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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.