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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.
Moorhead scored in the first three minutes and the last 23 seconds Wednesday night, and in between kept Bemidji's offense at bay at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. As a reward the Spuds captured the Section 8AA boys hockey championship and a trip to next week's state tournament. Logan Ness beat Bemidji goalie Jeremiah Graves with a perfect shot on the glove side 2:48 into the action to give the Spuds a lead they would not relinquish.
Bailey Drewes and Adam Holter were honored as the Most Valuable Athletes on the Bemidji Nordic girls and boys ski teams. The honors were announced at Tuesday's team dinner at the BSU Hobson Union. Drewes and Trent Buckanaga also received special recognition as All-State Academic skiers. Tony Sagedahl received a certificate signifying his participation at the state meet as did Holter and Drewes. Singled out as being among the team's most improved skiers were Morgan Sagedahl, Summer Johnson, Mikayla Connell, Sara Heisler, John Buckanaga, Trent Buckanaga, Jordan Sweep and Nicholas Connor. Th
Cass Lake-Bena earned the top seed in the East Sub-Section 8A boys basketball tournament and will open its postseason 6 p.m. March 10 at Bemidji State University against either No. 8 Clearbrook-Gonvick or No. 9 Lake of the Woods. Those teams will face each other Monday at Clearbrook-Gonvick. Other Monday play-in games find No. 6 Kelliher-Northome hosting No. 11 Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig and No. 10 Laporte visiting No. 7 Win-E-Mac. Following Cass Lake-Bena's game at BSU No. 5 Blackduck will tangle with No.
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 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 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 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.