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The Aaron Wald and Trevor Andrews rinks are tied for first place in the Minnesota Junior Curling Championship round-robin after Saturday's play at the Bemidji Curling Club. The two teams are 5-1 heading into today's final two draws. In Saturday night's late session, Andrews scored two in the 10th end to defeat Tony Wright 9-7, and Tyler Runing handed Wald its first loss, scoring three in the 10th for a 9-6 victory. Trailing Wald and Andrews are Runing at 4-2, William Howieson and Wright at 3-3, Eric Johannsen at 3-4, Taylor Ausen and Tanner Blaqoue at 2-4 and Noah Fiskness at 1-6. In Frida
The Bemidji Pee Wee hockey team claimed first place in the North Division pool and defeated Armstrong-Cooper 3-1 in Saturday's championship bracket semifinal to reach the title game of the Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament championship. Bemidji will meet St. Cloud at 2:30 p.m. today at The Sanford Center. St. Cloud advanced with a 4-3 victory over Andover. Armstrong-Cooper and Andover will battle for the championship consolation crown 2:30 p.m. today at the Community Arena. Today's action begins at 9 a.m.
The Trevor Andrews rink of Bemidji leads the field at the Minnesota Regional Junior Curling Tournament as the rink owned a 4-0 record prior to Friday's late round. Because of Friday's early Pioneer deadlines caused by the winter storm, results of the late draw were unavailable at press time. Thursday night Andrews thumped Noah Fiskness 11-2.
The 2010 portion of the Bemidji boys hockey schedule ended on a positive note Thursday as the Lumberjacks blanked New Prague 4-0 in the consolation championship game of the Duluth Holiday tournament. Jordan Heller scored in the opening period and the Lumberjacks settled the issue with thirid-period goals by John Forseth, Tyler Follis and Max Hazelton. BHS compiled a 2-1 record in the tournament.
A pair of men's junior curling teams with Bemidji ties won their first games at the Minnesota State Junior Curling Championships Thursday at the Bemidji Curling Club. Thursday's action continued with the 7 p.m. draw but, because of the storm, the Pioneer's deadline was moved ahead for the safety of the route drivers.
Everything is in place for another successful Paul Bunyan International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament which will be held this weekend at four different Bemidji venues. The Sanford Center will be today's showcase location as the facility will be home to the 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony and the first-round match-up between Bemidji and Fort Frances. Hockey action is also scheduled for the Community Arena, the Nymore Arena and the City Arena.
State tournament appearances by the girls basketball and football teams plus many individual Lumberjacks highlighted a very successful 2010 for the Bemidji High School sports programs. And 2011 could be equally exciting as the boys hockey and basketball teams entered their holiday tournaments unbeaten and many of the spring and fall sports teams appear ready to challenge for state berths. Last spring the girls basketball team thumped Hibbing 76-54 in the section championship game and lived up to its pre-season goal: taking the next step. The trip to the state meet was the program's first si
Offensive balance and defensive execution lifted the boys basketball team to a 92-54 victory over St. Paul Highland Park Wednesday in the championship game of the Chisago Lakes Invitational. The win kept BHS unbeaten at 7-0. In Tuesday's semifinal the Lumberjacks disposed of Chisago Lakes 67-53. "We played very well this week," said Bemidji coach Jeff Brown.
The Bemidji wrestling team heads to the Fargodome today and Thursday for the Rumble on the Red tournament. The event features varsity and junior varsity competition and BHS coach Rance Bahr has decided to enter the bulk of his squad in the JV event. Jake Crosby at 125 and heavyweight Alex Johnson will compete in the varsity tournament but the remainder of the Jacks will wrestle in the junior varsity division. "The JV brackets are typically 60 to 70 wrestlers and they will give our kids quality matches," Bahr said.
Tuesday's above-freezing temperatures tested the waxing skills of the Bemidji Nordic skiers but both the boys and girls teams handled the changing conditions well as they finished second at the 5-kilometer Deer River Invitational at Blueberry Hills Ski Area. "Waxing was tricky but the course held up well," said Lumberjacks coach Mark Walters. Grand Rapids captured the girls title with 380 points but BHS was a close second with 365. Trailing the leaders were Brainerd with 360 and Detroit Lakes with 357. Individually Bailey Drewes was Bemidji's top finisher as she placed second in 20:54.