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The break between the winter and spring sports seasons at Bemidji High School ends today as the BHS track and field teams head to the Bemidji State University Rec Center for the annual Lions Invitational. The field-event action begins at 1 p.m. with the girls high jump, girls shot, boys pole vault and boys long jump. On the track starting at 1 p.m.
The Bemidji High School wrestling team capped its state-tournament campaign Thursday when the Lumberjacks held their annual season-ending banquet at the high school. A year ago BHS compiled a 6-18 record and coach Rance Bahr challenged this season's athletes to double that victory total. His wrestlers took those words to heart and by early February the Lumberjacks had accomplished that goal. They continued to add to the victory total the rest of February and by the time the campaign ended at the state tournament in March Bemidji had fashioned a 21-11 dual record. "The 21 wins in a season i
The First National Bank Lumberjack Bonspiel celebrates its 15th birthday Friday and Saturday and during the previous 14 years it has raised more than $210,000 for the Bemidji school district's high school and middle school programs. Bemidji area residents are always looking for a reason to grab their brooms and slide a few rocks and the Lumberjack Bonspiel offers the perfect opportunity. "In January we announced that teams were being accepted and by the middle of February the 48 spots were filled," said Jan Reierson who is one of the event organizers. "We even have another 10 teams on the w
No one can pinpoint the hit that sent John Forseth to the hospital during the recent Section 8-2A championship hockey game against Moorhead. The best guess is that the injury occurred early in the first period when the Bemidji High School junior collided with a Spud player at center ice. "I have no memory of the hit but I watched the game tape and on the second shift I hit the Moorhead kid at center ice," John said. "I didn't think anything of it at the time and I played most of the rest of the period." "We don't think John made any contact with his head," said his mother, Terri.
The Bemidji boys hockey coaching staff, players, parents and fans celebrated the 23-3-2 season this week with the annual team dinner. This year's squad captured the Mariucci Conference title and also was unbeaten during the regular season against Section 8AA opponents. The top seed in the section playoffs, BHS advanced to the championship game where it eventually lost 2-0 to Moorhead. Senior goaltender Jeremiah Graves was honored as the team's most valuable player.
"March Madness" is a term that was created by NCAA basketball marketers to describe the frenzy of the annual Division I tournament, and through the years the moniker has proven to be an accurate description of how the public has embraced the event. "The madness comes from games being played from 11 a.m. to midnight and from the excitement created by all of the buzzer beaters and end-of-game situations," said Bemidji State University men's basketball coach Matt Bowen. Bowen has first-hand experience of the tournament and the madness it creates.
Fosston outscored Cass Lake-Bena 26-5 from the free throw line Tuesday and that disparity enabled the Greyhounds to defeat the Panthers 59-45 in the East Sub-Section 8A championship game at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. Tuesday's loss capped another strong season for CL-B as the Panthers ended the winter 22-7. Fosston improved to 20-6 and will take on either Warren-Alvarado-Oslo or Northern Freeze Friday at REA for the Section 8A crown. Fouls and free throws proved to be the difference Tuesday as Cass Lake-Bena was whistled for 28 personal fouls and Fosston only 10.
Jake Ellis found an opening under the basket, took a feed from Chad Wittner and scored with 2.9 seconds to play to give the Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball team a 47-46 victory over Red Lake County in Monday's East Sub-Section 8A semifinal game at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. CL-B (22-6) returns to the REA at 6 p.m.
Bagley will battle Thief River Falls at 7 p.m. today in the semifinals of the Section 8-2A boys basketball tournament at Crookston High School. Today's other semifinal sees Pequot Lakes facing Perham at Park Rapids. Bagley is the top seed in the North Sub-Section while Thief River Falls is ranked second. In the South, Perham holds the No. 1 seed and Pequot Lakes is ranked second. The Flyers advanced to today's contest by stopping East Grand Forks 54-47 Saturday night in Bagley.
The winter sports seasons at Bemidji High School ended Saturday when the boys basketball team lost 68-65 to Detroit Lakes in the Section 8-3A semifinals at St. Cloud State. On Oct.