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The Aaron Wald rink split its first two matches at the World Junior Curling Championships Saturday in Perth, Scotland, belting the Czech Republic 8-3 in the opening round but falling 9-3 to Norway in the evening session. Today the USA champion rink, which includes Josh Bahr of Bemidji, Wald of Chisholm, Jared Zezel of Hibbing and John Muller of Hibbing, will face Sweden.
Dylan Hoven ended his Bemidji High school swimming career in style as the senior sprinter finished second in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100 free Saturday at the state swimming meet hosted by the University of Minnesota. His efforts, and those of his teammates Adam Falk, Nick Nyberg and Nick Gubbels, combined for 69 team points and a 12th-place finish at state. Fergus Falls won the Class A title with 205, edging St. Thomas Academy which tallied 204. "Everybody swam very well and placed as high as they could," said Lumberjacks coach Woody Leindecker.
A week ago the Bemidji girls basketball team hosted Grand Rapids and outplayed the Thunderhawks for 28 minutes, forging an 11-point lead with 10 minutes to play. Grand Rapids, however, rallied in the closing minutes and handed BHS an eight-point loss in the regular-season finale. Friday night in Grand Rapids, the teams squared off again, this time in the semifinals of the Section 7-3A tournament, and from the opening tip the Thunderhawks gave notice that there would be no upset on this night. Grand Rapids, the section's top seed, turned the opening tip into a fast-break bucket and never loo
The Bemidji High boys basketball team will own the second seed in the Section 8-3A playoffs and will open the tournament at home Tuesday. Any hopes of a top seed ended Thursday when St. Cloud Apollo stopped St. Cloud Tech Friday night. That victory gave Apollo the top spot and dropped the Lumberjacks into second. As it turns out the Apollo-Tech outcome would not have made any difference as the Lumberjacks lost their season finale 68-54 Friday at home to Detroit Lakes. Although the official seeding won't be determined until sometime this weekend, Apollo will be No. 1, Bemidji No.
Bemidji's Dylan Hoven is in the hunt for a pair of state championships as the senior will be the first seed in the 50 freestyle and the third seed in the 100 free during today's championship races at the state swimming meet. During Friday's preliminaries, Hoven swam career bests in both races. His 21.23 time in the 50 free also was a Bemidji school record and bettered the previous standard of 21.32 which Hoven set last year in the state finals. If Hoven is to win the 50 free today, however, BHS coach Woody Leindecker believes that he will have to swim even faster.
Jake Crosby and Colton Doty dropped their opening matches Friday at the Class 3A state wrestling meet and their future in the meet depended upon the success of their first-round opponents. Doty was beaten 14-5 by Colten LaChance of Hastings in the 140-pound first round and LaChance stopped Cody Skog of Cambridge-Isanti in the second round. LaChance's victory gave Doty new life as he survived to face Skog in Friday's wrestlebacks. Doty dominated Skog for all but the final seconds of the wrestleback as he forged a 16-7 lead late in the third period only to be taken down and pinned with 10 sec
Josh Bahr of Bemidji and his curling teammates will begin their quest for the World Junior Championship today in Perth, Scotland. The Aaron Wald rink, which includes Bahr, Wald of Cloquet, Jared Zezel of Hibbing and John Muller of Hibbing, captured the USA championship a month ago and today the group will face Czechoslovakia in the morning round and Norway in the evening session. The event features 10 boys teams and the round-robin will end Thursday.
The highly successful season for the Bemidji wrestling team ended Thursday as the Lumberjacks dropped both of their matches at the Class 3A state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
The Bemidji basketball teams will both be in action today as the girls head to Grand Rapids for the Section 7-3A semifinals at 7 p.m. and the boys host Detroit Lakes in their final regular-season game. The girls team is on a hot streak after demolishing Coquet 59-30 Tuesday in the section quarterfinal.
The state high school swimming meet begins today at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center and Bemidji will be represented by four athletes and an alternate who will compete in five events. Individually Nick Nyberg and Adam Falk will swim in the 300 free, Dylan Hoven in the 50 free and 100 free and Nyberg in the 500 free.