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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team doesn't want a repeat of last Thursday's season opener against Winona State. In that game the Beavers needed to score 31 unanswered points to knock off the Warriors 31-27 in overtime. For tonight's home opener against Concordia-St. Paul, Bemidji State head coach Jeff Tesch would prefer to play from ahead and not from behind. "We're going to have to play a lot better if we want to win more games," Tesch said. "We can't get that far behind and expect to win. But I liked how we got better as the game went in Winona."
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team was down by three touchdowns with under a quarter -- 11 minutes, exactly -- left to play. Game over, right? Not so fast. The Beavers forced two turnovers for touchdowns -- an interception and a fumble recovery -- then scored with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie the game before eventually winning in overtime, 34-27. The quarterback for that fateful fourth quarter was redshirt freshman Ryan Shields, who had come in as a backup to senior Alex Hass.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Bemidji High School girls and boys cross country teams each finished in the top five of their respective races at the Little Falls. The Lumberjacks boys team took second out of 19 teams and the girls team took fifth out of 18 Thursday afternoon. The boys team scored 107 points to Perham's 57 to notch second place. Bemidji's Sam Carlson took second overall in the race with a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds.
BEMIDJI -- In Bemidji State's season opener last Friday against Missouri Western, the Beavers showed off their depth in a 2-0 win. In that game, BSU saw a game-winning goal from a defender and a goal and an assist from two freshmen to come away with a victory. If Wednesday's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener against Minnesota Crookston is any indication, BSU's depth from upperclassmen to freshman will pay off big time this year.
BEMIDJI -- When Maea Wall and Rachel Bitter are locked in, the Bemidji Lumberjacks are tough to stop. The Walker-Hackensack-Ackley/Cass Lake-Bena Wolves found that out the hard way Tuesday evening at the Bemidji Middle School soccer field. Wall scored four times and Bitter had four assists -- including two Bitter-to-Wall scores -- as the Lumberjacks eased their way past the Wolves 7-0. "They were really working together well today," BHS head coach Kelly Schoonover said. "Rachel was just spot on for all of her assists tonight."
DETROIT LAKES -- The Bemidji High School girls tennis team improved its record to 7-1 in dual meets with a sweep of East Grand Forks and Detroit Lakes Tuesday afternoon. "I thought we played some of our best tennis today," Lumberjacks head coach Mark Fodness said. "Our doubles teams especially really moved well and controlled play on the courts throughout the day. This was a big step for us. If we can keep up our aggressive play at the net it will really pay off in some of our close matches."
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls swimming and diving team took second place in their own invitational Saturday afternoon at BHS. The Lumberjacks took second place with 383 points. Willmar won the first-place title in the 11-team swim meet with a score of 301. Grand Forks Central, Hibbing and Detroit Lakes rounded out the top five.
ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud Cathedral scored two early goals and Bemidji never recovered, losing 2-1 in girls soccer action Saturday afternoon in St. Cloud. "We started off slow and sluggish and let them get a few early goals," BHS head coach Kelly Schoonover said. "We were playing from behind almost immediately." The Crusaders (4-1) got on the board first with a goal in the 9th minute. Maura Joul scored off a corner kick with an assist from Ellie Engel to go up 1-0. Later in the half, the Crusaders struck again.
ST. LOUIS -- The Bemidji State volleyball team finished the Maryville Tournament Saturday with an overall record of 2-2. The Beavers lost to hosts Maryville 3-1, but rebounded to sweep St. Ambrose 3-0. Against Maryville, BSU won the first game but lost the next three for a final line of 25-27, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22. BSU had jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead in the first set against the Saints and the teams went back-and-forth until BSU pulled out the 27-25 win.
BEMIDJI -- Abagail Nyquist won't easily forget the first-ever soccer game at Chet Anderson Stadium. The sophomore defender scored the very first goal on the newly installed FieldTurf surface, added an assist and helped play lockdown defense to help the Beavers top Missouri Western State with a 2-0 shutout in front of freshman goalkeeper Amanda Garvin Friday night, in the season opener for both teams.