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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BEMIDJI -- Expectations for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team had been higher this season than in recent years. But despite improved results, those initial goals still didn’t come to fruition in 2017-18 like the Beavers had hoped.
BEMIDJI -- Not much went right for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team over the second half of the 2017-18 season. “Somewhere after Christmas, we hit a wall of competitiveness and effort, and it seemed like we were just sunk,” BSU head coach Chelsea DeVille said. “I definitely had hopes of some growth. I thought we could get to 10-plus wins this year. Starting the conference play 3-3, I was hoping for a little more fight towards the end.”
LITTLE FALLS -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team didn’t leave much room for doubt Tuesday night. With their season on the line, the No. 5 Lumberjacks dominated No. 4 Little Falls in the Section 8AAA quarterfinals, opening their postseason with a landslide 62-35 win in Little Falls.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team was viewing Friday’s regular season finale against Moorhead as a way to prep for the postseason. “I thought we did a lot of things well out there,” BHS head coach Steve Schreiber said. “This game didn’t really mean much in terms of section (seeding) for us, or for them, so we wanted to go out there and do what we need to do next Tuesday. I thought the girls did a lot of things well in that regard.”
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- In a game where just about everything needed to go perfectly for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team, not much of anything went right. The Beavers felt the fury of No. 12 Augustana on Wednesday night, suffering a season-ending 94-57 loss in the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- As Sharif Black narrowly missed out a triple-double Wednesday night, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team suffered a similar fate in the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. The senior point guard had BSU back from an early, daunting deficit against Augustana, had tallied 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists by night’s end and was ready to lead the Beavers into the final stretch with hopes of extending their season.
BEMIDJI -- Grinding out a tightly contested victory is always rewarding, but, if you ask the Bemidji High School boys basketball team, a rivalry win over Moorhead is just a little bit sweeter. “Any time we beat Moorhead, it is sweet,” Lumberjacks head coach Travis Peterson said. “Over the years, we’ve had lots of good games with them. In recent history, they’ve gotten the best of us until the last couple years. It’s nice to come out with ‘Ws’ against the Spuds.”
BEMIDJI -- Everything may be different, but nothing is changing for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team Wednesday night. The Beavers are opening their postseason against Augustana, but they’re not shaking anything up while faced with the win-or-go-home matchup.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team will have one of the toughest tasks in the country on Wednesday. The Beavers (4-22, 3-19 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) are matched with No. 10 Augustana to open up the NSIC Tournament, heading to Sioux Falls, S.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in search of an upset for the ages.
MINOT, N.D. -- On Friday night, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team kept the wheels from falling off and held on for a win over U-Mary. But on Saturday, the Beavers couldn’t replicate the same success, faltering late in an 80-71 loss to Minot State in Minot, N.D.