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BEMIDJI — There were no surprises at the BSU Gymnasium on Thursday night, as No. 2 seed Red Lake beat No. 7 Mahnomen 87-37, followed by a No. 3 Clearbrook-Gonvick’s 59-28 victory over No. 7 Lake of the Woods in the opening round of the Section 8A East Tournament. The two winning teams, Red Lake and Clearbrook-Gonvick, face off at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. Desjarlait, White lead Red Lake
MORRIS — Wyatt Yartz’s will compete in four events at the Minnesota swimming state tournament next weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Bemidji boys swimming team competed in the Section 5A Tournament in Morris on Friday and Saturday. “They swam well (Friday),” BHS head coach Kristen McRae said. “They turned a lot of heads.” Out of 31 Bemidji swims on Friday, 29 of them resulted in new personal records for the swimmers.
BEMIDJI — Rumer Flatness’s 26 points weren’t enough to keep up with Moorhead, as the Spuds topped the Lumberjacks 84-64 Friday at Bemidji High School. The loss brings Bemidji’s final regular season record to 3-17, while Moorhead ended up 14-12. Brooke Tonsfeldt and Emily Leier combined for 16 of the Spuds first 22 points to grab their first double-digit lead midway through the first half. From there, Moorhead slowly kept pulling away until the half ended at 43-25.
BEMIDJI — Seventh-seeded Mahnomen put up a good fight Thursday, but ultimately the talent of No. 2 Cass Lake-Bena took over and won the quarterfinal matchup 76-66 at Bemidji High School. “At the beginning of the game, I told the kids not to relax,” CL-B coach Alvin Wind said. “Because tournament time, you know, teams come to play.”
MANKATO — The Bemidji State women’s hockey team clinched third place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association when North Dakota lost to Ohio State, but the Beavers picked up a 3-1 win over Minnesota State anyway. The Beavers’ third-place finish is the best in program history.
BLACKDUCK — Junior guard Grace White led Red Lake with 22 points Thursday in the Warriors’ big 84-35 win over Blackduck at Blackduck High School. “I liked how we started the first half,” Red Lake head coach Randy Holthusen said. “We ended the half strong, shared the basketball pretty well and good team defense. That’s what got us the win tonight.” White had 19 points in the first half alone, while Sam Ray added 10 of her 16 points by the intermission as well. The Warriors (18-3) had a 63-21 lead at the half, and continued to stretch it out after the break.
BEMIDJI — Sophomore Linaes Whiting and senior Josh Cervenka combined for 49 points in Bemidji’s final regular-season home game Saturday at Bemidji High School. In a battle of the Lumberjacks, Bemidji (11-12) easily handed the Cloquet Lumberjacks (7-16) an 86-55 beating. “It was a fun way to end our regular season home stretch,” BHS head coach Travis Peterson said. “A good way to end it for our seniors especially: Josh Cervenka, Jens Huseby, Charlie Peterson. It was likely their final game on this court in their high school career.”
DETROIT LAKES — Rumer Flatness had 20 points and 17 rebounds Friday night, but the Lumberjacks ultimately fell 63-58 to Detroit Lakes. “We played really well,” BHS head coach Larry Dahl said. “DL is a very good basketball team.” The Jacks (5-15) dug themselves a hole in the first half. The Lakers’ Grace Swenson scored 16 of her 20 points in the first 18 minutes helping Detroit Lakes (13-8) to a 39-28 lead going into the break. But Flatness and the rest of the team shrunk the Laker lead in the second half, holding them to 24 points and scoring 30 of their own.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji boys basketball team moved to 10-12 after a close 56-54 win over St. Cloud Tech on Friday night. Caden Rolfes led Bemidji with 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals in what head coach Travis Peterson said was their biggest win of the year. “It was our best performance of the season,” Peterson said. Nate Snell led the team in scoring after the first half, tallying 7 of the Jacks’ 26 points to give them a one-point lead at the intermission.
JOPLIN, Mo.— The Bemidji State baseball team lost both games in a doubleheader against Missouri Southern State to open the season Friday afternoon. The Beavers kept it close in the opener, a pitching duel that ended 1-0, before faltering and dropping the second game 15-3. Terry Hadden got the loss on the mound for the Beavers in game one, but he put up good numbers. He struck out six, walked three and gave up one run on two hits through seven and two-thirds innings.