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BEMIDJI -- Spring games generally aren’t super-physical -- players and coaches usually don’t want to see anyone getting hurt. But the Bemidji State football team might take a slightly different philosophy when they play their annual Green and White spring game at 1 p.m. today at Chet Anderson Stadium.
BEMIDJI -- On the penultimate day of the college hockey season, members of the Bemidji State men’s hockey team got to take one final (metaphorical) victory lap for their successful 2016-17 campaign. Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer continued to rack up more awards, while senior forward Brendan Harms closed out his BSU career with one last one. On Friday, Bitzer was named a first-team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association while Harms won the 2017 Senior CLASS Award.
BEMIDJI—Tim Bellew will be glad to finally have a weekend off. Bemidji State's baseball coach has seen his team play almost non-stop since the season started in March. The Beavers made a long road trip, first to Missouri then Minneapolis, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas before Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play began. Since then, BSU has played nine conference doubleheaders in a two-and-a-half week span.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State baseball team was disappointed after Thursday’s home opener against Concordia-St. Paul. The Beavers scored just five runs over the course of those games and lost 6-3 and 13-2. On Saturday, BSU didn’t let that offensive slump continue.
When news that North Dakota was dropping its women’s hockey program was announced Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks, N.D., it hit the hockey community hard.
BEMIDJI -- The weather, much like Jess Yost’s game one pitching performance on Thursday afternoon, could be described in a word: Perfect. With temperatures in the mid-50s and sunny skies above her, Yost threw her first-ever perfect game in the opener of Bemidji State’s doubleheader against Minnesota Crookston. BSU won 8-0 in the five-inning first game and 3-1 in the nightcap as the Beavers swept the Golden Eagles in their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference openers for both teams.
BEMIDJI—A number of current, former and future Bemidji State women's hockey players have joined the U.S. women's national team's boycott of the upcoming women's World Championships, which start Thursday, March 30, in Plymouth, Mich. Former Beaver Stephanie Anderson, a member of Team USA's player pool, as well as current players Alexis Joyce and Emily Bergland, and incoming freshman Mak Langei, all said they would not be participating in the world championships. Team USA would be defending its gold medal from last season's world championships.
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.