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It's been three weeks since the Bemidji State football team ended its regular season with a 76-13 rout of Minnesota Crookston. That gave the Beavers ample time to prepare for their second-ever trip to the Mineral Water Bowl. But it also left them feeling anxious in anticipation of their matchup with Washburn (Kan.) in today's game. The Beavers take on the Ichabods at noon today at Tiger Stadium in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
BEMIDJI—If there's one phrase that makes a goaltender cringe—aside, of course, from "good goal"—it's "hip injury." Jesse Wilkins has experienced two of those in his Bemidji State career. "The hips hurt," Wilkins said of the painful injury that kept him sidelined from the ice for nearly two seasons. "Especially trying to sprawl out for desperation saves, you need some healthy hips."
BEMIDJI—The Homark Homes Hardwood Showcase is even bigger this year. The second-annual high school basketball event at the Sanford Center will feature nine games with both boys and girls basketball teams from around the area. The event kicks off Friday at the Sanford Center with a 4 p.m. game between Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Sebeka and ends Saturday night with games between the Red Lake and Fosston boys and girls teams. Last year's event featured just six games.
BEMIDJI—When Bemidji State's quarterback starts yelling at his center (or vice versa), don't worry. It's not personal. It's just family. Jesse Hein, BSU's 6-foot-1, 305-pound starting center, snaps the ball to Jordan, BSU's junior quarterback, more than 60 times per game. It's a productive relationship—but they aren't always smiling. "Some people kinda laugh at us," said Jesse. "We disagree sometimes but it's just us communicating. People think we're fighting all the time but we're just trying to get things accomplished."
BEMIDJI -- The accolades keep rolling in as the Bemidji State men’s hockey team’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association unbeaten streak hits 12. After yet another series sweep -- this time against Northern Michigan at the Sanford Center -- the Beavers on Monday leaped from No. 13 to No. 10 in the USCHO.com weekly top 20 poll.
BEMIDJI -- The puck likely wouldn’t have gone in the net without a major assist from Minnesota State defenseman Clint Lewis, but Nate Arentz doesn’t care. During the overtime session of Bemidji State’s game in Mankato, the Bemidji State forward saw his excellent chance in front of Maverick goaltender Cole Huggins stymied by Lewis, who came in from behind Arentz and grabbed the senior forward as he attempted to shoot.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team’s first weekend “off” wasn’t exactly a breather. The Beavers hosted the Minnesota Whitecaps in a two-game exhibition series last weekend, dropping both games, 4-1 and 5-8.
The Bemidji State men's hockey team is now No. 13 in the USCHO.com poll. The Beavers tied and beat Minnesota State last weekend in Mankato and in the process jumped up from No. 15 in the poll, released Monday. The ranking is the Beavers' highest since 2010. The Beavers have reached as high as No. 4 in the poll, Dec. 12, 2009. BSU also made its debut in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll at No. 15—the first time it cracked that poll since 2010. The Beavers are 9-2-1 overall and 9-0-1- in the WCHA and host Northern Michigan this weekend.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji State's football season is not over. Despite being knocked out of playoff contention with three losses, the Beavers received a nice consolation prize on Sunday: A bid to the Mineral Water Bowl. BSU (8-3) will take on the Washburn University Ichabods on Saturday, Dec. 3, at noon in Excelsior Springs, Mo. The Beavers finished their regular season with a 76-13 rout of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday in Bemidji. The Ichabods went 7-4 and finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.