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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State basketball team hasn't played a Division I opponent since 2001. That year, the Beavers traveled to Minneapolis to take on instate foe Minnesota in an exhibition game. The Beavers fell to the Gophers 71-58, but it was a good learning experience for a team that would eventually make it to the NCAA Division II tournament that year. This season the Beavers get to play another Division I foe and while it may not have a big name like the Big Ten opponent in Minneapolis, they'll be taking on a perennial mid-major powerhouse.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji is one step closer to having an Indoor Football League franchise. Curtis Webb, Sanford Center executive director, said Thursday he couldn't divulge many details but there are people interested in starting a team. "Things are looking very positive," Webb said. "We're moving forward with one ownership group." Webb wasn't at liberty to discuss specifics but said the "ownership group" as of now is a single owner, although the person is looking for more interested parties.
BEMIDJI -- Jeff Tesch is ready to have some fun. One wouldn't think "fun" would be the operative term for Bemidji State's head coach entering the 2013 season. After all, the Beavers lost 3/4ths of their offense, including a record-setting dual threat quarterback, an All-American tight end, three linemen and an entire receiving corps. The Beavers finished 7-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last year and won a Northern Division title with that group. Thinking about replacing those players might give most coaches a massive summer-long headache.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is changing dramatically next season, losing six teams and adding six more. With that in mind, The Pioneer will be giving readers an in-depth look at the WCHA this summer so fans can familiarize themselves with the new members (and become reacquainted with the old ones) before the season begins in October. Our series continues this week in Michigan with the Ferris State Bulldogs.
BEMIDJI -- When members of the Bemidji State football team report back to campus today, they'll have a good idea of what is expected of them. After all, head coach Jeff Tesch, entering his 18th season at the helm for the Beavers, has been remarkably consistent since taking over head coaching duties in 1996 -- just three losing seasons in an 18-year span. The Beavers were picked to finish sixth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this season after finishing fifth in the league last year with a 7-4 record.
ADA -- The Bemidji Blue Ox amateur baseball team fell just short of making the Minnesota Class C state tournament. The Blue Ox, playing in the losers' bracket at the Region 10C tournament in Ada, couldn't contain the Moorhead offense and fell to the Bulldogs 9-2. The loss eliminates the Blue Ox from playoff contention; meanwhile Moorhead will join Roseau as Region 10C's representatives Aug. 15-18 in Maple Lake and Delano.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is changing dramatically next season, losing six teams and adding six more. With that in mind, The Pioneer will be giving readers an in-depth look at the WCHA this summer so fans can familiarize themselves with the new members (and become reacquainted with the old ones) before the season begins in October. Our series continues this week with the Bowling Green Falcons.
BEMIDJI -- Much like last season, the Bemidji State football team has something to prove this year -- at least, in the eyes of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference coaches. Conference coaches picked the Beavers to finish sixth overall in the 16-team conference and fourth in the NSIC Northern Division according to the preseason coaches poll released Tuesday. "In some ways I think it's a pretty fair assessment," BSU head coach Jeff Tesch said of the poll results. "Considering who we graduated and what we're returning on offense, we have a lot of unknowns."
ADA -- After one round of the Minnesota Baseball Association Region 10C tournament Saturday afternoon, both area teams still alive in playoff competition will be fighting off elimination. The Bemidji Blue Ox and Cass Lake Reds each dropped their first-round contests and will have to win losers bracket games today to avoid an early playoff exit. The Blue Ox fell to the Ada Athletics 12-4 Saturday afternoon while the Reds lost a close 3-2 game against the Crookston Reds earlier Saturday.
It was about halfway through his solo hike of the Superior Hiking Trail that Cody Bartz had his first major stumbling block. Literally. "At one point, my shoe just ripped apart," Bartz said. "I had these lightweight trail running shoes. I thought they would at least hold up for the trip." Naturally, the fact that the shoes -- which were almost new -- didn't hold up could have been disastrous. Bartz was hiking the 275-mile trail by himself; he had just more than 100 miles to go until reaching the end.