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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
Pat Cassidy had been in this situation before. At least that's what he told himself. With 08.8 seconds to play Tuesday the Bemidji State men's basketball team and Stout were knotted at 87-87 in BSU's home opener. Cassidy found a small opening in the lane and Bryce Tesdahl zipped a rocket pass to his teammate. While Cassidy was taking the shot he was mugged by the Stout defense and the senior was awarded two free throws. With the game on the line Cassidy stepped to the charity stripe. "I told myself that I've been here a million times and I've made this shot a million times.
Roseau scored late in the first period and early in the second and those goals helped the Rams post a 7-0 victory over the Bemidji girls hockey team Tuesday in Roseau. "We had stretches where we spent a long time in the defensive zone and couldn't clear the puck," said BHS coach Matt Menne. "On both of those goals Roseau took advantage of our long shifts. And those two goals killed us." The Lumberjacks managed 19 shots on Roseau goaltender Dallas Barry but they couldn't slip a puck past her.
Following Friday's state Class A swimming meet preliminaries which saw Bemidji's Steph Frey post a 1:08.05 in the 100 breast stroke, the Bemidji sophomore set one personal goal for Saturday's championship heat. "I really want to go 1:07 and challenge for second place," Frey said Friday. And that is exactly what happened Saturday as she dropped one-half second off Friday's performance, finished in 1:07.48 and captured third place in the state meet. As a bonus, Frey also set a school record as she eclipsed the time of Irene Lundbecker who went 1:08.01 in 1994. Earlier Saturday Frey earned Al