BEMIDJI – After nearly 25 years of teaching and coaching at the middle school and high school level, Mark Fodness is entering his first season as head coach of the Bemidji State women’s tennis team. The Beavers have won more than four matches in a season just one time in eight years, so Fodness knows it will take time to turn the program around. “The biggest thing I want to make sure we establish is a winning attitude,” Fodness said. “Even if we do not win many matches in the first year or two, I want a winning and competitive attitude.
BEMIDJI – Even though it did not have its best shooting night, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team defeated Southwest Minnesota State 72-57 Friday at the BSU gym. “We knew they were going to be a really good team,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said of SMSU. “They have all five starters returning from last year and have a conference tournament championship under their belt.
BEMIDJI – Erin Booth’s overtime goal propelled the Bemidji girls hockey team to a 2-1 win over Moorhead Tuesday at the Bemidji Community Arena. The win will be memorable for all five seniors – Booth included – as Tuesday’s game was the last regular season game in their high school careers. “All of our seniors have been big for us all season,” Bemidji head coach Bob Brink said. “It is pretty fitting that it was in overtime as well. Everyone chipped in and did an awesome job.
BEMIDJI - Despite a 3-for-12 shooting performance from Dermaine Crockrell, Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee trusted his senior when the team needed a shot. Crockrell missed a game-winner at the end of regulation, but connected on his floater over two defenders with 3.7 seconds remaining in overtime. Crockrell’s floater proved to be the game-winner as BSU prevailed with an exciting 76-75 win over MSU Moorhead at the BSU gym. “Coach believes in me, the guys believe in me, sometimes I just doubt myself, I guess,” Crockrell said. “You have to step up in that situation.
BEMIDJI - The Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan made its annual stop in Bemidji Monday at the High School. This year’s guests were current players Brian Duensing and Chris Parmelee plus former players Tom Brunansky and Dan Gladden. Gladden played with the Twins from 1987 to 1991 and has been the radio color commentator for the team since 2000. He is considered the “veteran” of caravan foursome that came to Bemidji. “It is an honor to keep getting asked to come back,” Gladden said.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State women’s track team is set to open its 2013 season this weekend when it will host the 24th Annual Super 8 Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center. The Beavers have an increase in numbers this year and will look to their depth to guide them this season. The BSU women currently have 40 members on this season’s roster. The Beavers had just 26 on last year’s squad. “We should have 30-plus girls on the team,” Bemidji State head coach Craig Hougen said.
BEMIDJI – A night after winning by two points, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team lost 64-62 to Wayne State Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. With the shot clock winding down and the score tied at 62 with 25 seconds left in the game, Michael Farrington knocked the ball away from LaTroy Wright and into the backcourt. Farrington dove for the ball, but Wright recovered and the 5-on-4 advantage led to a 3-point attempt for Ty Bauschek, who was fouled by Lance Rongstad on the shot.
MOORHEAD – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team lost its second game in as many nights Saturday, dropping an 82-48 decision at Minnesota State Moorhead. The loss is BSU’s sixth consecutive setback against the Dragons three of them coming last season. Consecutive baskets from Mason Walters and Dermaine Crockrell gave the Beavers a 12-8 lead after six minutes of action. The Dragons answered quickly with an 8-0 run to grab a 16-12 lead with 10:45 left in the first half. BSU bounced back to tie the game at 20-20 with five minutes remaining in the half.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team finished the calendar year on a good note, with a 73-63 win over Minot State Saturday at the BSU gym. “It is so nice. It makes Christmas so much more enjoyable,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said of the win. “I did not want our guys to have that negative feeling going into break.” BSU did the majority of its damage on offense from behind the 3-point line, shooting 14-33 from long distance.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team showed a dominant effort on defense in its 61-40 win over University of Mary Friday at the BSU gym. “We have been really good on that end the last three or four games now,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said. “I think we are starting to develop an identity that we are going to be good defensively on a daily basis. To play with the best teams, we have to be outstanding on defense.” BSU forced 18 turnovers and held U-Mary to just 27 percent shooting.