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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.
Kyle Fodness floated a finesse shot over the goalie's outstretched arms with 3:43 remaining in the second overtime to give the Bemidji boys soccer team a 3-2 home victory over East Grand Forks Thursday. The win extended Bemidji's unbeaten streak to four games and upped the Jacks' record to 3-2-1. "A win is a win but this was not a pretty victory," said BHS coach Rick Toward whose team heads to Two Harbors Saturday. The Lumberjacks owned a 1-0 lead at the break as David Wyllie found the net from close range courtesy of Max Hazelton's feed. Early in the second stanza, however, East Grand For
Tuesday in Grand Rapids the Bemidji boys soccer team battled the Thunderhawks to a 1-1 overtime draw. Tony Smith's 16-yard shot in the final six minutes of regulation bounced off the defense and past the Grand Rapids goalie for the tying tally. Neither team scored in either of the two 5-minute overtimes. The tie gave the Lumberjacks a 2-2-1 record heading into today's 5 p.m. home game against East Grand Forks. Saturday BHS will make a long road trip east as it plays at Two Harbors. The Thunderhawks scored the lone goal of the first half midway through the session.
Midway through the third game of Tuesday's volleyball match in Bemidji Deer River led the Jacks 15-12. Bemidji had taken the first two games 25-14, 25-18 but the Warriors gave notice that they had no intention of being swept. BHS outside hitter Kellie Morehouse, however, had other ideas. During an eight-point span Morehouse delivered a pair of winning spikes and two winning tips.
The Bemidji volleyball team is 2-0 on the season and the Lumberjacks have definitely earned both victories. Last Friday BHS hung on for a 3-2 win at Perham and Thursday the Jacks duplicated the feat at home against Detroit Lakes, rallying for a 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-8 win. "It's good to see that we can come out on top in five-game matches," said Bemidji coach Teresa Colligan. "Thursday we were down 2-1 in games but you could tell that those fourth and fifth games were going to be ours.
Entering Monday's final round of the Vandersluis Men's Championship Chris Curb of Bemidji was tied for third with a 54-hole score of 147. Jim Foss of Roseau led the field at 144 while Johnny Larson of Springfield, Minn. was a shot back at 145. Toby Palmiscno of Bemidji shared Curb's 147 and those four players were grouped in the final pairing. Even though he entered Monday's action two shots off the pace Curb was positioned exactly where he wanted to be. "For me, not being the leader is an advantage," Curb said. "I'd rather be trailing by a shot or two and play catch-up on the final day.
The resilience of young football players was on display during the final minutes of Friday's 28-21 Bemidji victory over Moorhead at Chet Anderson Stadium. With 1:36 remaining in the game the Spuds trailed 28-14 and faced a fourth-and-13 from the BHS 43. Receiver Mason Ness broke into the middle of the field and was spotted by quarterback Jacob Uglem. He also, however, was spotted by Bemidji safety Cody Rutledge. Uglem sent the pass to Ness and Rutledge zeroed in on the interception. Unfortunately, Rutledge was a half a step late.
Jake Urban is among the senior leaders of the Bemidji boys cross-country running team but his contributions have been temporarily put on hold while he recovers from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident which occurred about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Urban was heading north on Hubbard County Road 98. Approaching from the west on County Road 2 (North Plantagenet Road) was a semi tractor-trailer driven by Michael Nepean, 61, of Bagley. "I was at a two-way stop on the detour road and most of the vehicles on that road are there because of the detour," Urban said.