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To be a competitive high school swimmer an athlete must expect extended workouts that tax the mind and the body. At Bemidji High School the girls swimmers began their practices in August and have targeted each session toward this weekend's Section 8A meet at BHS. Coach Scott Leindecker has not been bashful when it comes to challenging his swimmers during practices and a few weeks ago, by design, everyone was feeling the effects of the exhausting workouts. For the past 10 days, however, the practice regimen has been different. No longer are the swimmers doing lap after lap after lap.
Area deer hunters reported mixed success during the first few days of the firearms deer season and, overall, the harvest appears to be down about 12 percent. Among the permit areas reporting the largest declines was 184, which includes Bemidji and the surrounding area. In 184, the three-day deer harvest dropped about 37 percent from 2009, according to the registration figures. "I didn't expect to see this much of a decline in 184," said DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Shelley Gorham whose territory includes 184. "Much of 184 is public land and that land usually gets hunted hard.
The Bemidji swimming and diving team will host the Section 8A meet beginning with the diving preliminaries at noon on Friday. The event will conclude with the crowning of the section team and individual qualifiers for the state meet Saturday afternoon. Joining the Lumberjacks will be Fosston-Bagley, defending champion Park Rapids, Crookston, Perham-New York Mills, Warroad-Roseau-BGMR, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls. The rosters have been submitted to section officials and Bemidji's Steph Frey is seeded first in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke. BHS is seeded second in t
Rogers was ranked third in the final Associated Press prep football Class 4A poll and is accustomed to beating teams on the field as well as on the scoreboard. Bemidji, which was seventh in the final poll, also enjoys physical football and Friday the Lumberjacks will have the opportunity to match blows with the Royals in the quarterfinals of the state Class 4A tournament. The game is set for 7 p.m.
The football team has already qualified for the state playoffs while the swimmers hope to accomplish the same feat Friday and Saturday when they host the Section 8A meet at the high school pool. The transition from fall to winter has also begun at BHS as the girls hockey team began its second week of practice Monday. The team will be the first winter Lumberjacks squad to begin competition as well as they will entertain Thief River Falls 7 p.m. Nov.
When Jenna Truedson joined her Bemidji cross country teammates for the initial practice session in August she was focusing her workouts toward the state meet. The Lumberjacks eighth grader thought she had the ability to qualify for state and all of her workouts were endured with the state meet as the ultimate reward. Last weekend those miles and miles of running paid off as she qualified for the state competition by finishing fifth in the Section 8AA meet in Fergus Falls. Once that goal was achieved, however, Truedson and her coach Ryan Aylesworth issued a new challenge: placing in the top
While the Bemidji football players celebrated Friday's Section 7-4A championship victory over Grand Rapids Lumberjacks head coach Troy Hendricks stood in the background soaking in the view. "I feel like a proud parent," Hendricks said following the 33-18 victory."We are a family and this family has been through quite a bit this year. We have seniors on the team who never had a chance to play. We always had players missing because of injury. It has been a difficult year in many ways. "But throughout everything this team has pulled together.
The Bemidji football players have earned the home field for the Section 7-4A playoff championship game and hope to take full advantage of the rare opportunity when they host Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. today. "I can't remember the last time Bemidji athletes played in a section final at home," said BHS coach Troy Hendricks. "This opportunity is a reward for the work the kids did during the regular season." The Lumberjacks will take an 8-1 record into tonight's contest while the second-seeded Thunderhawks are 7-2.
It's been more than 10 years since Bemidji has had a representative in the girls state cross country meet but that streak will be broken Saturday when Jenna Truedson joins the Class AA field for the 2 p.m. race at St. Olaf. The Lumberjacks eighth grader earned her spot by finishing fifth at last weekend's Section 8AA meet in Fergus Falls. "I'm excited and a little nervous about going to state for the first time," Truedson said. "It would have been nice to have my sister (Kim Truedson) and Bailey Drewes race with me but that didn't happen. When the season started my goal was to get to state.
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.