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ST. PAUL -- Red Lake and Central Minnesota Christian reported to Concordia University’s Gangelhoff Center bright and early Saturday morning for their 8 a.m. tip-off. It wasn’t exactly the ideal time for a consolation bracket title game. “We’re not really a morning team,” Red Lake senior guard Jamie Cook said. Maybe not. But the Warriors were certainly awake when it counted -- in the clutch.
PAUL -- During the regular season, Nevis beat Red Lake twice, helping the Tigers win the Northland Conference title with a perfect 12-0 record. On Friday afternoon, the Warriors finally beat the Tigers when it counted: An elimination game at the state tournament. Red Lake rallied from a five-point halftime deficit and hung on down the stretch to beat Nevis, 52-43, in their Class A state consolation semifinal game at Concordia University-St. Paul.
Bemidji State goaltender Michael Bitzer is a finalist for another major award. Bitzer was announced as one of 10 Hobey Baker Award finalists last week and now the junior from Moorhead was named one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding netminder in men’s Division I hockey. Bitzer put up impressive credentials to that end.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Lake wasn’t surprised by Minneapolis North’s fast start in their Class A quarterfinal game Thursday at Williams Arena. After all, the Polars are the top seed, the defending state champs and averaged more than 100 points-per-game during their section tournament run. No, what surprised the Warriors early was their own inability to hang onto the ball or make shots.
RED LAKE -- When Red Lake played Minneapolis North last year in the Class A state semifinals at Target Center, the Polars beat the Warriors 82-61 on their way to a state championship. Red Lake went on to finish fourth overall, their highest-ever finish at state.
RED LAKE—The line to buy shirts at N8tive De$ignz swelled at about 10 a.m. Wednesday "This is by far our busiest day," said Mia Long, the student manager for Red Lake High School's student-run T-shirt business. "It's been pretty crazy here." The storefront—a couple of cafeteria tables with 15 different shirt designs in Red Lake colors—is set up right in front of the Red Lake gym.
BEMIDJI -- Football season is almost here. Really. The Bemidji State football team is scheduled to begin its spring football season today with a 4 p.m. practice at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Red Lake once again finds Minneapolis North in its path for next week's Class A boys basketball state tournament. The Warriors, fresh off their 71-60 win over Stephen-Argyle for their fourth-straight Section 8A title on Friday, found out on Saturday they would be getting a rematch with the defending Class A champions in the quarterfinals. The unseeded Warriors will take on the top-seeded Polars at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s hockey team left some business unfinished in 2016-17. The Beavers went 22-16-3, won the Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship, took home the MacNaughton Cup and got all the way to the WCHA semifinals before losing to Bowling Green. They fell short of two other goals -- taking home a Broadmoor Trophy by winning the WCHA tournament and making an NCAA tournament berth.
BEMIDJI -- The accolades keep rolling in for Bemidji State goaltender Michael Bitzer. A day after being named the overall Player of the Year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Bitzer received more good news on Wednesday. The junior from Moorhead was named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the best player in college hockey.