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Kyle Fodness notched a hat trick and Connor McNallan tossed a shutout as the Bemidji boys soccer team rolled over Hibbing 8-0 Thursday in Bemidji. The win improved Bemidji's record to 8-3-1 and the Jacks will try to improve that mark Saturday when they host St. Cloud Apollo at 1 p.m. "We scored immediately and just kept coming at Hibbing," said BHS coach Rick Toward. "We did everything we wanted to do. We possessed the ball and we bombed shots. It was a great day for us." The Lumberjacks took control early as Max Hazelton converted a Fodness feed at 4:12.
Perfect conditions greeted Bemidji area ruffed grouse hunters during opening weekend and hunters who put in their time, especially hunters with dogs, were able to flush birds. A hunter who worked a trail with his dog east of Bemidji on opening morning reported flushing a dozen grouse and bagging two in 2.5 hours.
The Kabekona River south of Bemidji offers unique opportunities for area brook trout anglers and enhancing those opportunities, at the request of many Kabekona River anglers, spurred DNR officials to consider an experimental regulation on a portion of the stream. Park Rapids DNR Area Fisheries supervisor Doug Kingsley and assistant Edie Evarts brought those considerations to the public Monday night in Laporte and offered three options: -- Maintaining the current statewide regulations (a daily limit of 5 with one allowed over 16 inches); -- Implementing a catch-and-release regulation on the
On way to a 7-3-1 record the Bemidji boys soccer team has allowed only 12 goals and a pair of senior defenders are, in large part, responsible. "Tanner Koetter and Tony Smith are the heart and soul of our defense," said BHS coach Rick Toward. "They play an unheralded position but how many times do you hear that the best offense is a great defense? "That is true in our case.
The Bemidji girls tennis team made the most of its first home appearance Tuesday as the Lumberjacks swept a triangular with Detroit Lakes and Crookston. BHS blanked Detroit Lakes 7-0 and stopped the Pirates 6-1. More importantly, the girls played well in both matches. "We took care of business in singles and we saw many good things with our doubles teams," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "Crookston padded its doubles teams and I was anxious to see how we would do.
The bear harvest in the Bemidji area was down 65 percent after four days from a year ago but saw only a 30 percent drop after nine days. The harvest seems to follow an every-other-year cycle in the Bemidji and Park Rapids areas, according to DNR officials, and this was the year the harvest was expected to decline. "In the Park Rapids area we notice ups and downs every other year with the bear harvest," said Greg Henderson, a DNR wildlife technician in Park Rapids.
A perfect athletic schedule would feature half the contests on the road and the other half at home. Playing away from home is important because the athletes must learn how to perform at their best in enemy territory. The majority of the post-season events are not played on home turf so learning how to win away from home is vital to any team and any program that wishes to challenge for tournament laurels. But playing at home also is important to a successful program. At times the pressure to win can be even greater when an athlete is performing in front of family and friends.
Bemidji's Josie Spry scored 17 minutes into the game, but Brainerd countered with a pair of goals in the first half and the Warriors hung on through a scoreless second period to down the Lumberjack girls soccer team 2-1 Saturday in Bemidji. Saturday's setback evened Bemidji's record at 5-5. The Lumberjacks will try to better the .500 mark Tuesday when they entertain Moorhead at 5 p.m. "We started out slowly but we played much better in the second half," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover. "We played with Brainerd on even terms in the second half, especially defensively.
The Bemidji football team rolled to its third victory in as many starts Friday as the Lumberjacks ran over St. Cloud Apollo 28-7 in St. Cloud. BHS, which is 3-0 for the first time since 2001, will shoot for its fourth victory next Friday when it hosts Brainerd in the annual Homecoming contest. Turnovers stymied Bemidji during Friday's first half but the Lumberjacks played near-perfect football in the final 24 minutes and were never threatened. "It was a similar game to last week," said BHS coach Troy Hendricks.
Following an 0-2 start Bemidji boys soccer coach Rick Toward challenged his players to become leaders on and off the field. And the players responded. "We played very solid soccer," Toward said after the Lumberjacks blanked Crookston 5-0 Thursday in Bemidji. "We found the open space and controlled play." Thursday's victory extended Bemidji's unbeaten streak to seven games and upped the record to 6-2-1.