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Andy Berube finished ninth overall to lead the Bemidji boys cross-country team to fourth place at Monday's 11-team Moorhead Invitational. The Lumberjacks tallied 91 points and trailed perennial state meet challengers Moorhead (47) and Perham (53). BHS was only two points behind Willmar which was third with 89. Berube finished the race in 17:39.5. John Buckanaga was ninth overall in 17:49.9, Jake Urban 18th in 18:19.3, Alex Schoneberger 21st in 18:24.5 and Dan Clemenson 31st in 18:56.9.
Jessica Solberg and Amy Frosaker captured individual singles titles and Olivia Dickinson teamed with Annika Johnson to claim the fourth doubles crown at Monday's Brainerd Invitational. The meet, which featured a round-robin format, attracted Bemidji, Virginia, Brainerd, Blaine and Delano. Solberg won all four of her second singles matches in straight sets.
At Monday's practice Kayla Hirt was watching her teammates from a riser between the varsity and junior varsity nets. Next to her was Jess Yost, her right foot tightly wrapped and taped. Heading into the season Hirt and Yost were projected to be the offensive leaders of the Bemidji volleyball team. One match into the fall, however, things have changed, at least temporarily. Hirt is sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament, an injury she sustained late in the summer while playing AAU basketball.
Bemidji boys soccer coach Rick Toward knows that it will take time for his team to play at peak efficiency. "We have a brand new group of guys and right now we're trying to find ourselves." Saturday the Lumberjacks hosted Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in their second home game in as many days and the Jacks fell to 0-2 after a 2-1 setback. Friday BHS lost 2-0 to Little Falls. "Friday we played as a team for 15 minutes and on Saturday we played that way for 25 minutes.
The Bemidji volleyball team overcame the loss of power hitter Jess Yost Friday to outlast Perham 3-2 in the season opener at Perham. Only three points into the match Yost sustained a high ankle sprain and she spent the rest of the night on the sidelines. Her teammates, however, were able to hang on for a 25-15, 30-28, 16-25, 17-25, 16-14 marathon victory. "It was an amazing match," said BHS coach Teresa Colligan.
Andrea Hanson scored three goals and Erin Booth had a goal and three assists to power the Bemidji girls soccer team to a 6-1 home victory over Little Falls Friday in the season opener. BHS resumes its schedule 1 p.m. today at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Tuesday it will visit Moorhead. "Offensively we dominated and we were able to manufacture many good shots," said Jacks coach Kelly Schoonover.
The Bemidji junior varsity tennis team hosted five squads Thursday in a doubles invitational and Bemidji's second doubles tandem of Cassie Bucher and Lauren Lund went 5-0 in the round-robin event. Joining the Lumberjacks were Brainerd, Moorhead, Roseau, Greenway-Coleraine and Grand Rapids. At first doubles Olivia Dickinson and Annika Johnson finished 3-2.
The Bemidji High School soccer teams will enjoy the home spotlight today when they host Little Falls in a varsity doubleheader. The girls will open the day with a 4 p.m.
The competitive fall sports seasons at Bemidji High School officially began Monday when the girls tennis team captured second place at the eight-team Pine City tournament. BHS scored 24 team points and trailed only Blake which had 31. Mounds Park Academy placed third with 22 and Staples-Motley tied with Rochester Lourdes for fourth with 18. Trailing the pack were Litchfield with 17, Holy Family Catholic with 12 and Pine City with five. The tennis team will be in action again Saturday at the Crookston Invitational.
Despite having only one week of practice the Bemidji girls tennis team impressed its coach Monday at the Pine City Invitational. "It was a long day but the girls played very well," said Lumberjacks coach Mark Fodness. "The format was a best-of-three with no adds and a tie-breaker for the third set.