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Veteran Perham High football coach Howie Kangas has called it quits after 18 seasons. He will continue to teach at Perham. He leaves with 119 victories, the most by any grid coach in Perham High history, and played for the section championship the past five years.
The Bemidji girls hockey team shoots for its third straight victory tonight when it heads north to battle the Prowlers at Thief River Falls. The rebuilt Bemidji sextet made an impressive debut last weekend winning at Prior Lake 3-1 and Wayzata 5-2. It is favored to make it three straight tonight, setting the stage for a key Tuesday night home debut with Roseau. The Prowlers started 0-2, bowing to So. St. Paul 6-3 in their opener Friday and to East Grand Forks 3-2 Tuesday. Bemidji won the lone meeting of the pair last year 6-0 at home with Kaia Sele posting the shutout.
The largest Bemidji High girls swim contingent in a decade to reach the state meet will open today at the University of Minnesota's Aquatics Center. Three individuals and three relay teams qualified for the state in Bemidji's first year in Class A. In its many years as a AA school, the team found trips to the state infrequent battling such powers as Maple Lake, Elk River and Brainerd at the section level each y ear. Since 1999, Bemidji did not qualify any state entrants four years, went scoreless in four others and registered three points in 2005. In the preceding decade, however, it did f
The Bemidji Lumberjacks head to St. Cloud State tonight to open the state football tournament. They will take on Sartell in a 6 p.m. contest. Other 4A openers sent St. Thomas Academy against Mahtomedi, Northfield against state champion Mankato West and Rogers against Totino-Grace last night. The Bemidji-Sartell winners will face St. Thomas or Mahtomedi Nov. 20 at 12:45 at the Metrodome. The Class 4A final will be the feature game Nov.
The Bemidji High girls swim team heads to the north border tonight to open a two-day stand at the Section 8A meet at Warroad. For the first time, Bemidji has dropped out of the AA ranks and no longer will have to battle state powers such as Maple Grove, Elk River and Brainerd at the section meet. They made full use of the switch earlier this fall to win the True Team section title and compete at the state. Bemidji turned back Park Rapids by 79 points even competing without one of its top scorers, Stephanie Frey who was injured. However, that came at a meet in which Fergus Falls did not tak
The Bemidji High cross country team was honored Wednesday night at its annual Awards Night at the Hampton Inn. Featured guests were the 45 members of the boys and girls varsity and JV units that competed this fall. The boys posted two meet victories and finished second once while the girls were runners-up twice and third once in their best finishes. Each started only one senior on their section tournament teams, leaving high hopes for a more productive season in 2010. Ryan Aylesworth, completing his second season as head coach, served as emcee for the night. He was aided by assistant Denn
The Bemidji High girls hockey team launches the winter sports season this weekend, heading south to face Prior Lake tonight and Wayzata tomorrow afternoon. They will be the first of 25 games this winter, only nine at home. Six of these will be at Nymore Gardens and three at BSU. It will be a new era for the skaters who ended a four year run behind Sarah Erickson and Jess Christofferson last winter by reaching the section semifinals before falling to Moorhead. During those four years, Bemidji made trip to the state meet in 2007 and twice lost in the section final.
It's back to a single team in St. Cloud girls hockey this season. The unexpected move came when St. Cloud Tech coach Joel Heitkamp called a pre-season meeting which attracted only 13 girls. With that number far less than needed to put a team on the ice, he quickly joined forces with the combined Apollo-Cathedral team. The trio will continue the Icebreakers name used in recent years by the combined Apollo-Cathedral team. It opened practice Monday and will play its first game Nov.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks rang down the curtain on a century of Duluth Central football Saturday, burying the Trojans 40-0 on the snowy Chet Anderson Stadium gridiron. Central will close its doors next spring, sending its 788 students to either East or Denfeld in 2010. The win will send Bemidji to the Section 7-4A title game Friday at Public Schools Stadium to battle Denfeld.
Rance Bahr, the new Bemidi High School wresting coach, has announced his staff for the winter. Bahr will be assisted by Dale Gullickson and Adam Johnson from last year's staff and joined by Brent Mason, Dillon Fogarty and Matt Shaver. Mason, like Bahr, is a former Lumberjack mat star who later wrestled at Ridgewater Community College in Willmar. Wrestling signups Registration for this year's Bemidji Wrestling Club program will take place Monday and Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 at the BHS wrestling room. The club will provide free hot dogs, chips and beverages at Tuesday night's signups.