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BEMIDJI — A rain-drenched Chet Anderson Stadium wasn’t the ideal setting for the first game of Bemidji State’s 90th season of football. The final score wasn’t ideal, either. Augustana took advantage of a couple of BSU special teams miscues to beat the Beavers 35-14 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener for both teams Saturday night at Chet Anderson Stadium. “You’re not going to win a game giving up 21 points on special teams,” BSU head coach Jeff Tesch. “That was probably the game right there.
BEMIDJI — After a long offseason and preseason training camp, the Bemidji State football team hits the field for its home opener tonight a more confident bunch than it was last season — especially on the offensive side of the ball, where 10 starters return from a group that flashed promise yet finished 3-8 overall for a second consecutive year. Despite that, when the Beavers kick off against Augustana tonight at 6 p.m.
COLLEGEVILLE — Logan Hatfield bulldozed the St. Cloud Tech defense for 249 yards and four touchdowns as the Bemidji High School football team rallied to beat the Tigers 42-28 Friday night at Clemens Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University. Hatfield’s big night was just part of a good night running the ball for the Lumberjacks (2-1), who had 447 total yards on the ground. Hatfield lit up the St. Cloud Tech (1-2) defense with 249 yards on 26 carries.
BEMIDJI — Nerves, some adrenaline and a little bit of luck got Anna Fobbe through her first-ever college soccer game. The freshman Bemidji State goalkeeper made just one save in the Beavers’ game against Minnesota Crookston on Thursday night at Chet Anderson Stadium, when she punched the ball away following a dangerous UMC corner kick. “That got the adrenaline going, for sure,” Fobbe said. “Then I think I rolled my ankle on another play.... that was painful.
BEMIDJI — In their first dual meet of the season, the Bemidji High School girls swimming and diving team saw some improvement in the pool from its season-opening invitational this past weekend at Willmar. However, a deep Brainerd team, combined with an equipment malfunction, led to a 113-70 Brainerd victory Tuesday night at the BHS pool. “They were a bit deeper than us today, and that was the difference,” BHS head coach Woody Leindecker said. The Lumberjacks had some good times in the meet, especially in the freestyle events, where senior Libby McRae led the way with a win in the 200 (with
BEMIDJI — In April 2005, Gary Zerott had a choice to make: Did he want to watch the NCAA Final Four championship basketball game on TV, or did he want to go to this new trivia night at what was then known as Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub? Despite the lure of beer with friends Keith Marek and Brian St. Martin, Zerott chose the former — North Carolina beat Illinois in the title game. “I’d had a rough weekend and I wanted to watch the game,” he said.
BEMIDJI — If Rich Jahner were to place a want ad sign in his office window at Gillet Fitness and Recreation Center, it might read as such: “Defensive back needed. No experience necessary.
BEMIDJI — Consistency is usually a great thing in the sports world. Especially if it’s meant multiple winning seasons and playoff appearances. The Bemidji State women’s soccer team has been the definition of “consistent” in the last five years. The Beavers have finished in the top half of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings every year, have not finished below .500 in 10 years and haven’t missed the conference tournament since 2008. All things considered, it’s been a good run for head coach Jim Stone’s team. But this year, the Beavers want to go deeper into the postseason.
BEMIDJI — Only two years removed from his Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference playing days at the University of Mary, Craig Bagnell could easily be mistaken for one of his Bemidji State players. In all likelihood Bagnell, 25, could come in and take some snaps for the Beaver football team without being behind a step. After all, a few current BSU players that were on the team when Bagnell last suited up for U-Mary against the Beavers in 2013. “It’s kinda funny, a few of the older guys have joked with me about it this year,” Bagnell said with a smile.
BEMIDJI — It’s been less than a week, but the members of the Bemidji State women’s cross country team are already seeing a difference with new coach Kevin Kean. “It’s been an adjustment for sure, but it’s been good,” senior Nicole Crummy said. “There’s a little bit more grass training than in the past, we haven’t done that much. And we’re trying to be more flexible and take better care of our shins to avoid injury.” Kean, BSU’s first-year head coach, took over for longtime Beavers head coach Craig Hougen this summer.