BEMIDJI -- After placing second in the Class A state tournament with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to No. 1 Blake on Friday, a trio of Bemidji High School boys soccer midfielders, as well as attacker Silas Hess, were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Ben Hess, Aspen Galdamez and Pau Mesegue didn’t show up much on the scoresheets during the Jacks’ three games in the tournament, but they did enough to prevent opposing chances and produce opportunities of their own to turn the heads of tournament officials.
Ben Hess assisted Silas Hess’ goal against No. 3 Mahtomedi in the quarterfinals, which turned out to be the lone goal of the game.
Silas Hess then went on to open the scoring against No. 2 Academy of Holy Angels and assisted two Aidan Helwig tallies en route to a 3-1 semifinal victory.
On the season, Silas Hess finished with 20 goals, 12 assists and 81 shots to lead the team in each category.
Ben Hess had eight goals and nine assists, Galdamez five goals and 10 assists and Mesegue one goal and six assists.
The Lumberjacks finished the season with a record of 18-3-1 and a program-best second place finish at the state tournament.
For the BHS girls soccer team, junior Emma Dean represented the Jacks with All-Tournament team honors.
While the Lumberjacks were shut out by the eventual repeat state champion, No. 1 Mahtomedi, Dean was the culprit for much of Bemidji’s offensive pressure.
The Bemidji girls wrapped up the season with a 13-5-3 record, matching last year’s state tournament result with a first-round loss to the Zephyrs, who went on to win the title both years.