BEMIDJI -- Three of the most decorated athletes in Bemidji High School soccer history earned all-state awards on Sunday.
Ben Hess, Silas Hess and Lindsey Hildenbrand received all-state recognition from the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association for their senior seasons on the pitch for the Lumberjacks.
Silas Hess and Hildenbrand were each placed on the Class A All-State First Team, which recognizes the top 22 players in the state for each boys and girls, while Ben Hess was honored as a member of the Class A All-State Second Team.
Silas Hess is a first-team selection for the second year in a row, and he was also named one of five finalists for the Mr. Soccer award as the state’s best player. He finished his senior season with 18 goals and 19 assists while also becoming the program’s all-time leader in points (122) and assists (54).
Ben Hess tallied tallied eight goals and eight assists on the year, which brought his career totals to 29 goals and 35 assists. His 35 assists ranks third in program history, as well.
Hildenbrand isn’t done yet, as the BHS girls will appear in their third consecutive state tournament on Wednesday, but a big reason why is Hildenbrand’s play throughout the year. She leads the team in goals (17) and shares the lead in assists (nine). Her 56 career goals and 24 assists both sit second in program history since at least 2005.
The Bemidji boys finished out the year 13-3-1, and the girls are 13-5-1 going into the state tournament.