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BEMIDJI – The Section 8-4A playoffs begin one week from today and Monday night the Bemidji girls basketball team was trying to build momentum for the post-season. Instead of generating steam, however, the Lumberjacks took a few steps in the wrong direction as they lost 62-49 at home to St. Cloud Apollo. “We gave up only 16 points in the first half and then we turn around and give up 46 in the second half,” said a disappointed Jacks head coach Rick Kehoe. “We missed our first eight shots to start the game and we hit only one of 12 free throws in the first half.
The seasons have ended for some of the varsity teams at Bemidji High School while others are about to begin their postseason tournaments. Last week the girls hockey team saw its campaign come to a close when it lost 3-0 to eventual Section 8-2A tournament champion North Wright County in the section semifinals. The gymnasts also have completed their year as they placed fourth at Saturday’s Section 8A meet in Park Rapids. The Lumberjacks did not qualify anyone for the state tournament as section champ Perham and runner-up Detroit Lakes claimed most of the top individual spots. Bemidj
PARK RAPIDS – Sara Erickson scored 33.45 in the all around to lead the Bemidji High School gymnastics team to fourth place in Saturday’s Section 8A meet hosted by Park Rapids. The Lumberjacks, who have been without the services of Amy Carey during the latter stages of the regular season because of an ankle injury, tallied 129.575.
LITTLE FALLS – The Bemidji wrestlers took advantage of their final opportunity to compete for team glory Saturday as the Lumberjacks advanced to the semifinals of the Section 8-3A tournament where they lost to No. 2 seed Little Falls 58-12. Prior to that match, however, BHS made life miserable for Brainerd.
BEMIDJI – The season-long home losing streak for the Bemidji boys basketball team ended Saturday when the Lumberjacks outran Sauk Rapids-Rice 68-58. Saturday’s victory was the second of the winter for the Jacks and they will take a 2-18 record into Tuesday’s game at Buffalo. BHS opened a 14-13 lead seven minutes into the action and the Lumberjacks maintained an edge the rest of the way. “Winning at home is always good for a program,” said Bemidji coach Dan Ninham.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji wrestling team earned the No. 6 seed in today’s Section 8-3A wrestling tournament hosted by Little Falls and the Lumberjacks will begin their quest for a berth in the state meet when they tangle with No. 3 Brainerd at 1 p.m. If BHS can stop the Warriors they will face either No. 2 Little Falls or No. 7 St. Cloud Apollo at 3 p.m. in the semifinals. The section title match is scheduled for 5 p.m. Moorhead earned the top seed while Sartell is fourth and Alexandria fifth. Saturday’s play-in match pits No. 8 Sauk Rapids against No. 9 St. Cloud Tech.
BEMIDJI – With the Section 8-2A playoffs beginning Tuesday at home against St. Cloud Tech the Bemidji boys hockey team was hoping to gain momentum when it closed the regular season Friday against Thief River Falls. Despite losing 2-1 at the Community Arena, BHS coach Wade Chiodo believes that the Lumberjacks accomplished that goal. “I just wanted us to play solid hockey in all three zones and we did that,” Chiodo, whose team will take a 7-16-2 record and the No. 4 seed into the playoffs, said. “Thief is a very good hockey team and we had our opportunities to find the yet.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Allison Pottinger rink of Eden Prairie, which includes Natalie Nicholson of Bemidji, lost 8-7 in 11 ends to Erika Brown of Wisconsin in Thursday’s late semifinal round of the USA National women’s curling championship playoffs. The loss dropped Pottinger into Friday afternoon’s bronze medal game against Alexandra Carlson of Wayzata. Brown will face off against the Courtney George rink of Duluth in Saturday’s championship contest.
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DETROIT LAKES - Bemidji’s four-game winning streak came to an end Thursday as the Lumberjacks girls basketball team dropped a 42-35 decision to the Lakers. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half and the score was tied 13-13 at the break. “We just weren’t hitting our shots,” said BHS coach Rick Kehoe. “We worked the ball and had the open looks but the shots that have gone down during the past four games didn’t drop.” Detroit Lakes held a lead much of the second half but in the final minutes BHS was within reach of the win. “We gave the effort,” Kehoe said.