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The Bemidji wrestling team recorded three champions and two runners-up on way to fifth place at Saturday's Rick Lee Invitational in Bemidji. Logan Crosby won the title at 119 as did Kade Johnson at 145 and Brenden Fredrickson at 171. In the team competition, BGMR took the title with 207 points while Aitken had 195, Perham 174.5, Royalton 152 and Bemidji 148.5. Trailing the pack were Nashwauk with 91, BCLBI with 90 and Roseau with 76. "Any time you advance five kids to the finals and get three champions it's a good day," said BHS coach Rance Bahr.
Dylan Hoven captured the 50 free and 100 free and Adam Falk won the 100 fly to lead the Bemidji boys swimming and diving team to fourth place at Friday's six-team Lumberjacks Invitational. The Jacks scored 395 points and trailed Detroit Lakes (523), Grand Rapids (479.5) and Grand Forks Red River (441). Completing the team scores were Perham with 277.5 and Moorhead with 145. "Our top guys swam very well and, overall, we are finishing the races better," said BHS coach Woody Leindecker.
Bemidji sports fans are offered a full day of action today as three BHS teams enjoy the local spotlight. The home schedule begins at 10 a.m. with the start of the annual Rick Lee wrestling invitational. At 1 p.m. the girls hockey team drops the puck at Nymore against Brainerd-Little Falls and the day will conclude with the boys hockey team entertaining Roseau 7:30 p.m. at the Community Arena. Today's lone road outing sees the gymnastics team heading to the Moorhead Invitational. Today's marquee matchup sees the boys hockey team hosting Roseau.
Jessi Bergquist placed fourth with an All-Around score of 33.85 to lead the Bemidji gymnastics team to third place at Friday's Alexandria Invitational. The Lumberjacks also recorded their highest team score of the season when they reached 131.4. New London Spicer won the meet with 138.45 and Alexandria was second at 132.65.
The boys swimming and diving team owns the home spotlight today as the Lumberjacks stage their annual invitational. Today's only other action sees the gymnasts traveling to the Alexandria Invitational. Tonight's swimming and diving competition begins at 5 p.m. Joining the Lumberjacks will be Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, Thief River Falls, Grand Forks Red River, Grand Forks Central and Perham. BHS is coming off Saturday's runner-up showing at the Detroit Lakes Invitational.
The progress of the Bemidji wrestling team was evident Thursday when the Lumberjacks dumped Hibbing 49-28 in Bemidji. A year ago Hibbing coasted to a 60-10 victory but Thursday BHS took control early by claiming four of the first five matches and the visitors never threatened. Tyler O'Bierne started the evening with a second-period pin at 103.
Tyler Follis scored a pair of goals in the first period and Jeremiah Graves made 17 saves to lead the Bemidji boys hockey team to a 2-1 victory over East Grand Forks Thursday at The Sanford Center. The win extended Bemidji's winning streak to six games and upped the Lumberjacks' overall record to 13-1-1.
Duluth East took a 33-25 lead at intermission and maintained an edge the rest of the way as the Greyhounds handed Bemidji's girls basketball team a 70-59 loss Thursday in Duluth. The setback dropped the Lumberjacks to 4-7. Jess Yost scored 26 points Thursday. Cheyenne Woods added 11 and Summer Monsrud 8. Bemidji (59): Erpelding 0, 0-0, 0; Monsrud 3, 2-3, 8; Sagedahl 3, 1-2, 7; Yost 9, 7-9, 26; Woods 3, 5-6, 11; Morehouse 0, 0-0, 0; Hadrava 3, 1-3, 7.
Wrestling fans are in for a treat this week as Bemidji will be home for back-to-back events today and Saturday. Tonight the Lumberjacks will welcome Hibbing for a dual and Saturday they will stage the annual Rick Lee Invitational. "We're excited to have a home meet today and host our tournament on Saturday," said BHS coach Rance Bahr. "The nature of wrestling is to have more than 75 percent of your schedule on the road and travel every weekend.
Defense and goaltending dominated both ends of the rink Tuesday night as the Bemidji girls hockey team invaded Moorhead and the result was a 0-0 stalemate. "We couldn't quite finish our chances," said BHS coach Matt Menne's whose team stands at 5-10-2. "It was a typical Bemidji-Moorhead game.