. Maas opened with a 10-5 victory over Brett Grund of BOLD and followed that win with a 3-1 overtime decision over Cody Ferris of Becker. Crosby dominated both of his Friday matches as he pinned Brandon Behler of Burnsville in 1:16 and blanked Rick Morales of BOLD 6-0. Winning their first matches Friday but dropping their second were Logan Crosby (119), Colton Doty (145), Brenden Fredricksen (189), Nick Maggert (215) and Alex Johnson (
Carey Woods scored 23 points and 11 different players found the scoreboard as the Bemidji High School boys basketball team thumped Park of Cottage Grove 77-38 Friday night in the opening round of the Woods and Lakes Classic. Grand Rapids stopped St. Cloud Cathedral 54-51 in the other opener. The Classic concludes today, with Grand Rapids facing Park at 12:30 and Bemidji meeting Cathedral about 2:30. "We came out with great energy and kept rolling with it," said BHS coach Jeff Brown.