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 -- As the playoff race continues to heat up, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team continues to keep things the same.
BEMIDJI -- Perham edged out the Bemidji High School gymnastics team on Thursday, sneaking out on top 141.9-138.6 at the Gym Bin in Bemidji. Jada Olson swept the night away for the Yellowjackets, placing in first in each event for an all-around score of 37.475. Olson finished with a 9.6 on the vault, a 9.55 on the uneven bars, an 8.875 on the balance beam, and a 9.45 on the floor exercise.
BEMIDJI -- Even in the midst of a 10-game slump, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team won’t be feeling sorry for themselves anytime soon.
BEMIDJI -- Spencer Konecne was well on his way to a triple-double on Monday, but, with the Bemidji High School boys basketball team’s dominant lead over East Grand Forks safe, he took rest of the night off, instead.
MANKATO -- Nothing came easy for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team on Saturday, resulting in a 65-33 loss at Minnesota State Mankato. The Beavers (4-16, 3-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) shot just 28.6 percent from the field (12-for-42) on the night. And although BSU held the Mavericks to 30.1 percent (22-for-73), turnovers piled up -- 26 by game’s end -- to dash its chances.
MANKATO -- Minnesota State Mankato outrebounded the Bemidji State men’s basketball team 50-28 on Saturday, making the difference in an 87-70 BSU loss in Mankato. Before the rebounding woes kicked in, the Beavers (9-12, 6-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) jumped out to an early 18-12 lead off a jumper from Zach Baumgartner. But the Mavericks (18-4, 14-2 NSIC) stormed ahead from there, scoring the next 15 points to set up a 23-1 run that put MSU in a 35-19 advantage.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team kept within striking distance all throughout Saturday’s second half, but the Lumberjacks never got over the hump in a 58-52 loss to Alexandria at the BHS Gymnasium. “I thought we fought. Our effort was there. We just didn’t knock down shots like we need to,” Bemidji head coach Travis Peterson said. “It’s hard to overcome our poor shooting tonight. It comes down to knocking down shots. We can’t score 52 points and win many games.”
BEMIDJI -- A demanding week culminated on Saturday for the Bemidji High School basketball team with a 69-46 loss to Alexandria at the BHS Gymnasium. “I don’t like to make excuses, but we were half a step slow today,” Lumberjacks head coach Steve Schreiber said. “We played very physical against Grand Rapids and we matched physicality with… Hopkins (earlier this week). We looked a little beat up today.”
ST. PAUL -- After forcing Concordia-St. Paul to an 0-for-10 start from the field, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team was flying into a double-digit lead. But the strong start was negated by the Golden Bears from there, and the Beavers were shut down in a 63-53 loss in St. Paul on Friday.
ST. PAUL -- In a had-to-have-it game for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team, Christian Pekarek stepped up the challenge. The senior captain dropped a career-high 27 points -- 24 after halftime -- to lead the Beavers to an 82-76 comeback road win over Concordia-St. Paul on Friday.