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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.
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 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.
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.
Bemidji used its depth and first-place efforts by Jana Hedstrom in diving, Steph Frey in the 100 free and the 400 yard free relay to down Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central in a double dual Tuesday at the BHS pool. Bemidji dominated Central 111-70 and dumped Red River 105-80. The 400 free relay unit of Laura Yourd, Maris Jahner, Erin Arndt and Steph Frey cruised to victory as they posted a time of 3:56.32. Frey also won the 100 free in 55.22 while Hedstrom led a 1-2-3-4 finish in diving with 188.05 points. Hailey Erickson was second in diving at 148.55 while Jade Hovet tallied 1
Erin Booth's goal off Kiah Hartung's feed seven minutes into the second half was all the Bemidji girls soccer team needed as the Lumberjacks blanked Crookston 1-0 Monday in Bemidji. The defense kept the Pirates at bay the entire game and goalie Casey Palmer needed only three saves to toss the shutout. "The girls played very well, especially in the first half," said Jacks coach Kelly Schoonover. "We had many quality shots but just couldn't finish.
This week marks the end of the regular season for the Bemidji soccer teams and the tennis squad. The girls soccer team concluded its home campaign Monday against Crookston and will end the regular season Thursday at Detroit Lakes. The boys soccer team finishes the fall on the road. Monday it visited East Grand Forks and Saturday it will play at Moorhead. Bemidji's tennis faces Crookston at the Grand Forks Tennis Center 1 p.m. today and then heads to East Grand Forks for a 4 p.m. match against the Green Wave.
Mitch Brown caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Hendricks with 11 minutes to play and Carey Woods ran for the 2-point conversion to help the Bemidji High School football team defeat Alexandria 14-7 Saturday in Alexandria. Saturday's victory upped the Lumberjacks' record to 4-1 while Alexandria suffered its first loss in five outings. Special teams and defense once again played pivotal roles in Saturday's victory as punter Jon Henry set the table for the winning score when his kick was downed at the Alexandria 3-yard-line late in the third quarter. Bemidji's defense forced a three-
The Bemidji High School volleyball team posted a 2-3 record at Saturday's Willmar Invitational, going 1-2 in pool play and 1-1 in the consolation championship bracket. In their opener the Lumberjacks lost 25-15, 25-13 to Central Minnesota Christian. Jess Yost had five kills in the match. Bemidji also dropped a 25-20, 25-17 decision to Willmar. Meghan Wannebo finished with 11 digs while Yost had a pair of solo blocks and Jenna Sagedahl 12 set assists. Kellie Morehouse and Yost each had four kills. The Jacks entered the win column with a 25-22, 22-25, 15-8 victory over Renville County West.
Last week's 33-28 loss to Brainerd apparently did not sit well with the Bemidji football players. "The kids seem to have a different perspective this week in practice," said BHS coach Troy Hendricks whose team heads to Alexandria Saturday for a 3 p.m. game. "I think the kids responded to last week's loss with a chip on their shoulders. I hope and believe that means that the kids don't like losing." For the second consecutive week the Lumberjacks will face an unbeaten team.