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Dylan Hoven won the 50 free and 100 free to lead the Bemidji swimmers and divers at Saturday's Hibbing Invitational. Bloomington Jefferson took the team title with 316 points while the Lumberjacks were eighth in the nine-team field with 178. Hoven set a pool record on his way to the 50 free championship as he finished in 21.89.
Katie Jensen captured the all-around with a 33.55 and Jessica Bergquist was second with 32.9 to lead the Bemidji gymnastics team to a 130.40-120.70 victory over Detroit Lakes Saturday at the Gym Bin. "The kids pulled through nicely," said BHS coach Don Papreck. "Detroit Lakes didn't bring its full varsity team because it competed Friday night at Perham but we competed well and it was a nice win." Lumberjacks Alyshia Moe and Brooke Beck tied for third place in the all-around with scores of 31.8. BHS swept the top four spots in the vault and Jensen set the pace with 8.75.
The Bemidji boys basketball team is at a distinct disadvantage in terms of team height compared to many of its opponents and Saturday afternoon at the BHS gym St. Cloud Apollo used its size to full advantage, handing the Lumberjacks a 76-68 loss. Saturday's setback was Bemidji's second in 17 games while the Eagles improved to 13-4. "Apollo is the best complete team we've faced all year in terms of a strong inside and outside game," said Jacks coach Jeff Brown. "In the first half we weren't physical or aggressive enough to match Apollo's inside game.
The Bemidji hockey team capped a successful weekend Saturday with a workmanlike 5-1 victory over Fargo North at the Nymore Arena. Saturday's win came off the heels of Friday's 6-0 victory at Roseau and upped the Jacks overall record to 19-2-1. BHS will be home Tuesday when it entertains Moorhead at the Community Arena. The Lumberjacks prevailed Saturday despite missing two key players.
When the season began Bemidji wrestling coach Rance Bahr challenged his athletes to double last year's dual-meet victory total of six. Friday night at St.
The Bemidji High School boys hockey team maintained the top spot of the Mariucci Conference and Section 8AA Friday as the Lumberjacks blanked Roseau 6-0 on the Rams' ice Friday's victory upped Bemidji's overall record to 18-2-1 and the Lumberjacks remained unbeaten in Section 8AA action with a 6-0-1 record. Moorhead, which Bemidji tied 1-1 in early December, is 5-1-1.
With the regular seasons winding down, Bemidji High School sports fans should take advantage of the limited remaining opportunities to follow their teams. Today finds three Lumberjack squads enjoying the home spotlight as the gymnasts entertain Detroit Lakes at 1 p.m. at the Gym Bin, the boys basketball team hosts St. Cloud Apollo at 2:45 p.m. and the boys hockey team entertains Fargo North 7:30 p.m.
Bemidji sports fans will have to travel to follow their teams today as three BHS squads will compete on the road. The boys hockey team heads to Roseau for a conference and section contest while the wrestlers visit St. Cloud Apollo for a dual match and the girls basketball team travels to East Grand Forks. Bemidji's hockey team is 17-2-1 and owns a 7-3 home win over the Rams. Roseau has struggled this winter and, after falling 5-4 at home to Warroad in overtime on Tuesday, the perennial state power is only 8-10. "But Roseau is always tough on its home ice," said BHS coach Wade Chiodo.
The Bemidji girls hockey team closed the book on the regular season Thursday as it dropped a 6-3 decision to Roseau at The Sanford Center. BHS trailed 5-0 before staging a furious comeback in the third period and drew within 5-3 with seven minutes to play. The Rams, however, iced the win with a power play tally at 13:39. "After trailing 5-0 going into the third period our goal was to score a couple of goals and win the final 17 minutes," said BHS coach Matt Menne. "We did that and it was exciting to see the kids react on the bench during the comeback. "We begin the playoffs Feb.
Deer abundance throughout much of the Bemidji area has declined and this year's total harvest numbers reflect that drop, according to Bemidji Area assistant DNR wildlife supervisor Blane Klemek. Comparing individual permit area harvest figures to previous years is difficult because the boundaries and the harvest options in some of the areas changed this year. Permit area 184, for example, became a lottery area in 2010 after years of liberal hunting regulations which included intensive harvest, early antlerless and managed status. While total deer harvest in 184 decreased 35.2 percent this f