Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.
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Flyers shooting for development BAGLEY -- The Bagley boys and girls golf teams will have a pair of all-conference golfers to lead the way for the Flyers this season. Senior Jarret Merschman and junior Griffin Brovold are coming off 2017 campaigns of 85 and 88.5 scoring averages, respectively, which landed them All-Pine to Prairie Conference honors.
CASS LAKE -- The Cass Lake-Bena baseball team is gearing up for the 2018 season with a new skipper at the helm. Blue Olson is taking over as head coach for the Panthers after former head coach Kenny Wittner retired following a 6-12 season in 2017, and Olson is looking to CL-B’s infield to lead the charge this year.
Flyers hoping for successful encore BAGLEY -- The Bagley softball team is fresh off an 11-win improvement and its first winning season since 2012, and the Flyers are looking to Cari Bonik to lead the charge from the circle this year. “When Bonik is in the circle pitching, our team has a great chance to win,” Bagley head coach Peter Larson said of the sophomore. “(The team is) improving both offensively and defensively.”
BEMIDJI -- A Harlem Globetrotters victory was never in doubt Wednesday night at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, but that didn’t stop everyone from watching -- and laughing -- from the edge of their seat all game long. The world-famous Globetrotters flashed their high-flying abilities on the court with alley-oop dunks and 4-point shots throughout the game, and they filled timeouts through crowd-pleasing hijinks with opponents, refs and children from the audience.
We see it happen every year: the favorites falling early, the mid-majors winning our hearts and the Cinderella runs that demand our undivided attention. And we never see it coming.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The first thing the Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball team did after winning the Section 8A championship on Friday was, understandably, celebrate. But the second thing the Panthers did will likely last a lot longer in their memories. Five hundred and one days after Cass Lake teen and CL-B basketball member Jeremy Jourdain went missing, his teammates held up Jourdain’s No. 44 jersey to the Cass Lake-Bena fans immediately following the final buzzer.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Jarell Jacobs grew up watching the Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball teams, and after Monday's convincing 63-38 win over Win-E-Mac, he and his Panthers are one win away from joining the best CL-B squads in program history with a trip to the state tournament. "It's fun," the sophomore guard said. "I've been watching Cass Lake since I was young and always dreamed about this. Now we're one game away from state."
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Jarell Jacobs grew up watching the Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball teams, and after Monday’s convincing 63-38 win over Win-E-Mac, he and his Panthers are one win away from joining the best CL-B squads in program history with a trip to the state tournament. “It’s fun,” the sophomore guard said. “I’ve been watching Cass Lake since I was young and always dreamed about this. Now we’re one game away from state.”
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- When Gerika Kingbird hit a 3-pointer to bring the Red Lake girls basketball team back into a 47-47 tie with Stephen-Argyle in the Section 8A championship, momentum was shifting in favor of the Warriors. But after a 49-49 deadlock, it was the Storm who stole it back, fending off the defending section champs with a 7-0 closing run and claiming the 8A crown in a thrilling 56-49 win at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls Friday.
CASS LAKE -- Even when the Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball team saw its 25-point lead slim back down to single digits, the Panthers didn’t sweat it. “Coming into this game, we were planning on just pushing the ball every chance we could,” CL-B senior guard Arnold Kingbird said. “Just running and gunning. (Fatigue) started to hit (Clearbrook-Gonvick) right at the beginning of the second half. We just kept on. I think they got tired, and we just kept on going. That’s why it made the difference.”