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BEMIDJI -- Seedings for the boys and girls soccer Class A state tournaments were released Saturday morning, and both Bemidji High School teams will head to Prior Lake as one of three unseeded teams taking on the No. 3 seed in their respective brackets. The boys start their second straight state appearance with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff against No. 3 Austin (17-0-2), which is one of two undefeated teams left in Class A, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Prior Lake High School.
ST. CLOUD -- With a 1-0 deficit and the clock winding down, senior Annah Schussman wasn’t ready for the season to end. Unexpectedly, in the 68th minute, she lined up a shot 45 yards away from goal and tied the game with a snipe off the crossbar and in.
CLOUD -- The Bemidji High School boys soccer team is bound for the Class A state tournament for the second straight year after defeating St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 8A championship Thursday at Husky Stadium at St. Cloud State. “It feels great. For the second straight year,” sophomore Silas Hess said between incredulous pauses. Bemidji dominated the first half and had two goals to show for it heading into the break.
BEMIDJI -- The only team standing between the Bemidji High School boys soccer team and its second straight Section 8A title is St. Cloud Cathedral, the only single-A opponent the Jacks didn’t beat this season. But Bemidji (15-2-2) isn’t considered an underdog going in. Both teams are the top seed in their respective subsection, and the Lumberjacks are No. 5 in the QRF rankings according to Minnesota-Scores.net, seven places higher than the No. 12 Crusaders (16-3).
BEMIDJI -- The defense had its work cut out for it Wednesday night against St. Cloud Tech and, other than the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage, the Lumberjacks couldn’t keep them from advancing up and down the Chet Anderson Stadium turf. Other than a fumble lost to Bemidji on the first play of the game, the momentum was all on Tech’s side. The Tigers scored on their next seven drives and ran away with a 49-7 win.
BEMIDJI -- One more week remains in the high school football regular season, and the Lumberjacks will wrap theirs up at home when they host St. Cloud Tech at 7 tonight at Chet Anderson Stadium. The Tigers are coming to town with a 5-2 record, coming off two straight wins over Sauk Rapids-Rice (34-6) two weeks ago and Princeton (47-16) last Friday. Through the first seven weeks, they’ve averaged nearly 36 points per game and allowed 14 points per game.
BEMIDJI -- There was some frantic play on the Bemidji end of the field during parts of Tuesday night’s Section 8A semifinal game against Sartell-St. Stephen at Chet Anderson Stadium, but the Lumberjacks pulled off a 3-1 win to advance to the final. “It means a lot. It’s awesome,” BHS senior keeper Adam Laakso said. “We played as a team, and with one of our back line being out, it’s huge that we came up and stepped up and had a new player fill that position and we still played to the best of our ability.”
BEMIDJI -- The Section 8A girls soccer bracket has yet to show an upset, including Saturday night’s matchup between the north’s No. 2 Bemidji and No. 3 Detroit Lakes, which ended 3-0 in the Lumberjacks’ favor. The Jacks (11-5) will, however, need an upset to get past their semifinal opponent, the south’s top-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen, in order to punch a ticket to the section finals.
BEMIDJI -- Enduring chilly temperatures, a non-stop drizzling rain, slick turf and a slippery ball, the Bemidji High School boys soccer team still got it done.
BEMIDJI -- Whether it’s Alec White up the gut, Calvin Faust turning the corner or someone else, the Bemidji High School football team’s triple option offense takes what the defense gives them. On Friday night, Sartell-St. Stephen gave them the quarterback keeper, and junior quarterback Jacob Beberg rushed 14 times for 203 yards and a touchdown Friday night, leading the Jacks to a 34-14 win.