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 -- Bemidji High School has its new volleyball head coach, and it didn’t have to look far. Alicia Kriens has been hired to coach the Lumberjacks, the school announced Friday. Kriens is entering her 13th season as a coach in the Bemidji volleyball community, with experience ranging from the Junior Olympic program to BHS, where she has been an assistant coach for the last four seasons.
BEMIDJI -- It took almost three hours, but after 12 innings and 36 combined hits, Brooke Phillips connected for the walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning to earn the 7-6 victory Thursday and split the doubleheader with Minnesota Crookston at Chet Anderson Stadium.
BEMIDJI -- For the second year in a row, the “Gang Green” defense stood tough and bested their offensive counterparts as Team Green prevailed 32-31 over Team White to win the Bemidji State football program’s Annual Green and White Spring Game Sunday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium. Defensive backs John Vogeler and Jake West each came away with an interception to help provide Team Green (BSU’s defense) with the edge on the scoreboard.
BLACKDUCK -- The Blackduck High School football team is appealing to the Minnesota State High School League to let the program move to 9-man football beginning with the 2019 season. Drakes head coach Daniel Hangaard said the change from 11-man football to the 9-man game would benefit the program. Blackduck fielded a varsity roster of 25 players last fall, which made it difficult to schedule many junior varsity games.
BEMIDJI -- The 2018 spring sports season has been missing something. Namely spring. That has left the Bemidji State baseball and softball fields looking awfully lonely, and snow-covered, in recent weeks. So far the BSU programs have each had eight contests cancelled this season, and neither Beaver team has played a home game.
EDMONTON, Alta. -- The big moment finally arrived for Zach Whitecloud. The former Bemidji State defenseman made his NHL debut Thursday night for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta. The rookie told media Thursday afternoon that he had received word the previous day that he would make his first appearance in the lineup.
Former Bemidji State defenseman Zach Whitecloud will make his NHL debut tonight for the Vegas Golden Knights in an 8 p.m. game at Edmonton, the rookie told media Thursday afternoon. The Brandon, Man. native signed a three-year, entry level contract with Vegas on March 8, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. He has been practicing with the Golden Knights since then, but had yet to crack the lineup until Thursday.
RED LAKE—Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, continuing the same regulation that was in place this past winter and the previous 2017 open water season, according to a Minnesota DNR release.
BEMIDJI -- While the weather outside is still not cooperating, area high school track and field teams managed to compete indoors Tuesday at the Little Amik meet inside Bemidji State’s Gillett Wellness Center. For many teams, including Northome/Kelliher/Blackduck, Tuesday was the first taste of competitive track and field they’ve had this season.
BEMIDJI -- Spring is a time for renewal. That’s also for the case for the Bemidji State football team, which will work to incorporate a host of new faces into the program during spring practices. The weather for the first practice Thursday may have been a bit chilly, but that didn’t faze John Vogeler and the Beavers.