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Carey Woods scored 23 points and 11 different players found the scoreboard as the Bemidji High School boys basketball team thumped Park of Cottage Grove 77-38 Friday night in the opening round of the Woods and Lakes Classic. Grand Rapids stopped St. Cloud Cathedral 54-51 in the other opener. The Classic concludes today, with Grand Rapids facing Park at 12:30 and Bemidji meeting Cathedral about 2:30. "We came out with great energy and kept rolling with it," said BHS coach Jeff Brown.
Brian Maas at 112 and Jake Crosby at 125 each won both of their matches during Friday's first two rounds of the Paul Bunyan Wrestling Invitational in Brainerd. Maas opened with a 10-5 victory over Brett Grund of BOLD and followed that win with a 3-1 overtime decision over Cody Ferris of Becker. Crosby dominated both of his Friday matches as he pinned Brandon Behler of Burnsville in 1:16 and blanked Rick Morales of BOLD 6-0. Winning their first matches Friday but dropping their second were Logan Crosby (119), Colton Doty (145), Brenden Fredricksen (189), Nick Maggert (215) and Alex Johnson (
Katie Jensen scored 32.20 in the All-Around to lead the gym team to a 126-97.85 victory over Park Rapids Friday at the Gym Bin. Jenson captured the vault in 8.750 and was second in the bars (7.65), balance beam (7.550) and floor exercise (8.25). Teammate Jessica Berquist set the pace on the beam with a score of 8.650 and Lumberjack Brooke Beck won the floor with a score of 8.4. Kayla Johnk of Park Rapids took the bars with a 7.70 score. "It was a good start to the year," said BHS coach Don Papreck. "Friday's goal was to be in the mid-120s and I'm very satisfied with 126.
Goals have been difficult to come by for the Bemidji girls hockey team this winter as the Lumberjacks scored 10 goals in their first eight games. Friday night against Holy Angels, however, BHS found the range and the result was a 10-0 demolition of the Stars at The Sanford Center. Becca Gregg notched four of the tallies, three of them coming in the second period when Bemidji expanded a 2-0 lead to a convincing 7-0 advantage. The Lumberjacks scored in a variety of fashions and dominated the slot in front of the Holy Angels net. "I like seeing those garbage goals," said Bemidji coach Matt Me
Laura Thompson had 21 saves but the only shot that eluded her proved to be the difference as the Bemidji girls hockey team lost 1-0 Thursday night to Grand Rapids-Greenway at the Community Arena. Morgan Illikainen connected on the power play with a screen shot from the point 55 seconds into the second period and the Lightning defense was able to keep the Lumberjacks off the board. "The game was very tight, very fast and very physical," said BHS coach Matt Menne.
If a potential recruit wants to know more about the strength and reputation of the NSIC, Bemidji State University men's basketball coach Matt Bown knows which name to drop. "When I go around the country and explain the league I mention that Winona is one of our members," Bowen said. "Winona is the benchmark of our entire league and mentioning Winona rings a bell with everybody. For the last seven to 10 years Winona has had a target on its back because it is a very good and very successful program." Today at 8 p.m.
Basketball fans are in for a treat this weekend as the Bemidji High School boys team hosts the annual Northland Lakes and Woods Classic and welcomes Grand Rapids, Park of Cottage Grove and St. Cloud Cathedral. Grand Rapids and Cathedral open the tournament 6 p.m. today and Bemidji will tangle with Park in tonight's late game. Saturday's schedule sees Park facing Grand Rapids at 12:30 p.m.
Rance Bahr wanted an early-season barometer which would show the potential of the Bemidji wrestling team in the Section 8AAA playdowns so he scheduled tonight's trip to Willmar. "Sauk Rapids and Willmar are the teams to beat in the section so this triangular will give us a good idea as to where we stand in the section," Bahr said. "We look to push both teams and I think we should because we match up well." The evening begins at 5 p.m. when the Lumberjacks tangle with Willmar. Following that match BHS will take on Sauk Rapids. "I'm optimistic that we can leave with two wins," Bahr said.
The winter sports seasons at Bemidji High School expand by two more teams this week as the gymnasts and the boys swimmers begin their schedules. After Saturday only the cross country skiers remain solely in practice mode as they will be off until Dec. 18 when they host the Bemidji Relays. The gymnasts host Park Rapids Friday at 6 p.m. and entertain Fargo South on Saturday at the Gym Bin.
Laura Bieberdorf of Bemidji couldn't wait until today, because the 11-year-old is making her first trip to the Metrodome to see the Vikings play football. "This will be my first time being at a Vikings game and I'm nervous, excited and a whole bunch of other feelings," Bieberdorf said. The youngster is nervous and excited because today's trip is more than a casual journey to the Twin Cities to watch some football.