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Tuesday afternoon at practice the Bemidji wrestlers entertained themselves with a few spirited head-to-head battles. The matches were officiated by the coaches who made up the rules of engagement along the way. There were no roster positions at stake. Instead, the matches were held to provide a fun way to close the 2010-11 practice schedule. "We're not going to add anything at this point in the season," said Lumberjacks coach Rance Bahr. "We're just having a little fun." BHS is one of only eight Class 3A teams which held a full team practice Tuesday.
Following Thursday's 66-49 loss at Grand Rapids the Bemidji boys basketball coaches and players discussed at length what had happened and, more importantly, how to make sure a result like that never happens again. "We had a few team meetings since that game," BHS coach Jeff Brown said.
Will Bruestle has experienced a unique perspective to this year's hockey season. During the first two-thirds of the campaign the senior forward helped the Lumberjacks compile a 17-2-1 record and forge a solid foundation that would lead to tonight's Section 8AA championship game against Moorhead. Then, on Jan.
The transformation of the Bemidji girls basketball team continued Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Section 7-3A tournament as the Lumberjacks dismantled Cloquet 59-30 in Bemidji. Earlier this year BHS squeaked past Cloquet 55-53 but Tuesday there was no doubt as to which team deserved to move into the semifinals and tangle with top-seeded Grand Rapids. Bemidji will face the Thunderhawks 7 p.m.
The Bagley boys basketball team saw its 23-game winning streak snapped Saturday night when the Flyers lost 80-74 in triple overtime to Ada-Borup in the Pine to Prairie Conference championship game in Ada. Saturday's game matched the East and West division champions and was a rematch of a late-January game which saw Bagley prevail 85-77. This time, however, Ada-Borup earned its 19th victory in 23 outings.
The regular season for any high school sports team is a grind and at times the Bemidji coaches and athletes have to wonder why they put themselves through so much torture, enduring seemingly unending practices and boarding a bus when it's 30-below-zero to play at Moorhead one night and at Duluth the next. This week, however, the rewards of that toil and torment surface as the Lumberjacks are in the midst of their tournament campaigns. "The kids understand what is at stake and are excited," said BHS hockey coach Wade Chiodo whose squad will battle Moorhead at 7 p.m.
The Bemidji High School boys hockey team will face Moorhead 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls for the Section 8AA championship. Tickets will be available at the ticket booth next to the Bemidji High School activities office 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The prices, as determined by Section 8AA officials, are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Jake Crosby at 125 pounds and Colton Doty at 140 won Section 8-3A individual titles Saturday and earned berths at the state wrestling tournament. Crosby won his first two matches by pins and defeated Mith Mehnwerth of Sauk Rapids 6-1 in the championship match. Doty followed a similar route to his 140-pound title, posting pins against his first two opponents and downing Chris Keske of Sauk Rapids 5-2 in the title bout. Lumberjacks Logan Crosby at 119 and Al Johnson at heavyweight each placed third, Crosby losing the true-second match 7-5 to Dan Babineau of Brainerd. Johnson dropped his seco
High school athletics presents opportunities to create lifetime memories, and the Bemidji boys hockey team has already generated a scrapbook that the players will never forget. Saturday night at the Bemidji Community Arena the Lumberjacks added to their treasure chest as they raced past Brainerd 3-1 in the semifinals of the Section 8AA tournament. Wednesday night BHS will have another opportunity to create a lasting memory as it tangles with Moorhead for the section championship.
The Bemidji High School swimming team will be represented at next week's state meet by four athletes who will compete in five events. "Everything went as planned," said BHS coach Woody Leindecker.