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Detroit Lakes outscored the Bemidji girls basketball team 12-2 during the final four minutes to hand the Lumberjacks a 49-46 defeat Thursday in Detroit Lakes. BHS took a 35-33 lead eight minutes into the second half when Caitlin Hadrava connected on a field goal and the Jacks eventually pushed the margin to 41-33 when Hadrava drained a 3-pointer. Bemidji, however, would score only five more points while the Lakers took full advantage of their opportunities down the stretch to score 16. "How many games have we had a late lead and then have things crumble," said Bemidji coach Rick Kehoe.
The Bemidji boys basketball team will put their unbeaten status on the line today when they entertain Brainerd at 7:30 p.m. BHS (8-0) will also be home Saturday when Moorhead comes to town for a 7:15 p.m. contest. In its most recent outing Bemidji blistered Crookston 86-48 Tuesday night. The Pirates held a huge size advantage over the Jacks but couldn't match Bemidji's speed and quickness.
The boys swimming and diving team will own the home spotlight today as Bemidji entertains Grand Rapids starting at 5 p.m. BHS has won its two dual meets this winter, blitzing Thief River Falls 126-54 at Bemidji and edging Park Rapids 95-91 on the road. Both of those meets were held in mid-December. During the holiday break the Lumberjacks participated in the Brainerd Invitational and placed fourth of six teams. In that meet Dylan Hoven won the 50 free and 100 free and also swam a leg in the wining 200 free relay.
Steve Heller scored 7:20 into overtime to lift the Bemidji boys hockey team to a 3-2 victory over St. Cloud Tech Tuesday at Nymore Arena. Last February the Tigers and Lumberjacks staged a classic 6-overtime marathon in the 8AA quarterfinals and Tech eventually outlasted BHS 3-2.
Jeff Brown wasn't sure what to expect when his Bemidji boys basketball team hosted Crookston Tuesday night. The Lumberjacks would have an edge in speed and quickness but Crookston's starting cast included 6-9 senior William Pankow, 6-5 senior Tim Desrosier and 6-3 senior Chris Larson. "I was worried about their size," Brown admitted. "We tried to counter that by using a variety of presses and zone defenses." The different defenses worked to perfection as the Lumberjacks roared to a 41-24 halftime edge and coasted to an 86-48 victory.
The Bemidji boys Nordic ski team captured the title at Tuesday's Detroit Lakes Invitational at Maplelag Ski Area. Although official team points were not available to the coaches, BHS and Brainerd initially tied for first place, according to Lumberjack coach Mark Walters. Bemidji, however, awarded the team victory after comparing the results of each team's fifth finisher. "What a difference a few days, cooler temperatures and better snow can make," Walters said, referring to the rain and soggy snow that the skiers battled at Brainerd on Dec.
The Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball team and the Bagley-Fosston hockey team were the lone area squads to see action last week. The Panthers went 2-1 at the Crosby-Ironton basketball tournament. CL-B claimed its opener 67-60 over Moose Lake but dropped a 67-51 decision to C-I.
Josh Bahr will represent Bemidji at the men's U.S. Junior National Curling Championships Jan. 29-Feb. 5 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Serving as vice-skip, Bahr helped the Aaron Wald rink capture the championship of the Minnesota junior curling regional this weekend at the Bemidji Curling Club. Wald finished the nine-team round-robin with a 7-1 record and won the state title without a playoff. Finishing the round-robin with 6-2 records were the Trevor Andrews rink of Bemidji and the Tyler Runing rink of Mankato.
The holiday break is over and the Bemidji High School winter sports teams all are busy this week, especially the boys basketball team which will be home today, Friday and Saturday. The boys hockey team will also be home tonight while the other home event this week will come Thursday as the boys swimmers and divers entertain Grand Rapids. Boys BB team entertains Pirates Bemidji's boys cagers begin a three-game homestand 7:30 p.m.
St. Cloud scored the tying goal with 3:05 remaining in regulation and tallied the game-winner 1:57 into overtime to defeat Bemidji 3-2 and capture the championship of the Paul Bunyan International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Sunday at The Sanford Center. Goals by Alex Pollock and Jack Johnson gave the host team a 2-1 lead after the first period and Bemidji maintained that advantage until St.