If banners could talk, the BHS Gymnasium would have plenty to say.
Bemidji High School is full of championship banners that cover the walls and hang from the ceiling. They hold tales of heroic moments and unforgettable athletes, and they voice the accomplishments worthy of permanent recognition.
But 13 of the banners stand well above the others. Those 13 mark the school’s state championships, dressed proudly in first-place, Lumberjack blue.
Those teams all proved to be the greatest in all of Minnesota, but the question remains: Which is the best of the best?
All 13 champions have been seeded and paired, as have a “mythical” state champion football team and the next two most accomplished gridiron squads from before the advent of a state tournament. And now it’s time for you to decide.
Brush up on your history, weigh your options and cast your ballots to determine who advances, starting today, until an ultimate champion is crowned on Thursday, April 2. Each round opens at noon and will last 48 hours.