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Host Bemidji and Grand Rapids rolled easily through the opening round of the Lakes and Woods Invitational basketball tournament Friday night. Bemidji stopped St. Cloud Cathedral 80-66 while the Rapids demolished Cottage Grove Park 62-34. Today the Rapids and Cathedral clash at 12:30 while Bemidji and Park wind up the meet at 2. Cathedral never led Bemidji but stayed close enough to cause worries into the closing minutes. Sophomore Carey Woods had a field day, hitting 29 points to lead the way.
The Bemidji High ski teams begin their new season today at Ely, skiing in the Timberwolves Invitational at Hidden Valley. It will be a 5k freestyle event with a 3.3 junior high course. The boys varsity will leave the starting line at 11 with the girls varsity race starting a half hour later. The two JV and Junior High events will follow the varsity races. Bemidji faces a major overhaul this winter after heavy graduation losses in 2009.It will be heavier among the boys where only one letter winner returns.
The Bemidji High swim team opens its new season today, swimming at the Apollo Relays at St. Cloud. The Jacks took third at last year's meet, trailing Sartell and St. Cloud Tech. They may have to battle to finish that high today with two of their top starts missing. Mat Wilcox and Dylan Hoven are competing at the U.S.
The Moorhead Spuds scored an open net goal in the final 80 seconds of play Thursday night to hold off Bemidji's Lumberjacks 4-3 at The Glas. The score came between two Bemidji tallies after pulling goalie Miah Graves, each; slicing the Spuds lead to a single goal. But time ran out before the Jacks could launch another shot. The win was the second in as many starts for the Spuds and Bemidji's first loss in three games. The pair meet again at Moorhead Feb.
Three Bemidji High sports teams will be in action tonight. The boys hockey team has the home spotlight, hosting arch rival Moorhead in the first of a home and home series. The replay will be at Moorhead Feb. 9. The girls hockey and basketball teams head east to Grand Rapids for stern tests. Tonight's hockey game has been moved to BSU in hopes of drawing a better crowd. It has also been moved back 15 minutes to 7:30 with the JV contest starting at 5:30. Both teams bring unbeaten marks into play.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks opened the Rance Bahr era in good style Tuesday night, stopping Roseau 49-27 before a fine turnout at the field house. Much of the crowd was attracted to honor Bemidji coaching legend Ken Schmoker who was inaugurated into the National Wrestling Hall of Fane. He will be enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The official state inauguration will be held April 17 at Owatonna. Presenting the award was Spencer Yohe, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Hall of Fame.
Highlighting tonight's Lumberjacks mat opener will be honoring former coaching legend Ken Schmoker. A large number of his former wrestlers will be on hand for the occasion, coming from as far away as Alaska. Schmoker, who guided the Lumberjacks from 1958-76, will enter the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this year. He was informed of his induction by John Grygelko, former Robbinsdale High and Augsburg College wrestling coach who is a board member of the Minnesota State Chapter of the Hall. He and chapter President Spencer Yohe will attend tonight's ceremony. Schmoker was informed of his
Tuesday's opening wrestling match of the year will be highlighted by the local induction ceremony of Ken Schmoker into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The statewide induction ceremony will be held at Owatonna in April. Former Jacks wrestlers and coaches are expected to come from as far away as Alaska for the induction honoring a man who guided the Jacks matmen for 19 seasons producing three state champs and dominating the district and region meets. A social hour is planned for 5;30 in the Commons.
The Bemidji High girls hockey team scored another impressive win Friday night, handing Moorhead a 4-3 setback on the Spuds ice. It was the second straight 4-3 loss for the Spuds who bowed to Crookston by that score Thursday. Bemidji raised its record to 4-1 coming back from its only setback of the year to Roseau. The girls host East Grand Forks Tuesday at The Glas, head to Grand Rapids Thursday and entertain Fergus Falls Saturday in a 12;45 matinee at Nymore Gardens. Bemidji trailed only once Friday night, falling behind 3-2 in the closing moments of the second period. But two third perio
The Bemidji High School boys basketball team made an encouraging start to its new season Friday night, edging a tall and talented East Grand Forks Green Wave 64-61 at Bemidji. The good turnout saw two evenly matched teams battle from start to finish with neither ever able to take command. The game went down to the final minutes when East Side missed two close range shots in the final 13 seconds. The Jacks will be idle until next Saturday when they host Cottage Grove Park at 3 in an afternoon contest. Park and Grand Rapids will clash here Friday night, with Bemidji unable to find a fourth t