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Through the years St. Cloud Cathedral has been the nemesis of the Bemidji boys soccer team. For four straight years, starting in 2009, the Crusaders have ended Bemidji's season in the section playoffs. The run began with a 3-0 win over the Lumberjacks in the section semifinals and the next fall Cathedral eliminated BHS 3-0 in the Section 8A title game. In 2011 Bemidji's year ended with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Crusaders in the section semifinals and in the 2012 section title game St. Cloud Cathedral edged the Lumberjacks 3-1. A trip to the state tournament won't be on the line 7 p.m.
WALKER -- The Bemidji boys soccer team extended its season-opening winning streak to seven Saturday as the Lumberjacks blanked Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 6-0 here. The previous best start in the program's history, according to Lumberjacks coach Rick Toward, was a four-game winning streak. The Jacks eclipsed that mark Sept. 4 with a 2-0 victory over East Grand Forks and since that win BHS has tripped Detroit Lakes 2-1 and thumped WHA. "The guys want to keep the winning streak going when we play St. Cloud Cathedral Tuesday at BSU," Toward said.
BEMIDJI -- As the season progresses the Bemidji High School football players should improve. Many of the athletes are holding varsity starting roles for the first time and BHS coach Troy Hendricks knows that lessons must be learned before the Lumberjacks can reach their peak. Friday at Chet Anderson Stadium the Jacks continued their education as they stopped Fergus Falls 40-8.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Wins in three of the four doubles matches and a key victory by Mattie Osborn and Erin Edlund at first doubles lifted the Bemidji girls tennis team to a 4-3 victory Thursday at Thief River Falls. Originally the meet was scheduled for Bemidji and the action was going to be played under the lights at the BHS courts. The predicted cold weather, however, prompted the coaches to switch Thursday's venue to Thief River Falls.
BEMIDJI -- It's still early in the high school football season but a hierarchy is beginning to develop. Among the teams at the top is Bemidji, and today the Lumberjacks will try to maintain that position when they entertain Fergus Falls at 7 p.m. at BSU's Chet Anderson Stadium. BHS will bring a 2-0 record into the contest, the result of a 49-0 victory over Grand Rapids and last week's 52-19 triumph at Sauk Rapids. The Jacks also enter the game ranked No. 5 in the weekly Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A poll, moving up from last week's No.
LITTLE FALLS -- Only two teams were able to defeat Bemidji at Thursday's 20-team Little Falls Invitational boys and girls meets and one of them came all the way from California. The event attracted the boys and girls squads from Laguna Beach and the California team finished second in the boys meet and won the girls event. Hopkins traded spots with Laguna Beach in both meets, claiming the boys competition and placing second in the girls meet. The Lumberjacks were third in both.
WALKER -- The Bemidji girls soccer team continued its winning ways as the Lumberjacks improved to 6-0 Thursday with a 4-0 victory at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. "We used this game as an opportunity to give our reserves the chance to play," said BHS coach Logan Larsen. "Our primary players barely saw the field and we had some who didn't play at all.
BEMIDJI -- There is no high school golf program in Minnesota that can match Bemidji's success at reaching and competing at the state tournament. The Lumberjacks have been to the state competition 25 times since the inception of the meet in 1943. The only programs that are within earshot of that mark are Rochester Lourdes and Roseau who have made it to state on 20 occasions. The Lumberjacks also have won the state seven times. Austin is second on that list with five titles.
DETROIT LAKES — Bemidji continued its success Tuesday as the Lumberjacks swept Detroit Lakes 7-0 and thumped East Grand Forks 6-1 in a triangular in Detroit Lakes. Because of the...
DETROIT LAKES -- Bemidji continued its success Tuesday as the Lumberjacks swept Detroit Lakes 7-0 and thumped East Grand Forks 6-1 in a triangular in Detroit Lakes. Because of the threat of rain, all of the individual matches in the meet against East Grand Forks began with a 2-2 game score and the Lumberjacks won two of the matches by scores of 6-2, 6-2. Finja Mahl and Abbie Kelm posted those shutouts at first and second singles.