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BEMIDJI – When Mike Boschee was hired last summer as the new men’s basketball coach at Bemidji State University among his top priorities was to bring sustained success to the program. During his initial press conference Bouschee admitted that accomplishing that goal would not be easy but it is something he always strives for. “We’re not here to change the game by any means, but I want to create an atmosphere where we can be consistent on a yearly basis,” Boschee said in July. “Guys know what’s expected of them.
THIEF RIVER FALLS – Top-seeded Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and No. 2 Mahnomen will battle for the East Sub-Section 8A boys basketball championship 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena here. The two favorites held serve during Saturday’s sub-section semifinals as WHA thumped Kelliher-Northome 82-58 and Mahnomen edged Blackduck 67-64. Blackduck (11-16) gave Mahnomen (20-4) all it could handle as the Drakes led 35-31 at the break and kept the pressure on the Indians in the second half. Trey Volk scored 13 points in the first half to pace Blackduck’s attack and finished with 19.
BEMIDJI – Bemidji High School girls hockey coach Bob Brink is stepping down after two years on the bench because he wants to spend more time with his family. “Coaching is a time-consuming job and when you have two little boys and another child on the way, you can’t devote all the time to coaching that you need to,” Brink said. “I told our girls from Day 1 when I came here two years ago that you have to take care of family first and that is what I am doing.”
BEMIDJI – The Sub-Section East 8A boys basketball playoffs began Monday with play-in games at Laporte, Blackduck and Cass Lake-Bena. The tournament scene will shift to Bemidji Thursday for the quarterfinals and those winners will head to the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls for Saturday’s sub-section semifinal and the final on March 12. The Section 8A title game, matching the East winner against the West winner, will be March 15 at the REA. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (22-2) earned the top seed from the East. The Wolves will take either Laporte (No.
The competitive winter sports seasons at Bemidji High School began Nov.
MINNEAPOLIS – Sam Howard capped his state meet experience by finishing ninth in the Class A diving event Saturday at the University of Minnesota pool. The junior at Bemidji High School who was third at last weekend’s Section 5A meet, entered Saturday’s final three dives in seventh with 233.05 points but he slipped to ninth after scoring 94.9 points Saturday. Joe McGrath of Hill-Murray took the diving championship with 397.25 points.
ST. PAUL – Brian Maas placed fifth at 113 pounds Saturday and Logan Crosby was sixth at 126 to lead the Bemidji High School contingent at the Class 3A state wrestling meet at the Xcel Center. Kade Johnson also represented the Jacks at 170 pounds and the junior posted a 2-2 record at the state meet, eventually being eliminated in the consolation quarterfinals. “This was a great experience for the kids and the coaches,” said BHS coach Rance Bahr.
THIEF RIVER FALLS – Fosston neutralized Red Lake’s fast-moving offense Saturday and ended the Warriors’ season with a 67-46 victory in the East Sub-Section 8A girls semifinals at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. In Saturday’s other sub-section contest top-seeded Clearbrook-Gonvick dominated No. 5 Mahnomen 51-29. In Tuesday’s sub-section final at the REA Clearbrook-Gonvick will face No. 3 Fosston at 6 p.m. Tuesday’s late game at the REA will match the two West sub-section finalists. Red Lake entered Saturday’s game seeded second in the East while Fosston was the third seed.
ST. PAUL – Bemidji’s Brian Maas and Logan Crosby remain in the hunt for third-place finishes in their weight classes at the state high school wrestling meet. In Saturday morning’s action Maas suffered his first loss in the tournament as the sophomore was edged 5-4 in three overtimes by Sam Bennyhoff of Mound-Westonka in the 113-point championship semifinals. Maas (39-4) will face Trevor Westerlund of Albert Lea Saturday afternoon in the consolation semifinals. If Maas wins that match he will wrestle for third place.
ST. PAUL – All three Bemidji High School wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state wrestling tournament Friday at the Xcel Energy Center by posting first-round victories. In the 113-pound division Brian Maas battered Brandon Moen of Owatonna 17-2. At 126 pounds Logan Crosby blanked Grant Boldan of White Bear Lake 5-0 and teammate Kade Johnson won Friday’s opener at 170 pounds as he blistered Jackson Graham of Apple Valley 14-4. “In the first round Brian faced the No. 6 ranked kid in the state and we anticipated a close match,” said Lumberjacks coach Rance Bahr.