Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, he is currently studying Creative and Professional Writing at Bemidji State. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.
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BEMIDJI — Chelsea DeVille kicked off her tenure at Bemidji State University Saturday with a 79-67 exhibition win against Lakehead University, but her debut wasn’t without pre-game jitters. “It wouldn’t matter if this was a veteran team and I’d been the coach for 10 years, in every first game… there’s jitters,” DeVille said after the victory. The Beavers tried to shake off the nerves as they battled back and forth with the Wolves for the first five minutes of the game.
BEMIDJI — The last time the Bemidji State men’s basketball team played, the Beavers surrendered 97 points to Augustana in the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. This year, Bemidji State will address the team’s biggest need: defense. The Beavers open their 2015-16 campaign on Friday, Nov. 13, with a nonconference game against Northland College. BSU is coming off an 8-19 season, their worst since the 2008-09 campaign.
CHASKA — The Bemidji High School volleyball team matched up with some tough competition in the Chaska Tournament Saturday. The Lumberjacks started out the day by squaring off with host team Chaska, and BHS wasn’t able to top the No. 13 team in Class AAA. Bemidji kept the Hawks close, but Chaska took the first set by a score of 25-20. The Hawks wasted little time in the second set, and a convincing 25-13 victory gave them a win in the opening round of the tournament. Next up for Bemidji was Stewartville, the No. 12 ranked team in AA.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s basketball team has found a fresh leader in new head coach Chelsea DeVille, and it took less than a week for DeVille to convince her players to buy in. DeVille is entering her first season at the helm of the women’s basketball team after serving as an assistant coach for the University of Sioux Falls for the past five seasons. Bemidji State is coming off a 6-22 season, its worst since the 2008-09 campaign, but DeVille enters into a program with promising young talent. Among the players that DeVille is adopting is Sierra Senske, a 6-foot-2-inch forward fro
ROGERS — The Bemidji High School girls soccer team saw its season come to end in the 8AA section semifinals on Saturday, falling 4-0 to top-seeded Rogers. Bemidji (11-6) held strong for much of the first half, but Courtney Henderson finally put Rogers on the scoreboard with a goal off a pass from Claire Swan with 11 minutes remaining in the half. After a free kick by Kate Heimer, Henderson knocked the ball in for her second goal of the game to put the Royals up 2-0 at the half. “We were nervous about this team,” BHS head coach Logan Larsen said of Rogers. “They’re a very strong team.
MOORHEAD -- It seemed as if Minnesota State University Moorhead was going to bring Bemidji State back to earth after three straight Beaver victories when the Dragons went up 28-7 late in the second quarter. Quarterback Jordan Hein and the “Gang Green” defense had other plans.
BEMIDJI — It was a night of “what ifs” for the Bemidji State volleyball team against the University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers (4-15, 2-8 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) had their chances against the Cougars (9-10, 1-9 NSIC) but they were unable to capitalize late in sets, resulting in a 3-0 loss. In the first set, Bemidji State seemed to be in control after a service ace by Kori Leist put the Beavers up 17-12. But five BSU errors in Sioux Falls’ ensuing 8-0 run proved to be costly as the Cougars went up 20-17.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji High School girls swimming team wasn’t able to top Moorhead in the swimming pool on Thursday, falling 99.5-83.5 to the Spuds. The Lumberjacks were led by senior Libby McRae, who won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 26.40 and the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:14.33. Bemidji also won two relays.
PINE RIVER — The Bagley High School football team found itself on its heels, but two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter secured the 26-15 victory over Pine River-Backus. With...
EAST GRAND FORKS — Bemidji High School girls tennis capped an impressive regular season with two wins against Crookston and East Grand Forks to head into section play with momentum. Bemidji (16-2) was led by Abbie Kelm at singles No. 1 as usual. With a 6-1, 6-1 win against Crookston’s Ally Tiedemann and a 6-0, 6-1 win over East Grand Forks’ Chessa Jones, Kelm continued to show her dependability. Alexis Konocne did the same, picking up two wins at No. 2 singles for the Jacks.