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The boys soccer team will share today's home spotlight with the volleyball squad while the cross country, girls soccer and tennis teams are on the road. The Lumberjacks soccer team will entertain Crookston at 5 p.m.
With a pair of home victories in the books the Bemidji football team hits the road for the first time today when the Lumberjacks head to St. Cloud Apollo. BHS is 2-0 after trimming Moorhead 28-21 and thumping Fergus Falls. Apollo will bring a 1-1 record into the game, opening with a 13-6 victory over Fergus Falls but dropping a 27-7 decision last week to Little Falls. "Being on the road will be new for the kids," said Jacks coach Troy Hendricks. "The problem with being on the road is we have to handle a 2.5-hour bus ride but we'll keep our focus on what we need to do.
Kayla Hirt's long-range plans include playing college basketball at the University of Minnesota beginning next year. In order to do that, however, she was forced to make a difficult decision this fall. Hirt will have reconstructive surgery on her left knee Sept. 23 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. The surgery is designed to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) she tore during an AAU basketball game in Georgia during the late summer. By having surgery now Hirt believes she will be ready to join the Gophers next fall.
An extended break did not adversely affect the Bemidji girls tennis team Tuesday as the Lumberjacks posted a 6-1 win over East Grand Forks and a 7-0 victory over Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes. "All things considered, we played pretty well," said BHS coach Mark Fodness.
The high school sports career of Kayla Hirt appears to be over as the Bemidji senior is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery on her left knee Sept. 23. Hirt, who injured the knee during AAU basketball late in the summer, visited a pair of specialists earlier this month. The doctors in Fargo, after examining the MRI, felt the anterior cruciate ligament was completely torn. Their counterparts at the University of Minnesota believed the tear was probably partial but both doctors recommended surgery. "My goal is to play basketball at the University of Minnesota and beyond.
The Bemidji girls swimming and diving team swept Grand Rapids and Perham in a double-dual Monday at the BHS pool. The Jacks posted a 188-124 win over Grand Rapids and downed Perham 175-134. Bemidji dominated Grand Rapids from the outset but trailed Perham after three events. The Lumberjacks overtook their guest during the 50 free as Steph Frey and Maris Jahner went 1-2. Frey set the pace with a time of 25.98 while her teammate was second at 27.32. The Jacks widened the gap with a 1-3-4 performance in diving.
The Bemidji volleyball and swimming and diving teams enjoyed the home spotlight Monday and local sports fans will have to wait until Thursday for another home appearance. Once again, fans will have the opportunity to watch a pair of events Thursday as the boys soccer team entertains Crookston at 5 p.m. and the volleyball team hosts Grand Forks Red River at 7:15. The schedule of home events also includes a Saturday matinee as the girls soccer squad will host Brainerd at 1 p.m. Today's slate features road tests for the tennis and volleyball teams. The tennis team has been off since Aug.
Behind a pair of event victories by Steph Frey and another by Jana Hedstrom the Bemidji girls swimming and diving team captured the championship of its invitational Saturday. The Lumberjacks tallied 381 points while runner-up Grand Forks Red River had 342.
The Bemidji High School football team proved to be good "mudders" Friday night as the Lumberjacks dominated Fergus Falls 35-6 in the rain at Chet Anderson Stadium. The defense set the tone the entire evening as the starters did not yield a first down to the Otters offense. The Lumberjacks' attack fared much better, scoring 35 points despite seeing numerous drives hampered by procedure and delay of game penalties. "We have to become more football smart and play with more mental toughness," said Jacks coach Troy Hendricks.
The Bemidji football team will shoot for its second win in as many starts today when it hosts Fergus Falls at 7 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium. The Lumberjacks are coming off Friday's 28-21 home win over Moorhead while Fergus Falls dropped a 13-6 decision to St. Cloud Apollo last Friday. "I don't know much about Fergus Falls," said BHS coach Troy Hendricks.