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BLACKDUCK – The Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena wrestling team is sending three athletes to the Class A state wrestling meet which begins Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Andrew Nissen finished second at the Section 8A meet in the 106-pound division as did teammates Daven Staples at 160 and Tanner Templin at 195. Nissen went 3-1 at the section meet. After winning his first two matches Nissen fell 17-8 to Tanner Reetz of Frazee in the title match.
BEMIDJI – Fresh off its weekend victories over Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team earned the third seed in the NSIC North Division and will host Wayne State 7 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the league playoffs. Wayne is ranked sixth in the South Division. If the Beavers defeat Wayne they will probably head to Winona for Saturday’s quarterfinals. Winona is the second seed from the South Division and hosts U-Mary (No.
There will be another gauntlet at Bemidji High School this week as the students, teachers and administrators will honor the Lumberjacks wrestlers, swimmers and diver who qualified for this weekend’s state meets. On Friday and Saturday Brian Maas, Logan Crosby and Kade Johnson won individual Section 8-3A wrestling championships in Brainerd and punched their tickets to the state meet. At that same time at the BHS pool, Tyler Hemp and Sam Howard earned trips to the state swimming and diving meet along with Bemidji’s 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams. The 200 medley relay unit inc
BEMIDJI – Tyler Hemp qualified for the state meet in the 200 free and the 100 breaststroke, Sam Howard advanced in diving and the 200 medley relay quartet of Nate Gubbels, Hemp, Matt Arndt and Nick Gubbels also earned a trip to the state meet following Saturday’s second day of the Section 5A swimming and diving meet at the Bemidji High School pool. The 200 free relay team started Saturday’s action on a great note as the unit finished second in a time of 1:43.35. The relay squad entered the section meet seeded seventh but it improved to third after Friday’s preliminary round and continued
BRAINERD – The Bemidji wrestling team is sending three athletes to the state meet as Brian Maas won the section title at 113 pounds, Logan Crosby claimed the crown at 126 and Kade Johnson topped the field at 170. Just missing out on advancing to state were Craig Maas who finished third at 132 and Alex Johnson who was third in the heavyweight bracket. “It was a bittersweet day for us,” said BHS coach Rance Bahr.
CLEARBROOK – As expected, Clearbrook-Gonvick received the top seed in the Section 8A girls basketball tournament and the Bears will open their quest for a state-tournament spot 6 p.m.Thursday in Bagley against either Blackduck or Laporte. Red Lake received the second seed and the Warriors will battle either Lake of the Woods or Red Lake County Central 6 p.m. Thursday at Bemidji State University in its tournament opener. The three Section 8A East play-in games will be played Tuesday and see No. 8 Blackduck hosting No. 9 Laporte, No. Cass Lake-Bena entertaining No.
BEMIDJI – After Monday’s disappointing 62-49 home loss to St. Cloud Apollo, Bemidji girls basketball coach Rick Kehoe challenged his team to end the season on a positive note. Even though the Lumberjacks lost 69-63 to Grand Rapids Thursday at the high school gym, the team responded. The extra effort was on full display and, even though the seniors lost their final home game, they can look back on the performance with fond memories. Thursday’s loss gave BHS a final record of 8-17.
BEMIDJI – Individual success and berths in the state meets are the goals of the Bemidji High school wrestlers and swimmers this weekend as the athletes participate in their section individual meets. The Lumberjacks swimmers and divers will host their Section 5A peers today and Saturday while the wrestlers head to Brainerd for their individual meet. The top three finishers in each of the swimming events and in diving advance to the state meet, plus any swimmer who reaches the state qualification time. The section swimming and diving meet begins 5 p.m. today with the preliminary round.
CLEARBROOK – The Section 8A girls basketball playoffs begin Tuesday and in the East sub-section Clearbrook-Gonvick will be the favorite. The Bears took a 21-2 overall record into Tuesday’s game at Win-E-Mac and are 15-0 against section teams. The Section 8 rankings are determined by the final QRF figures and Clearbrook-Gonvick owns an 84.0 QRF. A distant second in the East is Red Lake as the Warriors (13-5 overall, 7-1 against section opponents) have a 71.5 figure.
BEMIDJI – Successful teams find a way to elevate their performance during the section tournaments and Tuesday at the Community Arena the Bemidji boys hockey team took their game to a new level. Except for a brief span in the first period, the Lumberjacks dominated St.