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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.
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.
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.
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.
The campaigns of the Bemidji High School winter sports teams officially ended Saturday as the BHS boys basketball team lost 68-65 to Detroit Lakes in the 8-3A semifinals at St. Cloud State. The Lumberjacks were the second seed in the field while Detroit Lakes was ranked third.
Bagley will battle Thief River Falls 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Sub-Section 8-2A boys basketball final and that winner will advance to the 8-2A championship game on Friday. The Flyers gained the sub-section final, which most likely will be at Crookston, by defeating East Grand Forks 54-47 Saturday in Bagley. Thief River Falls eliminated Crookston in Saturday's other sub-section semifinal. "We played well," said Bagley coach Chuck Anderson.
Kristi Buerkle accomplished her goal of becoming an All-America athlete Saturday as the Bemidji State University senior finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA II national championships in Albuquerque, N.M. During Friday's preliminaries Buerkle finished sixth with a time of 55.76. In Saturday's finals she bettered her time and her placement as she improved to fifth in a time of 55.34. "Kristi's mission was to become an All-American," said BSU coach Craig Hougen.
Section 8-3A is loaded with quality boys basketball teams and 3:45 p.m. today at St. Cloud State two of them, Bemidji and Detroit Lakes, will lock horns in the section semifinals. BHS ended its regular season 20-5 and Detroit Lakes finished 19-7. The Lumberjacks were seeded second in the section and the Lakers were third. Each club posted a victory in its opening-round playoff game, both harbor aspirations of qualifying for the state tournament and neither is ready to have the winter come to an end. Prior to the Bemidji-Detroit Lakes match-up top-ranked St.