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Blaze orange will be the dominant color in the area forests and fields Saturday as Minnesota sportsmen return to their stands for the 2010 firearms deer opener. The weather forecast calls for near perfect conditions for the hunters as temperatures are expected to reach the 50s during the day and hover near freezing at sunrise.
Jessica and Cortne Solberg have been named the co-Most Valuable Players for Bemidji's girls tennis team while Katie Ditmanson and Emma Nielsen earned the Coach's Award. Girls soccer coach Kelly Schoonover also has announced her team awards and Erin Booth was named the Most Valuable Player. "Cortne provided outstanding leadership as captain and took on the role of No. 1 singles," said BHS tennis coach Mark Fodness. "She was the best player on the team and really showed what dedication and hard work can accomplish. "Jessica led the team in wins and is also very dedicated," Fodness continued.
Extended road trips are nothing new to the Bemidji volleyball team. and tonight the Lumberjacks will endure another when they head to St. Michael. There will, however, be extra zip in their steps tonight because BHS and St. Michael-Albertville are playing in the Section 8-3A semifinals. Because it is election day, no high school event can start prior to the close of the polls so today's match will begin at 8:01 p.m. "It's always exciting to be playing in a section semifinal," said Bemidji coach Teresa Colligan.
Despite upsetting Kelliher-Northome last week in the Section 8A volleyball tournament's second round Cass Lake-Bena was supposed to go away quietly Monday night when the fifth-rated Panthers met top-seeded Fosston. CL-B, however, came out with enthusiasm and determination and dominated the first game on way to a 25-14 victory. Fosston eventually lived up to its top billing and went on to advance to Thursday's semifinals at UM-Crookston with a 14-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-11 victory. The Greyhounds will face No. 2 seed Lake of the Woods in the semifinals.
Saturday's performance wasn't perfect, but Bemidji High School football coach Troy Hendricks would take such an effort, and the result, every time. The Lumberjacks advanced to next Friday's 7 p.m.
If you run into Bemidji State University football defensive coordinator Rich Jahner, don't be surprised if he is grinning from ear to ear. His nature is to always be in a good mood and his approach to the world around him always takes a positive spin. Well, almost always. Jahner admits that on game-day mornings his demeanor changes. His way of psyching for the upcoming gridiron challenges is to adopt a less cordial persona, at least internally. When the Beavers faced Northern State Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium, Jahner didn't have to wait very long to return to his old self, however.
The Bemidji volleyball team extended its season Friday by stopping Alexandria 19-25, 26-24, 25-19, 17-25, 15-9 in the 8-3A quarterfinals in Alexandria. Friday's win vaults the Lumberjacks into Tuesday's section semifinals and an 8:01 p.m. match at St. Michael-Albertville, the top seed of the South. BHS entered the postseason as the third seed from the North. "We played consistent all night," said Bemidji coach Teresa Colligan. "It was a matter of two evenly matched teams going head to head and it turned out to be a very good fight." Jess Yost had 14 kills, 24 digs and five blocks.
For the first time in over a decade the Bemidji girls cross country team will be represented at the state meet. Friday in Fergus Falls eighth grader Jenna Truedson finished fifth individually at the Sectioin 8AA meet and earned a trip to the state competition which will be next Saturday at St.
The benefit of a successful season will be on display 6 p.m. today when the Bemidji football team entertains Hermantown in semifinal play of the 7-4A playoffs. BHS earned the top seed and its reward - the home field today and again on Friday if the Lumberjacks can defeat the Hawks.
State tournament berths are on the line today when the Bemidji cross country teams join their?Section 8AA peers at the section meet in Fergus Falls. Today's action begins at 3:30 p.m. and was originally scheduled for Thursday.