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“It’s obviously disappointing,” longtime BHS head coach Rick Toward said. “This is my 28th year of saying goodbye to a group of seniors who see their season end by losing the last game of their careers.”
The fifth-seeded Lumberjacks stormed into Sartell and upset fourth-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen 2-0, winning an edge-of-your-seat Section 8-3A Tournament playoff game that wasn’t decided until the final minute.
The Lumberjacks earned the No. 5 seed for the Section 8-3A Tournament on Monday, and they’re matched up against fourth-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen in the first round. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Sartell.
The Lumberjacks bagged three goals in a 10-minute span on Saturday, a lightning-fast attack that produced a 3-1 win at Alexandria to close the regular season.
The Lumberjacks defeated the Eagles 4-2 at Chet Anderson Stadium, a statement victory over a Class AA team ranked third in the QRF.
Chet Anderson Stadium was the epicenter of Al Toward’s first career goal with the Lumberjacks. But the shockwaves of this story truly originate over 7,000 miles away -- at an orphanage run by nuns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Zeke Graf scored his first career goal on Monday, turning on a ball and firing a rocket into the back of the net. He sprinted toward the home crowd with a jolt of adrenaline, raised his hands triumphantly and celebrated with a confident and choreographed dance.
Al Toward bagged his first varsity goal in the win, scoring off a feed from Conor Stodgell in the 71st minute. Stodgell added another goal six minutes later, and the two scores proved to be the exclamation point of a goal-filled game.
Bemidji will return home to host Pelican Rapids at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Chet Anderson Stadium.

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