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Steve Heller scored 7:20 into overtime to lift the Bemidji boys hockey team to a 3-2 victory over St. Cloud Tech Tuesday at Nymore Arena. Last February the Tigers and Lumberjacks staged a classic 6-overtime marathon in the 8AA quarterfinals and Tech eventually outlasted BHS 3-2.
Jeff Brown wasn't sure what to expect when his Bemidji boys basketball team hosted Crookston Tuesday night. The Lumberjacks would have an edge in speed and quickness but Crookston's starting cast included 6-9 senior William Pankow, 6-5 senior Tim Desrosier and 6-3 senior Chris Larson. "I was worried about their size," Brown admitted. "We tried to counter that by using a variety of presses and zone defenses." The different defenses worked to perfection as the Lumberjacks roared to a 41-24 halftime edge and coasted to an 86-48 victory.
The Bemidji boys Nordic ski team captured the title at Tuesday's Detroit Lakes Invitational at Maplelag Ski Area. Although official team points were not available to the coaches, BHS and Brainerd initially tied for first place, according to Lumberjack coach Mark Walters. Bemidji, however, awarded the team victory after comparing the results of each team's fifth finisher. "What a difference a few days, cooler temperatures and better snow can make," Walters said, referring to the rain and soggy snow that the skiers battled at Brainerd on Dec.
The holiday break is over and the Bemidji High School winter sports teams all are busy this week, especially the boys basketball team which will be home today, Friday and Saturday. The boys hockey team will also be home tonight while the other home event this week will come Thursday as the boys swimmers and divers entertain Grand Rapids. Boys BB team entertains Pirates Bemidji's boys cagers begin a three-game homestand 7:30 p.m.
Josh Bahr will represent Bemidji at the men's U.S. Junior National Curling Championships Jan. 29-Feb. 5 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Serving as vice-skip, Bahr helped the Aaron Wald rink capture the championship of the Minnesota junior curling regional this weekend at the Bemidji Curling Club. Wald finished the nine-team round-robin with a 7-1 record and won the state title without a playoff. Finishing the round-robin with 6-2 records were the Trevor Andrews rink of Bemidji and the Tyler Runing rink of Mankato.
The Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball team and the Bagley-Fosston hockey team were the lone area squads to see action last week. The Panthers went 2-1 at the Crosby-Ironton basketball tournament. CL-B claimed its opener 67-60 over Moose Lake but dropped a 67-51 decision to C-I.
St. Cloud scored the tying goal with 3:05 remaining in regulation and tallied the game-winner 1:57 into overtime to defeat Bemidji 3-2 and capture the championship of the Paul Bunyan International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Sunday at The Sanford Center. Goals by Alex Pollock and Jack Johnson gave the host team a 2-1 lead after the first period and Bemidji maintained that advantage until St.
The Bemidji Pee Wee hockey team claimed first place in the North Division pool and defeated Armstrong-Cooper 3-1 in Saturday's championship bracket semifinal to reach the title game of the Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament championship. Bemidji will meet St. Cloud at 2:30 p.m. today at The Sanford Center. St. Cloud advanced with a 4-3 victory over Andover. Armstrong-Cooper and Andover will battle for the championship consolation crown 2:30 p.m. today at the Community Arena. Today's action begins at 9 a.m.
The Aaron Wald and Trevor Andrews rinks are tied for first place in the Minnesota Junior Curling Championship round-robin after Saturday's play at the Bemidji Curling Club. The two teams are 5-1 heading into today's final two draws. In Saturday night's late session, Andrews scored two in the 10th end to defeat Tony Wright 9-7, and Tyler Runing handed Wald its first loss, scoring three in the 10th for a 9-6 victory. Trailing Wald and Andrews are Runing at 4-2, William Howieson and Wright at 3-3, Eric Johannsen at 3-4, Taylor Ausen and Tanner Blaqoue at 2-4 and Noah Fiskness at 1-6. In Frida
The Trevor Andrews rink of Bemidji leads the field at the Minnesota Regional Junior Curling Tournament as the rink owned a 4-0 record prior to Friday's late round. Because of Friday's early Pioneer deadlines caused by the winter storm, results of the late draw were unavailable at press time. Thursday night Andrews thumped Noah Fiskness 11-2.