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Jessica and Cortne Solberg enjoy being sisters and that relationship has translated into success on the tennis court. "Cortne and I do summer tournaments as a doubles team and 99 percent of the time we win," said Jessica. "We expect to play well." During the Section 8AA individual tournament at Sartell the sisters have done just that and today they will represent Bemidji in the section semifinals. As the top seed in the North bracket the Solbergs had a bye in the first round of the section meet.
The Bemidji tennis team fell one victory short of the state tournament as the Lumberjacks dropped a 5-2 decision to Brainerd Tuesday in the 8AA championship match in Sartell. "When we started the season in August our goal was to advance to the section final and we did that," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "We put ourselves into a position to be in the championship match and we feel good about that." Tuesday was a very long day for the Jacks. It started at 9:30 a.m. with the team semifinals and a 4-3 win over St. Cloud Apollo.
Bemidji girls soccer coach Kelly Schoonover knew her team had not reached its potential during a 7-10 regular season and she was hoping the Lumberjacks would hit full stride in the playoffs. Tuesday at home against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy BHS did just that. "During the season it seemed as if we shortchanged ourselves," Schoonover said. "But tonight we left everything on the field." That 'everything' included a stunned Comet team which was left in the ashes following an 8-2 BHS victory. Tuesday's win vaulted the Lumberjacks into Thursday's quarterfinals, most likely at Detroit Lakes.
The Bemidji boys cross country team placed third of 11 teams Tuesday at St. Cloud Tech while the girls were fourth. Moorhead took the boys crown with 34 points and Willmar was second with 76. BHS claimed third with 78 and completing the top five were Cathedral with 86 and Little Falls with 164. Glen Ellingson of Moorhead was the individual winner in a time of 16:16. Andy Berube paced the Jacks in seventh place (16:43).
The Bemidji boys soccer team ended its regular season Saturday with a 2-1 loss at Moorhead but the Lumberjacks will have the opportunity to regain their winning ways Tuesday when they host a first-round section playoff game. Max Hazelton scored 45 seconds into Saturday's contest and Bemidji maintained the 1-0 lead at intermission. Moorhead, however, controlled play in the second half and goals eight minutes into the stanza and 36 minutes into the period enabled the Spuds to earn the victory. Isak Sommer drew the assist on Hazelton's goal when he headed a pass to Hazelton who was streaking t
Bemidji coach Troy Hendricks wasn't surprised that Friday's football game against Sauk Rapids-Rice went down to the final play. In fact, he was almost expecting it. "This game could have gone either way, just like our last two games," Hendricks said after the Lumberjacks edged the Storm 20-16 on a beautiful fall evening at Chet Anderson Stadium. "All week long we tried to tell our kids not to take Sauk Rapids lightly.
The postseason has begun for the Bemidji fall sports teams as the Lumberjacks tennis squad will be in Sartell today for the first two rounds of the 8AA team tournament and the opening round of the individual meet. Based on the team seedings, Bemidji is favored to win the North half of the section and be one of two teams advancing to meet the South representatives. As a reward for being seeding No. 1 the Lumberjacks also have a bye in today's first round. BHS will begin play in the quarterfinals against the winner of today's earlier match between No. 4 seed Fergus Falls and No.
Tonight's game against Sauk Rapids-Rice marks the end of the home regular season schedule for the Bemidji football team but the Lumberjacks believe that fans will have at least one more opportunity to watch a game at Chet Anderson Stadium. "The top seed of 7-4A is ours for the taking and if we can win that we would have a bye in the first round and two playoff home games," said BHS coach Troy Hendricks.
The Minnesota waterfowl hunting season opened last weekend and it came and went without much fanfare or shooting, according to Bemidji area conservation officer Stacey Sharp. "I didn't see many hunters and the ones I saw didn't have many ducks," Sharp said. "It was a pretty slow opener." During Saturday and Sunday Sharp visited three area lakes and patrolled stretches of the Mississippi River.
The Bemidji girls tennis team tuned for Saturday's section playdowns in Sartell by dumping Thief River Falls 6-1 Thursday in Bemidji. "The regular season is over," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "We'll have a light practice on Friday and get on the bus early Saturday morning." The day will start with the first two rounds of the North team tournament.