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 High School girls basketball team faced far and away its biggest challenge of the season Friday night. But even through a 92-44 loss to Class 4A No. 4 Hopkins, the always-animated, always-energetic Steve Schreiber fought just as passionately as his Lumberjacks from the sidelines at a rocking BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is set on finishing this weekend. Last Friday, BSU (8-11, 5-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) topped Minot State -- a top team in the NSIC North Division -- before losing on Saturday to U-Mary -- a bottom team in the NSIC North.
BEMIDJI -- Not often does a team feel good heading into a weekend while on an eight-game losing streak, but the Bemidji State women's basketball team isn’t hitting the panic button just yet. “I don’t think anything is set in stone right now,” sophomore center Sydney Arrington said. “There’s a sense of urgency with us, trying to get back. There’s only a month left (of the regular season). But there are a lot of basketball games… I think there are a lot of good things coming.”
BEMIDJI -- Most everyone in Bemidji knows Paul Bunyan, but meet Spencer Konecne: the second tallest Lumberjack in town. Standing at 6-foot-9, the junior center is the long and lanky inside presence for the Bemidji High School boys basketball team. “I can block shots, reach out and grab rebounds,” Konecne said. “My style is defense and shot blocking, protecting the rim. And then on offense, I’m a good screener and always down low for a lob.”
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team was hanging tough with Class AAA No. 9 Grand Rapids in the first half of Tuesday’s game at the BHS Gymnasium. Whether it was through a timely takeaway or 3-pointer, the Lumberjacks always seemed to have an answer. But Bemidji’s deficit quickly got out of hand in the second half, resulting in a 85-69 loss.
BEMIDJI -- When triple zeroes hit with a 72-72 stalemate Saturday night, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team had five minutes of overtime to make up for losing a double-digit lead in regulation. Instead, the Beavers watched U-Mary play spoiler with a 7-0 run early in the extra period, stealing an 88-80 road win at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Gabby DuBois made the most of her Saturday night -- tallying career highs in points, rebounds and minutes in a breakout performance. But despite a strong showing from the freshman forward, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team fell short in a 68-58 loss to U-Mary at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Logan Bader and Christian Pekarek didn’t sub out on Friday night. But nobody else for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team seemed to take many breaks, either. Holding tight to a thin coast-to-coast lead throughout the night, the Beavers earned a statement win with an 80-73 victory over Minot State at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Every time the Bemidji State women’s basketball team gained any momentum in Friday’s second half, Minot State always found an answer. And even when a late push brought BSU on the brink of a last-minute miracle, MiSU shut it down early for an 81-70 road win at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Less than two weeks ago, the Bemidji High School wrestling team was topped by Frazee during the Rick Lee Invitational. But in Thursday’s rematch with the Class A No. 2 Hornets, the Lumberjacks flipped the script for a 33-25 win at the BHS Gymnasium.