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Following Friday's state Class A swimming meet preliminaries which saw Bemidji's Steph Frey post a 1:08.05 in the 100 breast stroke, the Bemidji sophomore set one personal goal for Saturday's championship heat. "I really want to go 1:07 and challenge for second place," Frey said Friday. And that is exactly what happened Saturday as she dropped one-half second off Friday's performance, finished in 1:07.48 and captured third place in the state meet. As a bonus, Frey also set a school record as she eclipsed the time of Irene Lundbecker who went 1:08.01 in 1994. Earlier Saturday Frey earned Al
Janie Johnson scored the inaugural Bemidji High School goal at the Bemidji Regional Event Center, but Thief River Falls spoiled the Lumberjacks' debut in the facility as the Prowlers posted a 4-2 victory Friday. The visitors outscored BHS 3-1 in the first period and, after the Jacks drew within 3-2 with 5:36 remaining in the third stanza on Allison Lapp's shorthanded tally, TRF iced the win with a power-play goal 21 seconds later. "I thought the goal we scored with five minutes to play would catapult us the rest of the way but then we gave up a demoralizing goal right away," said BHS coach M
Steph Frey accomplished her pre-meet goals Friday as the Bemidji sophomore finished fifth in the 200 free and sixth in the 100 breast stroke during the preliminary races at the state Class A swimming meet. Frey will return to Bemidji with a pair of All-State medals because Friday's efforts guaranteed her no worse than an eighth-place finish in today's finals. "How I race on Saturday makes no difference because I'm in the championship heat," Frey said.
Jana Hedstrom's stay at the Class A state diving competition came to an end Thursday as the Bemidji junior was 23rd after the first round of diving and failed to qualify for the second round. Only the top 20 divers following the first five dives advanced to the second round.
The competitive winter sports seasons at Bemidji High School begin today when the girls hockey team entertains Thief River Falls at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji Regional Events Center. Tonight's contest is one of three that the Lumberjacks will play at the BREC. On Dec. 11 BHS will host Moorhead at the new rink and the Jacks will close the regular season at the BREC Feb.
This fall a hunter near Clearwater Lake northwest of Bemidji shot a 12-year-old female bear during the fall hunting season. What he didn't know at the time was that the bear was collared and had been part of a DNR and Bemidji High School study for the past four years. The collar was obscured by fur and was not visible to the hunter. Had the hunter been able to see the collar he would have passed on the shot, according to DNR bear research biologist Dave Garshelis. "It was perfectly legal for the hunter to take this bear," Garshelis said.
Diver Jana Hedstrom will hold center stage for the Bemidji swimming and diving team today as the state meet begins at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The first day of the state meet begins at noon and is dedicated to diving and Hedstrom will be the fifth competitor in the 32-athlete rotation. Today's field will be paired in half as only the top 16 will qualify for Saturday's finals.
Anyone visiting a local business the past two weekends could not have missed the blaze orange clad men and women who were doing likewise. Bemidji is a destination for the hunters who head to northern Minnesota and the economic impact of the seasonal visitors, and the hunters who live in the Bemidji area, cannot be dismissed. "Nearly half of my annual business is related to hunting and shooting sales, including bullets, targets, guns, bows and arrows," said Mark Cook who owns Bluewater Outdoors. "When you consider that hunting is about a two-month season, that impact is huge." Bluewater Out
The perfect basketball team features a mixture of seasoned veterans and future starters, but in the world of college basketball perfect seldom happens. The Bemidji State University women's team is a case in point, as the BSU roster features only one senior, three juniors, a pair of sophomores and six freshmen. Tuesday night in the home and season opener, however, the underclassmen played like veterans and the result was an 87-76 victory over Mayville State. "One of the keys to the win was our point guard play," said Bemidji State coach Mike Curfman.
The Bemidji State football team placed three players on the NSIC North Division All-Conference first-team while seven Beavers were selected to the second-team. Representing BSU on the first-team offense were sophomore tight end Briahn Leonhardt and senior wide receiver Andrew Schultz. Rob Wills, a senior lineman, was Bemidji State's selection on the first-team defense. Bemidji State's picks on the second-team offense were junior enter Cory Immerman and sophomore runningback Dustin Kroeplin.