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Senior Bemidji football co-captain Forrest Moe has believed in this year's from the opening day of practice and he is not surprised that the Lumberjacks have advanced to the state Class 4A quarterfinals. "It isn't necessarily that we thought we would gain state, it was more a matter of finding a way to win football games," Moe said. "Because we kept finding ways to win we are still playing." BHS has found a way to win nine games and will take a 9-1 record into today's 7 p.m. quarterfinal contest at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth against Rogers.
The bucks are definitely in the rut north of Lake Plantagenet and Dave Tisdell of Bemidji discovered first-hand on Monday how serious the battles for male dominance in the deer world can be. Tisdell was walking through the woods when he spotted a deer in a swamp about 70 yards away. The animal's head was hidden by brush but Tisdell had an antlerless permit so he thought he would fill his tag. The shot was true and the deer fell. "When I walked up to where I had shot the deer there were two of them on the ground," Tisdell said.
Laura Yourd and Alicia Papke-Larson have shared the captain's duties for the Bemidji swimming and diving team this fall and the seniors are confident that the Lumberjacks will perform at their best at the Section 8A meet this weekend. "We are ready. We've been looking forward to this meet all year.
Kayla Hirt officially became a Minnesota Gopher Wednesday morning when she signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Minnesota and join the basketball team. "I'm very proud of Kayla," said her mother, Tracy, following the signing. "Kayla has worked very hard to get to where she is.
To be a competitive high school swimmer an athlete must expect extended workouts that tax the mind and the body. At Bemidji High School the girls swimmers began their practices in August and have targeted each session toward this weekend's Section 8A meet at BHS. Coach Scott Leindecker has not been bashful when it comes to challenging his swimmers during practices and a few weeks ago, by design, everyone was feeling the effects of the exhausting workouts. For the past 10 days, however, the practice regimen has been different. No longer are the swimmers doing lap after lap after lap.
The Bemidji swimming and diving team will host the Section 8A meet beginning with the diving preliminaries at noon on Friday. The event will conclude with the crowning of the section team and individual qualifiers for the state meet Saturday afternoon. Joining the Lumberjacks will be Fosston-Bagley, defending champion Park Rapids, Crookston, Perham-New York Mills, Warroad-Roseau-BGMR, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls. The rosters have been submitted to section officials and Bemidji's Steph Frey is seeded first in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke. BHS is seeded second in t
Area deer hunters reported mixed success during the first few days of the firearms deer season and, overall, the harvest appears to be down about 12 percent. Among the permit areas reporting the largest declines was 184, which includes Bemidji and the surrounding area. In 184, the three-day deer harvest dropped about 37 percent from 2009, according to the registration figures. "I didn't expect to see this much of a decline in 184," said DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Shelley Gorham whose territory includes 184. "Much of 184 is public land and that land usually gets hunted hard.
Rogers was ranked third in the final Associated Press prep football Class 4A poll and is accustomed to beating teams on the field as well as on the scoreboard. Bemidji, which was seventh in the final poll, also enjoys physical football and Friday the Lumberjacks will have the opportunity to match blows with the Royals in the quarterfinals of the state Class 4A tournament. The game is set for 7 p.m.
The football team has already qualified for the state playoffs while the swimmers hope to accomplish the same feat Friday and Saturday when they host the Section 8A meet at the high school pool. The transition from fall to winter has also begun at BHS as the girls hockey team began its second week of practice Monday. The team will be the first winter Lumberjacks squad to begin competition as well as they will entertain Thief River Falls 7 p.m. Nov.
When Jenna Truedson joined her Bemidji cross country teammates for the initial practice session in August she was focusing her workouts toward the state meet. The Lumberjacks eighth grader thought she had the ability to qualify for state and all of her workouts were endured with the state meet as the ultimate reward. Last weekend those miles and miles of running paid off as she qualified for the state competition by finishing fifth in the Section 8AA meet in Fergus Falls. Once that goal was achieved, however, Truedson and her coach Ryan Aylesworth issued a new challenge: placing in the top