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.
JD Bitter walked off his line by himself and for the final time. Kolden Michalicek held his hands on his head in disbelief. And the rest of the Bemidji High School boys soccer team consoled one another while St. Cloud Tech celebrated a Section 8A championship beside them with a 3-2 win.
The Lumberjacks faced an unfamiliar fate on Thursday in Brainerd. For the first time in four years, BHS didn’t win another section title to add to its trophy case.
The Bemidji High School boys soccer team won a championship on Tuesday night, beating Alexandria 6-0 at Chet Anderson Stadium.
But, admittedly, an 8A North Subsection title doesn’t do much for the Lumberjacks. The three-time defending champions of Section 8A are now one win away from a fourth straight state berth, and only St. Cloud Tech stands in their way.
The Tigers will come in at 14-2-1 after running through the South half of the Section 8A Tournament as its top seed. Tech is also ranked No. 2 in the latest QRF rankings, whereas Bemidji (13-2-1) sits tied for sixth.
Thursday’s meeting will be a rare matchup of defending section champions, as well, as the Tigers won the 8AA tournament in 2018 before dropping down to Class A for 2019 and 2020.
Thursday’s section title bout will start at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Brainerd High School.