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Bemidji girls soccer coach Kelly Schoonover knew her team had not reached its potential during a 7-10 regular season and she was hoping the Lumberjacks would hit full stride in the playoffs. Tuesday at home against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy BHS did just that. "During the season it seemed as if we shortchanged ourselves," Schoonover said. "But tonight we left everything on the field." That 'everything' included a stunned Comet team which was left in the ashes following an 8-2 BHS victory. Tuesday's win vaulted the Lumberjacks into Thursday's quarterfinals, most likely at Detroit Lakes.
The Bemidji boys soccer team ended its regular season Saturday with a 2-1 loss at Moorhead but the Lumberjacks will have the opportunity to regain their winning ways Tuesday when they host a first-round section playoff game. Max Hazelton scored 45 seconds into Saturday's contest and Bemidji maintained the 1-0 lead at intermission. Moorhead, however, controlled play in the second half and goals eight minutes into the stanza and 36 minutes into the period enabled the Spuds to earn the victory. Isak Sommer drew the assist on Hazelton's goal when he headed a pass to Hazelton who was streaking t
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.
The postseason has begun for the Bemidji fall sports teams as the Lumberjacks tennis squad will be in Sartell today for the first two rounds of the 8AA team tournament and the opening round of the individual meet. Based on the team seedings, Bemidji is favored to win the North half of the section and be one of two teams advancing to meet the South representatives. As a reward for being seeding No. 1 the Lumberjacks also have a bye in today's first round. BHS will begin play in the quarterfinals against the winner of today's earlier match between No. 4 seed Fergus Falls and No.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.