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The Bemidji High School swimming team will be represented at next week's state meet by four athletes who will compete in five events. "Everything went as planned," said BHS coach Woody Leindecker.
Jake Crosby at 125 pounds and Colton Doty at 140 won Section 8-3A individual titles Saturday and earned berths at the state wrestling tournament. Crosby won his first two matches by pins and defeated Mith Mehnwerth of Sauk Rapids 6-1 in the championship match. Doty followed a similar route to his 140-pound title, posting pins against his first two opponents and downing Chris Keske of Sauk Rapids 5-2 in the title bout. Lumberjacks Logan Crosby at 119 and Al Johnson at heavyweight each placed third, Crosby losing the true-second match 7-5 to Dan Babineau of Brainerd. Johnson dropped his seco
High school athletics presents opportunities to create lifetime memories, and the Bemidji boys hockey team has already generated a scrapbook that the players will never forget. Saturday night at the Bemidji Community Arena the Lumberjacks added to their treasure chest as they raced past Brainerd 3-1 in the semifinals of the Section 8AA tournament. Wednesday night BHS will have another opportunity to create a lasting memory as it tangles with Moorhead for the section championship.
The Bemidji Community Arena will be buzzing tonight as Bemidji hosts Brainerd at 7 p.m. in the Section 8AA boys hockey semifinals. Tonight's contest matches two high flying teams which harbor visions of advancing to the state tournament. And both teams have legitimate chances of accomplishing that goal. "We'll have to bring our 'A' game and play three complete periods," said BHS coach Wade Chiodo. "Brainerd always competes hard, is a physical team and can score goals.
Jake Crosby, Colton Doty and Alex Johnson all earned top seeds in their weight classes at the Section 8-3A individual wrestling meet which began Friday at St.
Augustana holds the lead heading into today's final session of the NSIC women's indoor track and field meet at the BSU Rec Center. On the strength of a 1-3-4 finish in the 3,000 the Vikings enter today's final round with 60.5 team points.
The Bemidji boys swimmers and divers are in position to send two relays and a handful of swimmers to the state meet following Friday's preliminary round of the Section 3A meet in Willmar. In Friday's action the 200 free relay unit of Adam Falk, Nick Gubbels, Tyler Hemp and Dylan Hoven finished second in a time of 1:32.28 and the group will be among Friday's top eight finishers who will battle today for the four available state tournament berths. The same group was fifth in the 400 free relay (3:30.08) and also qualified for today's championship heat. Individually BHS saw Adam Falk and Nick
Bemidji's hopes for a top seed in the Section 8-3A boys basketball playoffs took a hit Thursday as the Lumberjacks dropped a 60-49 decision at Grand Rapids. The 8-3A seedings are determined by a percentage of points won compared to a percentage of points that are available as determined by a team's schedule. Heading into this week the concensus was that if Bemidji won its final three games the 8-3A top seed would be secured.
The Bemidji girls basketball team was awarded the fourth seed in the Section 7-3A playoffs and will host Cloquet 7 p.m. Tuesday in the quarterfinal. Tuesday's home game also affected the BHS boys basketball team which is scheduled to entertain Thief River Falls that night.
The Section 7-3A girls basketball seedings were announce Thursday and Bemidji was ranked fourth in the five-team section while Grand Rapids earned the top spot. The two teams met Thursday in Bemidji in a regular-season game, and if BHS can defeat No.