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
The Bemidji High gymnastics team starts its new year tonight, heading south to Little Falls to tackle the Flyers. They took the opener here last year 124.225-123.6. It was one of only two losses all winter for the gymnasts who ended 4-2 in duals and took sixth place at the section meet. That was done with a team lacking any seniors and three freshmen among its top five scorers. With everyone back, Bemidji is looking toward an improved campaign. Bemidji raised its average score five points a meet and moved up one place at the sectional. Don Papreck, who has guided most of the gymnasts sin
The Bemidji High boys basketball team makes its season debut tonight, hosting East Grand Forks at 7:30 at the Field House. The preliminaries begin at 5:45 with the freshman game in the Auxiliary gym and the B Team contest in the main gymnasium. Bemidji shoots for another winning season this winter after going 16-10 in 2009. That was the first year above the .500 mark since an identical finish in 2005. Last year Bemidji put a blue collar team on the court that won through hard work and hustle much of the season. Jeff Brown begins his eighth season at the helm with a guarded air of confiden
The Bemidji High girls basketball team, one win under its belt, faces a pair of weekend games, heading to Thief River Falls tonight and traveling to Hopkins Saturday to meet Burnsville in the Hopkins Tip Off Classic. Bemidji dominated the Prowlers last season winning 72-42 and 71-33 and will be heavily favored to repeat tonight. The Prowlers opened their season Tuesday shading Detroit Lakes 63-62. The Prowlers are a rebuilt unit from the one that ended 14-11 last year with only seniors Hailey Peterson and Lacey Stennes back from last year's regulars. The Prowlers lack size which should pla
Troy Hendricks made history for the second time this fall when he was appointed as the new Bemidji High School Activities Director effective Jan.
The record-setting Bemidji High volleyball team was honored Monday night at its annual Awards Night ceremony at the Commons. Special guests were the members of the varsity, JV, B and C Teams who represented Bemidji this fall. The varsity won a record 22 matches, one above the previous mark set three times. Head Coach Teresa Colligan served as emcee for the program, thanking the parents and Booster Club members for their continued support and presenting corsages to the senior players parents. Leann Johnson, who guided the freshmen, praised her small squad for making steady progress during t
The Bemidji High boys hockey team exploded into the new season Tuesday night rolling past out matched East Grand Forks 10-1 before a small turnout at the John Glas Field House. Bemidji warmed to the task slowly, overcoming a wild first eight minutes of play to take a 2-1 lead by the period' end. It then exploded for six goals in the second period to put the game away and added two on running time in the third Steve Heller, Brady Devescovi and Noah Nemgar each scored twice and Lucas Phillips, Max Hazelton, Rylee Curb and Tyler Follis once.
A promising Bemidji High girls basketball team opens its new season tonight at Crookston. It begins the new year with the same goal in 2009, returning to the state tournament. That goal lasted until the section semifinal last winter when Bemidji fell to Elk River 61-59 in the 8-4A tourney. The shift from Section 8-4A to 7-3A could make the chances a bit easier. The top foe there will be a potent Grand Rapids quintet along with Hermantown, Cloquet, Proctor and Duluth Denfeld and Central. The first of the home and home set with Grand Rapids will be Dec. 10.
The Bemidji High boys hockey team kicks off its 25-game season tonight, hosting East Grand Forks at 7:30 at BSU. The preliminary JV game begins at 5:15. Last year, the Jacks ended 14-12-1 winning their tournament opener over Baudette before bowing to Thief River Falls 6-1, a team it had divided two regular season games against. That marked the first winning year since 2001, the first year of Chris Justice's coaching reign. Wade Chiodo will be back to start his second year at the helm after several seasons guiding the JV . He will again be aided by John Wangberg who served as head coach f
One time NDSU football coach Rocky Hager is out of work this week after Northeastern University folded its 74-year-old football program in a cost cutting move. Hager guided the Bison to two NCAA-II national titles before leaving to become an assistant coach at Temple from 1997-2003. He then took over as Northeastern head coach, finishing his sixth season this fall with a 33-27 win over Rhode Island. That left the team at 3-8 and 20-47 during his stay. The team had 87 players, 65 on scholarships, and a staff of 10 coaches.