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A second half surge delivered by the defense enabled the Bemidji girls basketball team to stage a comeback but the Lumberjacks couldn't maintain the pace in the final few minutes and dropped a 50-46 home decision Thursday to Brainerd. BHS did little right in the opening half and trailed 27-13 at the break.
High school hockey fans are in for a treat this weekend as the Bemidji boys squad will be hosting Brainerd 5:30 p.m. today and Hermantown 4 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be played at Nymore Arena. The Lumberjacks, 14-1-1, finally cracked the top-15 in the Let's Play Hockey Class AA poll as they moved up a few positions to that No. 15 spot in Thursday's poll. Brainerd isn't ranked but the Warriors own a 12-4 overall record. BHS is 4-0-1 against Section 8AA foes while Brainerd is 2-2. Moorhead is 3-1-1 in the section while St.
The Bemidji High School girls hockey team will test itself against an elite opponent today when it hosts Warroad at 7 p.m. at the Community Arena. According to the Let's Play Hockey experts who vote on the state polls, Warroad is the best team in Class A girls hockey and one of the three best teams in either class. BHS will take a 6-10-2 record into tonight's action while Warroad is a gaudy 16-3-0.
The Bemidji boys basketball team made another statement Tuesday as the Lumberjacks headed to Little Falls and handed the defending section champion a 73-58 defeat. Tuesday's triumph was Bemidji's 11th in 12 starts while the Flyers fell to 8-5. "If you can come here and get a win like we did you have had a good night," said Lumberjacks coach Jeff Brown. "Little Falls is a tough place to play and they are a good basketball team. This was a very good win for us." BHS took charge early with an 11-0 run to begin the game and owned a 38-23 lead at the break.
The Bemidji boys swimming team had no trouble with Thief River Falls Tuesday as the Lumberjacks breezed to a 105-64 dual-meet victory at Thief River Falls. BHS won nine of the 11 events and setting the tone was the 200 medley relay squad of Tyler Hemp, Matt Arndt, Dylan Hoven and Seth Olson which won the event in 2:00.09. The Prowlers took the 200 free but the Jacks captured the next six events to end any suspense. "There was no diving because the pool is too shallow and the meet took only about an hour," said Bemidji coach Woody Leindecker.
Crookston converted 26 of its 28 free throw attempts and that efficiency from the line enabled the Pirates to post a 66-58 victory over the Bemidji girls basketball team Tuesday in Bemidji. Bemidji managed only a brief lead as Caitlin Hadrava's rebound bucket with 5:34 to play in the opening half gave the Jacks a 16-15 advantage. Crookston answered with a three-point play, however, and Bemidji never caught up again. At intermission the visitors forged a 30-26 cushion and they widened the gap to 45-35 early in the second stanza.
Bemidji scored twice in the opening period but Cloquet -Esko-Carlton struck for three goals in the middle stanza and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Lumberjacks girls hockey team Tuesday in Cloquet. "We played well in the first period but we played horribly in the second," said BHS coach Matt Menne.
The reconstruction of the University of Minnesota football program is underway and Bemidji High School senior Ernie Heifort Jr. will be part of that process. After spending the weekend at the U of M and meeting Gophers head coach Jerry Kill and his assistants, Heifort verbally committed to the Gophers.
The Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus wrestling team is enjoying a resurgence under coach Jay Reiplinger. Saturday the Bears scored 90 points and saw Devon Staples capture second place in the 130-pound division of the Rick Lee Invitational hosted by Bemidji. On Friday BCLBI went 2-1 at a meet in Mahnomen, losing 64-18 to Crookston before blitzing RLCC 66-14 and edging UNC 41-36. Those results gave the Beavers a 5-7 dual-meet record. At the Rick Lee meet Staples upped his individual record to 14-7 by going 2-1.
The winter sports seasons begin in November and continue into March and five months of seemingly never-ending practices and competitions can take their physical and emotional toll. "We've been working hard since November and we need a week or two of rest in order to give our bodies a chance to heal," said BHS wrestling coach Rance Bahr. "This is the time to do that. We don't have a meet until Saturday (the Thief River Falls Invitational) and we're going to take mostly junior varsity kids to that. For the varsity, we're going to take it easy this week and take the weekend off.