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For the second time in two nights the BHS boys hockey team was victorious on the road. Thursday the Jacks won 4-1 at East Grand Forks and Friday they downed Monticello 6-3. Tyler Follis and Matt Serratore each had a pair of goals Friday. Jordan Heller and Steve Heller also scored. Bemidji took a 3-0 lead after the opening stanza and was ahead 4-2 after the second period. Third-period goals by Steve Heller and Follis iced the victory. Jeremiah Graves had nine saves in the BHS net while the Jacks sent 41 shots at the Monticello netminder. Bemidji's B-team also is 2-0.
The inability to maintain possession proved fatal to the girls basketball team as Bemidji committed 42 turnovers during Thursday's 42-38 home loss to Sauk Rapids in the season opener. "Most of the turnovers were what I call 'scared' turnovers," said BHS coach Rick Kehoe. "Too many of our kids were playing scared and we need to get after it and see if we can fix those problems." The Lumberjacks led 20-14 at intermission but Sauk Rapids (1-1) opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take a lead it would never relinquish. "We played well for stretches but we weren't consistent," Kehoe said.
A pair of Bemidji winter sports teams begin their seasons today when the wrestlers host Deer River at 7:30 p.m. and the boys basketball squad heads to East Grand Forks for a 7:30 p.m. start. Joining the wrestlers in the home spotlight today will be the BHS girls hockey team which entertains North St. Paul at Nymore. The boys basketball squad will also be in action as it heads to Monticello for a 7 p.m.
Tuesday's mix of snow, cold and wind forced the postponement of the girls basketball and boys hockey openers but one of those games will be made up today when the hockey team heads to East Grand Forks for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The girls basketball team will begin its campaign 7:30 p.m. today when it hosts Sauk Rapids and Tuesday's postponement has been rescheduled for Jan. 18. "It would have been nice to get the season started Tuesday but the weather dictated otherwise," girls basketball coach Rick Kehoe said.
Those of us who were raised in northern Minnesota have learned how to deal with winter. Some, including snowmobilers, skiers and ice anglers, have even decided to embrace the season. Bemidji State University forward James Ellisor is not from here but the Glendale, Ariz. transplant is doing what he can to make the best of what winter throws his way. "I've never seen snow before," Ellisor said. "This is my first time. And it is really cold.
Bemidji High School head football coach Troy Hendricks has been named the Section 7-4A Coach of the Year after guiding the Lumberjacks to the section crown. This is the second consecutive year that Bemidji has won the section title and that Hendricks has earned the award. "We have been able to win the section because of the kids," Hendricks said. "We are fortunate to have been able to work with a great group of kids and because of them we have been able to win two section titles. "I also am fortunate to be surrounded with a talented," Hendricks continued.
The winter sports seasons at Bemidji High School kick into full gear this week as the girls basketball, boys basketball, boys hockey and wrestling squads will begin their campaigns. The lone teams that will wait another week or two are the gymnastics, swimming and skiing teams. The gymnasts will open their season Dec. 10 at Park Rapids while the swimmers, who began their practice schedule Monday, will be at St. Cloud Apollo on Dec. 11 and the Lumberjacks skiers will start Dec.
The Bemidji High School girls hockey team stuck with North Wright County for two periods, but NWC took complete control in the final 10 minutes of the game and downed the Lumberjacks 7-1 Saturday in Buffalo. Saturday's loss dropped BHS to 0-4, and the Jacks will hope to snap the losing streak Tuesday when they visit Warroad. "Penalties and breakdowns cost us in the final 10 minutes," said Bemidji coach Matt Menne.
Buffalo broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the final five seconds of the second period and erupted for three in the final stanza to down the Bemidji High School girls hockey team 4-2 Friday in Buffalo. BHS scored both of its goals in the third period as Allie Lapp connected unassisted 55 seconds into the stanza and she scored again at 13:44. Karleigh Wolkerstorfer and Casey Miller drew assists on the second tally. "The kids played well and they battled the entire game," said BHS coach Mat Menne.
The final firearms deer harvest in permit area 184 dropped 55 percent from a year ago while the buck harvest increased 8 percent, according to figures compiled by the DNR officials. Although it was a significant decline Bemidji Area DNR Wildlife Supervisor Shelley Gorham wasn't surprised to see those numbers, especially considering that permit area 184, which has Bemidji at its center, switched from a managed area last year to lottery this fall. "Some people might drop their jaw when they see a 55 percent decline in the overall harvest but the buck harvest numbers indicate that the deer popu