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BEMIDJI — It’s gut-check time for the Bemidji High School football team. The Lumberjacks kick off their postseason push tonight, when they will host St. Cloud Apollo in a MSHSL Section 8-5A playoff game at 7 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium. And although Bemidji, which finished 5-3 in the regular season, didn’t earn a first-round bye like it did last year, the Lumberjacks still have the potential to do some damage in the playoffs. BHS lost to the teams seeded No. 1 (Moorhead) and No. 2 (Alexandria), but they are a strong No.
The Kelliher-Northome football team dominated in the regular season to escape unbeaten. And once again, the Mustangs are one of the top seeds in their MSHSL 9-man section tournament playoffs,...
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State’s season opener was worth the wait. A day after their originally scheduled season opener against No. 2 Minnesota Duluth was postponed due to a power outage at UMD’s Amsoil Arena, the teams returned to Bemidji for the second leg of the home-and-home Saturday night. And the Beavers were glad to kick things off at the very electric Sanford Center.
CROOKSTON — A good start may be all the Bemidji State football team needs to win games. During Saturday’s game against Minnesota Crookston, the Beavers started the game by forcing a fumble then scoring two plays later. That turned out to be just the kickstart the Beavers needed, as they beat the Golden Eagles 41-7 to win back the Hubcap Trophy. The Beavers, now 3-3 overall and 2-0 in NSIC North play, scored 21 points in the first quarter and led 34-0 at halftime. Both BSU’s offense and defense were clicking. The Beavers ran over, around and through the Golden Eagles defense, torching UMC
FARGO — A pair of solid dual meet wins the Bemidji High School girls tennis team a spot in the Section 8AA semifinals. The second-seeded Lumberjacks blanked seventh-seeded Detroit Lakes 7-0 in the first round before topping third-seeded Brainerd 5-2 in the second round on Friday at Courts Plus Community Fitness in Fargo. BHS head coach Mark Fodness said beating Brainerd by such a lopsided score was a shock. “I was really proud of the way our girls played against Brainerd today,” Fodness said.
BEMIDJI — The Hubcap Trophy didn’t used to matter much to Jeff Tesch and the Bemidji State football team. The trophy, awarded to the winner of the Beavers’ game against U.S. Highway 2 rival Minnesota Crookston, was introduced in 2004. For the first five years of the trophy’s existence, the Beavers kept it in Bemidji. But in 2013, the Beavers traveled to Crookston and lost the trophy for the first time — an ugly 16-14 UMC win played in the mud and rain. That loss reinvigorated the rivalry for the Beavers — one that continues at 1 p.m.
BEMIDJI — He’s just a sophomore, but Brett Beauvais, by default, is a grizzled veteran in terms of the Bemidji State men’s hockey defensive core. Of BSU’s eight blueliners this season, four are true freshman who haven’t played an official college hockey game (Dillon Eichstadt, Dan Billett, Ian Janco and Justin Baudry).
BEMIDJI — As she begins her fifth season as a member of the Bemidji State women’s hockey team, Whitney Wivoda isn’t taking her final season for granted. “I’m just going to try and play my hardest every game, because I think I only have about 32 games left until it’s over,” the senior winger said. “Guaranteed ones, at least. Hopefully we get more. But I’m just going to try and skate hard every game and as far as points and my line producing, the rest will work itself out.” The Beavers (3-0-1), still No.
BEMIDJI -- College hockey exhibition games are often about getting freshmen indoctrinated into the speed and physicality of the game -- to give them a chance to get used to the transition from juniors to the NCAA. Bemidji State’s lineup on Sunday afternoon delivered on that promise. With all eight freshmen dressed and in BSU’s lineup against the University of Manitoba, three of them scored to help the Beavers to a 6-1 victory Sunday at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State football team has been known to start slow and stall out on offensive drives earlier this season. It’s part of the reason why the Beavers were winless for their first three games. Saturday’s homecoming game against the University of Mary was a different story. BSU scored three times in its first three possessions and rode the positive opening momentum to a 39-7 victory over the Marauders at Chet Anderson Stadium. “We just attacked them with our tempo stuff,” BSU running back Tahi Nomane said.