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SOCCER: BHS boys, girls teams earn top seeds for section playoffs

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys and girls soccer teams have learned who they’ll be playing when Section 8A playoffs start Thursday, Oct. 11. Both teams have earned top seeds in the North subsection as they look to defend their section crowns and return to the state tournament.

The Lumberjack boys will host North No. 8 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Cass Lake-Bena at 4 p.m. in a preliminary round match at Bemidji Middle School. The winner advances to meet the winner of North No. 4 Pelican Rapids and North No. 5 Detroit Lakes in the section quarterfinals.

The Bemidji girls will open the playoffs by hosting North No. 8 Crookston at 7 p.m. in a preliminary round match at Chet Anderson Stadium. The winner advances to meet the winner of North No. 4 Alexandria and North No. 5 Fergus Falls in the section quarterfinals.

The WHA/CL-B girls received the North No. 7 seed and will travel to face North No. 2 Detroit Lakes for a 7 p.m. contest.

The Lumberjacks boys completed the regular season with a 13-2-1 record and went 9-0-1 against section opponents. In the teams’ only 2018 meeting, BHS defeated WHA/CL-B, 9-0, to open the season Aug. 23 at Walker.

WHA/CL-B topped North No. 9 TrekNorth, 5-0, in a play-in game Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The Bemidji girls ended their regular season with a 10-4-2 mark while going 9-0-1 against section foes. The Jacks beat Crookston, 11-0, in their only regular season meeting on Sept. 10 in Crookston.

The Section 8A playoffs conclude Thursday, Oct. 18, with championship games for the boys and girls.

Section 8A Boys Soccer Tournament

Play-In Games (Tuesday, Oct. 9)

North No. 8 WHA/CL-B 5, North No. 9 TrekNorth 0

South No. 7 Minnewaska 3, South No. 10 St. John’s Prep 1

South No. 8 Melrose 3, South No. 9 Sauk Rapids-Rice 2

Prelims (Thursday, Oct. 11)

North No. 8 WHA/CL-B at North No. 1 Bemidji, 4 p.m.

North No. 5 Detroit Lakes at North No. 4 Pelican Rapids, 4 p.m.

South No. 7 Minnewaska at South No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral, 7 p.m.

South No. 6 Alexandria at South No. 3 Little Falls, 4 p.m.

South No. 8 Melrose at South No. 1 St. Cloud Apollo, 6 p.m.

South No. 5 Rocori at South No. 4 Sartell-St. Stephen, 5 p.m.

North No. 7 Fergus Falls at North No. 2 Hillcrest Lutheran, 4 p.m.

North No. 6 Crookston at North No. 3 East Grand Forks, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals (Saturday, Oct. 13)

QF 1: WHA/Bemidji vs. DL/Pelican, TBD

QF 2: Minn./Cathedral vs. Alex./LF, TBD

QF 3: Melrose/Apollo vs. Rocori/Sartell, TBD

QF 4: Fergus/Hillcrest vs. Crookston/EGF, TBD

Semifinals (Tuesday, Oct. 16)

QF 1 winner vs. QF 2 winner, 4 p.m.

QF 3 winner vs. QF 4 winner, 4 p.m.

Final (Thursday, Oct. 18)

Semifinal winners, TBD

Section 8A Girls Soccer Tournament

Prelims (Thursday, Oct. 11)

North No. 8 Crookston at North No. 1 Bemidji, 7 p.m.

North No. 5 Fergus Falls at North No. 4 Alexandria, 7 p.m.

South No. 7 St. John’s Prep at South No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral, 5 p.m.

South No. 6 Rocori at South No. 3 St. Cloud Apollo, 4 p.m.

South No. 8 Melrose at South No. 1 Sartell-St. Stephen, 7 p.m.

South No. 5 Little Falls at South No. 4 Sauk Rapids-Rice, 4 p.m.

North No. 7 WHA/CL-B at North No. 2 Detroit Lakes, 7 p.m.

North No. 6 Hillcrest Lutheran at North No. 3 East Grand Forks, 5 p.m.

Quarterfinals (Saturday, Oct. 13)

QF 1: Crookston/Bemidji vs. Fergus/Alex., TBD

QF 2: St. John’s/Cathedral vs. Rocori/Apollo, TBD

QF 3: Melrose/Sartell vs. LF/Sauk Rapids, TBD

QF 4: WHA/DL vs. Hillcrest/EGF, TBD

Semifinals (Tuesday, Oct. 16)

QF 1 winner vs. QF 2 winner, 4 p.m.

QF 3 winner vs. QF 4 winner, 4 p.m.

Final (Thursday, Oct. 18)

Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.