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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.
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 re-acquainted with the old ones) before the season begins in October. Our series continues this week with the new team from the Last Frontier: The Alaska Nanooks.
BEMIDJI -- When the Bemidji State women's soccer team returns for its 2013 season opener Sept. 5 against Missouri Western, head coach Jim Stone thinks the Beavers will come back better-prepared, physically and mentally, for the rigors of the upcoming season. And maybe the Beavers will have picked up a little Spanish along the way. Starting Tuesday, BSU soccer team will embark on its first-ever foreign trip when they'll travel to Costa Rica for eight days.
BEMIDJI -- By the time he won the 2013 Birchmont Men's Championship final, Bill Carlson was exhausted. The Fargo native and North Dakota State junior golfer defeated Andover resident and future Bemidji State golfer A.J. Oster 1-up to claim his first-ever Birchmont title Saturday afternoon at Bemidji Town and Country Club. "I felt like I was under stress for 10 hours today," Carlson said. "It will be nice to sit down."
PERHAM -- Despite an early loss, the Bemidji VFW baseball team is still alive in the Minnesota District 9 tournament. After receiving a bye in the tournament, the No. 2 seeded VFW squad fell to third-seeded Fergus Falls 9-5 Friday morning. The loss dropped Bemidji to the consolation bracket in the double-elimination tournament. That meant the VFW had to play Thief River Falls later Friday to stay alive.