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CHAMPLIN PARK — The BHS softball team couldn’t overcome a dominant pitching performance in a loss to Champlin Park. Champlin’s Olivia Leabo struck out 10 Lumberjack hitters and allowed just three hits in a 4-0 win over Bemidji. “We played a good team and played well, they just had a really solid pitcher,” BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. “It wasn’t that she was overpowering, but that changeup she threw kept us off balance all day.” Elli Hanson had two hits and Heather Olson had one to complete Bemidji’s offensive output.
MOORHEAD —The Bemidji State softball team ended its 2016 regular season by sweeping Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday. The Beavers (31-17, 14-11 NSIC) end the regular season with a program-best 31 wins and are eighth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings. BSU won game one 3-1 in game one and 2-0 in game two. In the opener, a two-run home run by Jessica Yost broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning and provided the Beavers with the go ahead runs they would need to down the Dragons 3-1 in game one.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State baseball team learned an important lesson about Alex Wojciechowski and the rest of Minnesota Duluth’s powerful lineup on Friday. “We have to be smarter than to continually give a guy, or give a lineup in general, a fastball from the mid-thigh to the belly-button,” BSU head coach Tim Bellew said. “Those balls were just getting tagged. You might get away with a few, but with (Wojciechowski), you’re getting away with almost none.”
COON RAPIDS — Early errors by the Bemidji High School softball team put the Lumberjacks in an early 4-1 hole that they couldn’t dig themselves out of. The result was a 6-3 loss to Coon Rapids on Friday afternoon. “We spotted them five runs and ended up losing 6-3,” BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. “We just can’t make plays right now. We’ll figure it out eventually, but it’s tough now.” BHS (0-3) scored a run in the top of the first, but the Lumberjacks dropped a pair of fly balls with the bases loaded in the first inning. That gave Coon Rapids (1-3) a 4-1 lead.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State baseball team had played 30 road games coming into Wednesday’s home openers against Minnesota Crookston. But the Beavers’ homecoming didn’t go quite as planned. BSU dropped game one 4-1 before losing the second game 12-5 in their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader. “We got outplayed,” BSU head coach Tim Bellew said. “That’s a tough pill to swallow when you’ve played 30 games on the road. You want to be a little hungrier when you get home, but we just got outplayed.
BEMIDJI — Kevin Ulmer knows he has some homework to do this summer. After all, Bemidji State’s new head volleyball coach knows he can’t simply waltz into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and expect to rebuild a program without first knowing how good his opposition is.
BEMIDJI — Possible bad weather around the state of Minnesota is once again forcing changes to the Bemidji State softball and baseball schedules. Both Beaver teams, who were scheduled to play Saturday and Sunday, will now be playing their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheaders Sunday and Monday. And they’ll be doing so in opposite regions of the state. The possibility of snow in the Bemidji area Friday night and this morning meant that the softball team’s home games were changed.
BEMIDJI — The 2016 softball season is already starting to feel like a special one for Bemidji State. The Beavers are off to their best start in more than 15 years, and Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of the University of Mary demonstrated why.
Longtime college hockey referee Oliver "Butch" Mousseau, who suffered a head injury at the WCHA Final Five last weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich., has died, WCHA officials confirmed Friday in a press release. Mousseau, 48, sustained his injury March 18 during warmups before the Ferris State-Michigan Tech semifinal game. Members of the college hockey community were stunned at the news, including Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State softball team is off to its best start in more than 10 years. The Beavers started this season hot and are just one more win from surpassing last year’s total of 18 victories — the most since winning 25 games in 1998. “We’re well ahead of where we were last year,” BSU head coach Rick Supinski said. “We have a great team that’s really cohesive and they really believe in the process of what we’re building here. We have some experience and we also have some great freshmen who are contributing. It’s been a great atmosphere to this team.”