Who: Parents & Athletes Meeting
When: Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00 PM
Where: Lumberjack Room at BHS
What: Pre-seasonal/season information & discussion.
Questions: Contact Coach Nina Lubarski.
The Bemidji High School senior posted the best state finish for the boys Nordic skiing team in 22 years, finishing 14th at the state meet in Biwabik on Friday and leading the Lumberjacks to eighth place as a team.
“Oh boy, what an accomplishment,” BHS head coach Mark Walters said of Youso. “It says a lot about his dedication and his ability, for sure.”
Youso clocked in at 11:08.7 in the classic race and 10:00.8 in the skate race for a combined total of 21:09.5. He landed in 14th overall, which is the highest any Bemidji boy skier has finished at state since Justin Hayes was 10th in 1999.
As a team, the Jacks tallied 303 points to finish in the top half of the field. Their eighth-place showing is the best since the team was fourth in an eight-team field in 2007.
Bemidji High School skiers Mary Beth Mathews and Ella Simula capped an unusual season at the Girls Nordic Skiing State Meet on Thursday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Mathews, a junior, and Simula, a sophomore, qualified as individuals for the meet thanks to their times at last week’s Section 8 meet.
Competing in her third consecutive state meet, Mathews put together her best performance yet by finishing 49th with a combined time of 27:55. She clocked times of 15:19.5 in the classic race and 12:35.5 in the skate race. Mathews bettered her finishes of 134th as a freshman and 102nd as a sophomore last season.
Making her first state appearance, Simula placed 96th with a combined time of 29:42.7 following classic and skate times of 16:15.1 and 13:27.6, respectively.
The Bemidji boys will take to the Giants Ridge course as the Section 8 team champion on Friday, March 12, for the Boys Nordic Skiing State Meet. Skiing is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Logan Jensen helped make history for Bemidji on Tuesday, capturing the individual Section 8 crown while leading the Lumberjacks to their first title in 13 years. Jensen finished in first place with a time of 21:41.51, while the team tallied 385 points to beat Little Falls by 14. The victory also redeems a heartbreaker from a year ago, when BHS missed out on a state berth by a mere four-second tiebreaker that the Flyers claimed instead.
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