Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team stopped Crookston in its tracks Tuesday night, shutting the Pirates down in the second half to earn a 75-38 win at the BHS Gymnasium. The Lumberjacks (9-2) held a 36-23 halftime lead before holding the Pirates (6-6) to just 15 second-half points and shutting them out for nearly the final nine minutes.
BEMIDJI -- An undefeated run Saturday helped secure a fifth-place finish for the Bemidji High School wrestling team at the Rick Lee Lumberjack Duals. The Lumberjacks went 3-0 on the final day of the tournament with victories over Big Lake (27-25), Thief River Falls (45-21) and Grand Rapids (27-6) to finish at 5-1 overall as Pool B winners. “I think to finish fifth overall in this tournament and to be Pool B champions says a lot about our kids and their effort this weekend,” BHS head coach Rance Bahr said.
BEMDIJI -- The Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena wrestling team went 2-1 in Pool C to finish ninth overall at the Rick Lee Lumberjack Duals. The Bears defeated Brainerd 45-27 to start off Saturday before narrowly falling to Bloomington Kennedy 36-34. B/CL-B trailed 23-6 but mounted a comeback to win six of their final nine matches. Despite Chase Johnson winning the final match by pin at 285 pounds, ultimately the Bears came up just short.
BEMIDJI -- Wrestling fans packed the Sanford Center on Friday for the first day of the Rick Lee Lumberjack Duals. The tournament, now in its 30th year, relocated to the Sanford Center from its former home at Bemidji State’s John Glas Fieldhouse. “It’s a nice environment,” Bemidji High School sophomore wrestler Nate Golden said. “(There’s) more room. It’s a lot more fun, more intense.”
BEMIDJI -- The Rick Lee Lumberjack Duals will have a new home when wrestling begins Friday. The tournament, hosted by Bemidji High School since 1987, is setting up shop at the Sanford Center as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The change of venue has been two years in the making.
BEMIDJI -- After a slow start, the Bemidji High School boys hockey team scored five second-period goals on its way to a 7-0 win over Crookston on Tuesday night at the Bemidji Community Arena. The first period ended scoreless, though each team did have its share of power-play opportunities.
BEMIDJI -- An explosive second-half showing paced the Bemidji High School boys basketball team to a 69-51 win over Little Falls at the BHS Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. Playing their first game in more than two weeks, the Lumberjacks (7-1) shook off a little dust in the first half and then let their defense propel them to a dominant performance in the second.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Despite taking a 2-0 first-period lead, the Bemidji State men’s hockey team fell 4-2 to Bowling Green in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest on Friday night. The Falcons (11-12-2, 9-8-1-1 WCHA) scored four unanswered goals to earn the series split with the Beavers (15-8-3, 15-3-2-2 WCHA). Kyle Bauman and T.J. Roo gave BSU an early 2-0 lead with their first-period goals but the Falcons robbed the Beavers of their momentum with a goal late in the frame.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team held off Bowling Green in the final minutes to come away with a 2-1 road win on Thursday night. Dylan McCrory and Jay Dickman each scored for the No. 17 Beavers who improved to 15-7-3 overall and 15-2-2-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Dickman also recorded an assist to finish with two points. Goalie Michael Bitzer nearly pitched another shutout, holding the Falcons (10-12-2, 8-8-1-1 WCHA) scoreless for the first 56 minutes.
BEMIDJI -- The calendar hadn’t quite flipped to 2017 last Saturday night when the Bemidji State men’s hockey team clinched a Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff berth. A 1-0 win over Alaska Anchorage brought the Beavers to 14-7-3 overall and to 14-2-2-2 with 46 points in the league standings, giving BSU a 10-point lead over Michigan Tech for first place and securing a postseason appearance.