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 -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team grinded out a 80-73 nailbiter on Friday, locking down and upending Minnesota State Moorhead at the BSU Gymnasium. “It came down to the end,” sophomore Logan Bader said. “It was just a matter of hustling, working for loose balls. Luckily we made the right plays to win the game.”
BEMIDJI -- Despite a 76-61 loss to Minnesota State Moorhead at the BSU Gymnasium on Friday, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team was happy to be competitive against a top-tier conference opponent.
BEMIDJI -- Once he reached 999 career points Thursday night, suspense hung in the air whenever Linaes Whiting touched the basketball. But the cheering didn’t end as soon as he hit the 1,000-point milestone early in the second half. Whiting was just getting started. Behind 16 second-half points from the senior guard, the Bemidji High School boys basketball team outran Duluth East to a 77-58 win at the BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is ready to take the weekend head on. “If we can win on that Friday game, it really builds momentum into the Saturday game,” freshman forward Zach Baumgartner said. “We’ve lost a lot of (Saturday games) this year, and it really shows in our record. If we can play the full 40 minutes on that Saturday, it shows teams that we’re able to compete for that full 40 minutes on that Saturday, and not just play the first 20.”
CASS LAKE -- There are currently seven boys basketball banners hanging in the Cass Lake-Bena High School Gymnasium signifying the number of state tournament appearances the program has made. But this year’s Panthers team is set on adding an eighth. “These guys here, they want to win state,” CL-B head coach John Wind said. “I think it would mean a lot. You see the banners (in the gym), there are seven banners out there… Just getting (to state), that’s just part of it.”
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team is determined to take care of the basketball this weekend. “I think, personally, turnovers made us lose the games last weekend. They determine a lot in the game,” freshman point guard Sydney Zerr said. “This week, we’re just focusing more on ourselves. (On Tuesday) we worked a lot on ball handling as guards and slowing down, making a smart pass rather than trying to force something. It’ll help a lot.”
BEMIDJI -- A fast start quickly fizzled for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team on Saturday night, as John Warren carried the red-hot hand -- and Augustana -- to a 92-66 victory at the BSU Gymnasium. “They’re a really good basketball team,” Beavers head coach Mike Boschee said. “When you get Warren going like he got going… it makes them really difficult to guard. He’s an all-conference type of player when he gets going. It was difficult when a team shoots that well against you from three.”
BEMIDJI -- When the Bemidji State women’s basketball team hosted No. 7 Augustana at the BSU Gymnasium on Saturday, it didn’t take long to see AU’s national ranking prove itself on the court. In command all night, Augie surged to an 87-50 win over the Beavers.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team couldn’t solve a stingy 2-3 zone defense from Wayne State on Friday, making for a frustrating 77-52 loss at the BSU Gymnasium. “I think that their pressure really disturbed us and our offense,” freshman center Taylor Bray said. “Obviously getting in a flow offensively is very important for the game. We’ve struggled with that all year… We need to clean up our game and play our game.”
BEMIDJI -- In its most important game of the year, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team delivered in a big way on Friday. The Beavers saw Wayne State sneak out to a 7-2 lead after less than two minutes. But for the final 38 minutes of the night, Bemidji State was simply dominant, making for a 91-70 victory at the BSU Gymnasium.