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BEMIDJI — What could the Bemidji State women’s hockey team possibly do for an encore? After the Beavers’ record-setting 20-14-15 season — 20-plus wins, a fifth-place WCHA finish and an appearance in the WCHA Final Faceoff title game — BSU opens the season this weekend with high expectations. However, head coach Jim Scanlan said he doesn’t want all the focus to be on last season. “Last year was last year,” he said Tuesday. “A lot of good things happened, and the biggest thing was it proved to them what they can do if they play for each other and play as a team.
BEMIDJI — Despite their first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association home playoff series ending in heartbreak at the hands of Ferris State last season, Bemidji State men’s hockey head coach Tom Serratore doesn’t like to think of that as motivation for the upcoming season. Instead, Serratore prefers to use a different term to describe how his Beaver team’s improvement from the past season — one of former BSU coaching legend Bob Peters’ favorite expressions. “I don’t like to use the word ‘motivation,’ because you better be motivated to play every game and every practice,” Serratore said, s
BEMIDJI — It seems Bemidji State and Winona State enjoy thrilling fans with wild, late-game heroics and insane catches. The last time the teams met, in 2013, the Beavers scored 27 unanswered points to give BSU a 34-27 overtime victory in Winona. On Saturday night at Chet Anderson Stadium, the Beavers again waited until the fourth quarter to really get going against the Warriors. But this time, it was the Warriors who prevailed, surviving after a back-and-forth tennis match in the second half and beating the Beavers 20-17. “I was real proud of our defense,” BSU head coach Jeff Tesch said.
BEMIDJI — Rachael Norton scored a pair of goals for the Bemidji State women’s soccer team Saturday afternoon, as the Beavers defeated the University of Mary 2-0 at Chet Anderson Stadium. Norton, a freshman, scored early to give the Beavers the lead in the fifth minute.
BEMIDJI — When Bemidji State and Winona State meet on the football field, there are few surprises. Even aside from the fact that the two have been members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for 83 years, BSU head coach Jeff Tesch and WSU coach Tom Sawyer are the longest-tenured coaches in the NSIC. Both started as head coaches at their respective institutions in 1996. “Its interesting that it’s been that long,” Tesch said of his relationship with Sawyer.
ST. CLOUD — The Bemidji State volleyball team dropped the first game of its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule, falling to St. Cloud State in four sets at Halenback Hall in St.
LITTLE FALLS — A pair of Bemidji Lumberjacks runners won individual titles at the Lucky Lindy Myron Ahle Invitational on Thursday night in Little Falls. Sadie Hamrin won the girls race and Caleb Appleton won the boys rice to lead the BHS cross country team. Hamrin paced the field in Little Falls with a time of 18 minutes, 40.7 seconds. “She ran a very nice race,” BHS head coach Ryan Aylesworth said. “She was very smooth the whole race. I’m proud of how she did.” Sarah Hamrin was Bemidji’s other top-25 finisher, with a time of 20:31.6.
BEMIDJI — After Jim Scanlan’s first season behind the bench for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team netted the program its best season in school history (and earned him some national coach of the year awards), the second-year bench boss knows the job gets harder the better his team does. “There’s a lot of excitement around the program after the year we had last year,” Scanlan said. “But the ladies realize none of that means anything when the puck drops.
BEMIDJI — Coming into the season Bemidji High School girls head swimming and diving coach Woody Leindecker figured that Grand Rapids would be the team to beat in Section 8A this season. The Thunderhawks and Lumberjacks usually swim against one another but this season, Grand Rapids has moved from Section 7A to Section 8A. After swimming against them on Tuesday afternoon, Leindecker said he thinks his initial assessment was correct — the Thunderhawks will be one of the best teams in Section 8A this season. “It’s nice to see Grand Rapids as newcomers to our section,” he said.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji State’s 2015-16 men’s basketball season will officially top off Nov. 13 against Northland College. BSU head coach Mike Boschee announced his team’s new schedule on Tuesday. The Beavers, who went 8-19 overall and 4-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last season, will play five nonconference games this season before beginning their 24-game NSIC schedule. One highlight for the Beavers this season will be the return of basketball at the Sanford Center. The Beavers will host NSIC rivals Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State on Jan. 9 and 10, 2016.