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The Section 7-3A girls basketball seedings were announce Thursday and Bemidji was ranked fourth in the five-team section while Grand Rapids earned the top spot. The two teams met Thursday in Bemidji in a regular-season game, and if BHS can defeat No.
Bemidji's hopes for a top seed in the Section 8-3A boys basketball playoffs took a hit Thursday as the Lumberjacks dropped a 60-49 decision at Grand Rapids. The 8-3A seedings are determined by a percentage of points won compared to a percentage of points that are available as determined by a team's schedule. Heading into this week the concensus was that if Bemidji won its final three games the 8-3A top seed would be secured.
The Bemidji girls basketball team was awarded the fourth seed in the Section 7-3A playoffs and will host Cloquet 7 p.m. Tuesday in the quarterfinal. Tuesday's home game also affected the BHS boys basketball team which is scheduled to entertain Thief River Falls that night.
More than 500 athletes will fill the BSU Gillett Recreation Center this weekend as the Bemidji State men's and women's track and field athletes host the NSIC indoor meet. "There will be 11 women's teams and 10 men's teams represented," said BSU track coach Craig Hougen. "And among those teams will be some of the best track and field athletes in the United States." Included in that category is Kristi Buerkle of Bemidji State.
With a berth at the state team tournament already in hand the Bemidji High School wrestlers will try to duplicate that success in the Section 8-3A individual tournament which begins today at St.
When the winter began the ultimate goal of the Bemidji girls basketball team was to be better at the end of the season than it was at the beginning. The regular season officially ends 7:15 p.m. today as the Lumberjacks entertain Grand Rapids. The game also will give the players and the coaches another opportunity to gauge the team's improvement as BHS lost 45-22 at Grand Rapids in early December. Tuesday's 46-34 home victory over Detroit Lakes was an indicator that the Lumberjacks may be peaking at the right time. The win reversed a 49-46 loss at Detroit Lakes on Jan.
Tyler Follis ripped a high wrist shot off River Lakes goaltender Andrew Groseclose within the first minute of play Tuesday night and that shot would be a precursor of what would follow as the Lumberjacks advanced to the Section 8AA hockey semifinals with an 8-2 victory at the Community Arena. BHS pelted Groseclose with 57 shots but the senior more than stood his ground during the first two periods as the Jacks managed only a 2-1 lead. Groseclose, however, eventually wilted under Bemidji's relentless pressure and BHS scored six goals in the final stanza to win its section opener. "We knew th
Jess Yost scored 17 points to power the Bemidji girls basketball team to a 46-34 home victory Tuesday over Detroit Lakes. Tuesday's win was Bemidji's second in a row and the two-game winning streak comes off the heels of a nine-game losing stretch. Detroit Lakes owned a 12-11 record prior to Tuesday while the Lumberjacks were 5-15.
It will be Bagley against Ada-Borup Saturday at Ada for the Pine to Prairie Conference basketball championship in both the boys and girls divisions. This winter the conference expanded to 12 teams and league officials created a North and a South division. Bagley earned the North title in both the boys and girls divisions while Ada-Borup did the same in the South. Bagley's girls team won twice last week and improved to 14-10.
With the regular season a thing of the past, the Bemidji High School boys hockey team begins its quest for the ultimate prize 7 p.m. today when it hosts River Lakes at the Community Arena in the Section 8AA quarterfinals. "It's the real deal now," said BHS coach Wade Chiodo. "We're done with the regular season and we have to be ready to go each night from now on. Our intensity has to be very high." The Lumberjacks had a terrific regular season and enter the section competition as the top seed with a 21-2-2 record.