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 State women’s hockey team was picked to finish fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association by the league’s coaches when the 2018-19 preseason poll was released Tuesday. Three-time defending regular season champion Wisconsin edged reigning WCHA playoff winner Minnesota to claim the top spot in the poll. The Badgers and Gophers each collected 33 points, but UW held a 4-3 advantage in first-place votes.
BEMIDJI -- More than 120 of the state’s best senior golfers teed off Monday to commence the first round of the 97th Minnesota Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at Bemidji Town and Country Club. This week is a rare occasion for the club. The only other time it has hosted an MGA event was the 1999 Senior Amateur, according to the club’s head professional Rick Grand.
BEMIDJI -- There was no doubt Saturday afternoon that the Hub Cap would be staying in Bemidji. For the fifth straight season, the Bemidji State football team rolled their Highway 2 rivals from Minnesota Crookston for the 69-0 shutout victory. The last time the “Gang Green” defense had posted consecutive shutouts was during the 2004 season, and Saturday marked the fourth time BSU had accomplished the feat since 1950.
BEMIDJI -- Not many rushing units around college football have had the kind of start Bemidji State has had. Led by senior Andrew Lackowski and the triumvirate of redshirt freshman Jalen Frye and true freshmen Sage Booker and Sherrod Kpahn, the Beavers (2-0, 2-0 NSIC North) are up to third in the nation with 348 rushing yards per game.
BEMIDJI -- Despite surrendering two penalty kick goals in the final 11 minutes, the Bemidji State soccer team held on for the 3-2 win over St. Cloud State Friday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium. Senior forward Rachael Norton brought her season goal haul up to a team-high four with two tallies on the day, and senior forward Dani Nelson increased her season total to three with her second-half strike.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State’s Jared Henning found himself in select company Thursday. The junior quarterback was one of 22 players across college football named to the 2018 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. The designation celebrates Henning’s commitment to serving the Bemidji community.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team will be without starting quarterback Brandon Alt for this Saturday’s home game against Minnesota Crookston, and possibly longer. The redshirt freshman left last Saturday’s 66-0 road win over University of Mary late in the second quarter due to a knee injury.
BEMIDJI -- The howling wind at Bemidji Town and Country Club could not stop Matt Gregg. The Bemidji State men’s golfer won the team’s BSU Invitational when the final round of the two-day tournament concluded Tuesday afternoon.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State volleyball team came out firing on all cylinders in its home opener Saturday afternoon. Despite playing without a natural setter, BSU nearly upended St. Cloud State, only to come up short in five sets (25-10, 14-25, 27-25, 15-25, 13-15). Sophomore Anna Averkamp led the Beavers (3-7, 0-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) with 13 kills with junior Julie Touchett and sophomore Becka Cronin adding 10 each.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team will easily recognize the face gazing at them from the opposing sideline Saturday afternoon in Bismarck, N.D. For the first time, the Beavers will encounter their former offensive coordinator Craig Bagnell as they take on the University of Mary at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.