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After 80 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime, Keegan James, a heavy-legged sophomore from The Blake School, prepared to start the second overtime of Friday’s Class A boys soccer state championship at U.S. Bank Stadium. Instead of the typical pass to a nearby teammate or a chip into the opposing end for someone to run onto, James instead went straight for the win, and he converted.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a defensive stalemate throughout the entire first half of Tuesday’s Class A state semifinal game between unseeded Bemidji and No. 2 Academy of Holy Angels, the final 40 minutes were anything but that. Junior Silas Hess opened the scoring in the 44th minute, and Aidan Helwig added a pair of goals from there on the way to a 3-1 Lumberjacks win at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to advance to the Class A state championship.
For the first time in Bemidji High School history, the Section 8 section champion boys soccer team is headed to the Class A state semifinals and is guaranteed a top-four finish at the state tournament. Junior and leading scorer Silas Hess buried the lone goal of the Jacks quarterfinal game, leading Bemidji to a hardfought 1-0 upset victory over No. 3 Mahtomedi on Wednesday at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud.
The No. 1 Bemidji High School boys soccer team continued to capitalize on chances in Saturday’s Section 8A quarterfinal game against No. 5 Detroit Lakes, using six scorers to rack up seven goals against the Lakers at Chet Anderson Stadium Saturday, Oct. 13.
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. Despite the weather, everything seemed to click for the Lumberjacks (14-2-2), and a Linaes Whiting hat trick led them to a 7-0 Section 8A win Saturday over Detroit Lakes (7-9-1) at Chet Anderson Stadium.
BEMIDJI -- It took longer than she wanted, but Harper Toward returned to the soccer field Thursday night when the Lumberjacks took on Detroit Lakes. She picked the right game to return. After regulation ended with a 1-1 score, senior striker Isabelle Morin found Toward for a perfect through-pass for a breakaway and she didn’t miss her spot.
Maddie Herzog, a soon-to-be senior at Detroit Lakes High School, shot a 71 in the qualifying round of the women's regular division Monday morning to secure the top seed heading into match play. "It was just kind of all clicking yesterday," Herzog said. "I was hitting the ball very well and putting was just working for me."
After Bemidji forced a second championship game with a walkoff win on Sunday, Moorhead head coach Bryant Bergeson said the Blues hadn’t done enough to build on their lead when they had chances. They fixed that on Monday, jumping out to an 8-2 lead after four innings and taking the Minnesota Division I Substate American Legion title game 14-6 in Alexandria.
Bemidji's Otto Grimm hit a walkoff two-RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Moorhead to claim a 4-3 win Sunday in the first championship game of the Minnesota Division I Substate American Legion baseball tournament. The Blues scored two runs in the top off the first inning on three singles, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly, and they held onto the lead until Grimm stepped up to the plate in the ninth and found the right-center gap.
The Alexandria girls basketball team’s hopes for a state title came to an end Thursday with a 50-34 loss to Orono in the Class-3A State Tournament semifinals. The Section 8AAA champion Cardinals (26-5) held their own in the first half and went into the intermission losing by only a 24-20 deficit, but the Spartans came out strong after the break and outscored Alexandria 16-5 in the opening nine minutes of the second half and didn’t look back.