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Jessica Solberg and Amy Frosaker captured individual singles titles and Olivia Dickinson teamed with Annika Johnson to claim the fourth doubles crown at Monday's Brainerd Invitational. The meet, which featured a round-robin format, attracted Bemidji, Virginia, Brainerd, Blaine and Delano. Solberg won all four of her second singles matches in straight sets.
Bemidji boys soccer coach Rick Toward knows that it will take time for his team to play at peak efficiency. "We have a brand new group of guys and right now we're trying to find ourselves." Saturday the Lumberjacks hosted Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in their second home game in as many days and the Jacks fell to 0-2 after a 2-1 setback. Friday BHS lost 2-0 to Little Falls. "Friday we played as a team for 15 minutes and on Saturday we played that way for 25 minutes.
The Bemidji junior varsity tennis team hosted five squads Thursday in a doubles invitational and Bemidji's second doubles tandem of Cassie Bucher and Lauren Lund went 5-0 in the round-robin event. Joining the Lumberjacks were Brainerd, Moorhead, Roseau, Greenway-Coleraine and Grand Rapids. At first doubles Olivia Dickinson and Annika Johnson finished 3-2.
Andrea Hanson scored three goals and Erin Booth had a goal and three assists to power the Bemidji girls soccer team to a 6-1 home victory over Little Falls Friday in the season opener. BHS resumes its schedule 1 p.m. today at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Tuesday it will visit Moorhead. "Offensively we dominated and we were able to manufacture many good shots," said Jacks coach Kelly Schoonover.
The Bemidji volleyball team overcame the loss of power hitter Jess Yost Friday to outlast Perham 3-2 in the season opener at Perham. Only three points into the match Yost sustained a high ankle sprain and she spent the rest of the night on the sidelines. Her teammates, however, were able to hang on for a 25-15, 30-28, 16-25, 17-25, 16-14 marathon victory. "It was an amazing match," said BHS coach Teresa Colligan.
The Bemidji High School soccer teams will enjoy the home spotlight today when they host Little Falls in a varsity doubleheader. The girls will open the day with a 4 p.m.
The competitive fall sports seasons at Bemidji High School officially began Monday when the girls tennis team captured second place at the eight-team Pine City tournament. BHS scored 24 team points and trailed only Blake which had 31. Mounds Park Academy placed third with 22 and Staples-Motley tied with Rochester Lourdes for fourth with 18. Trailing the pack were Litchfield with 17, Holy Family Catholic with 12 and Pine City with five. The tennis team will be in action again Saturday at the Crookston Invitational.
Despite having only one week of practice the Bemidji girls tennis team impressed its coach Monday at the Pine City Invitational. "It was a long day but the girls played very well," said Lumberjacks coach Mark Fodness. "The format was a best-of-three with no adds and a tie-breaker for the third set.
Ralph Lovering remembers scoring his only goal as a member of the Bemidji Lumberjacks boys hockey team. "We were in Hallock when I did it. We weren't supposed to win that game but we did by a goal." Lovering was reminiscing with Jim Smalley about that 1964-65 season Saturday morning at the BHS gymnasium lobby.
Kayla Hirt is an optimist but she also is a realist. And, after injuring her left knee two weeks ago at an AAU national basketball tournament in Georgia, Hirt was hit with a heavy dose of reality. "I had the ball at the top of the key and drove down the lane," Hirt, who is entering her senior season at Bemidji High School, said. "A defender cut me off and I changed direction.