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 -- Sierra Senske has seen the game of basketball through a different perspective as of late. The senior captain has come off the bench in her last three games -- after starting in all but four of 90 career games prior -- while sophomore Sydney Arrington has assumed the starting job. But Senske has kept a team-first mentality throughout the transition.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team pulled off a last-minute comeback to top Winona State on Sunday, finishing down to the wire for a 62-59 win from the BSU Gymnasium. “I like the group. I like the group’s grit,” BSU head coach Mike Boschee told the Beaver Radio Network. “I like our toughness right now. We’ve just got to continue to grind.”
BEMIDJI -- A comeback bid with momentum fell flat for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team when they were held to just 10 points in the final 22 minutes, resulting in a 47-33 loss to Winona State at the BSU Gymnasium on Sunday. The Beavers (4-7, 3-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) shot out to a 5-2 lead with five straight points from Brooklyn Bachmann in the early goings. But the Warriors (11-1, 7-1 NSIC) took control with a 12-2 run in response, setting up a 16-9 score after one.
BEMIDJI -- Despite a slow and building rally in the second half, an up-and-down comeback effort by the Bemidji State men’s basketball team fell short in an 84-75 loss to Upper Iowa at the BSU Gymnasium on Saturday. “I don’t think we were competing for that first couple minutes,” senior guard Sharif Black said. “We weren’t competing as hard as we could, and we weren’t making the best plays offensively. We just knew we had to chip away. There’s not a 15-point shot.”
BEMIDJI -- Mikayla Larson has been a member of the Bemidji State women’s basketball team for four seasons, but Saturday night showcased that her squad this year has had the best ability to finish. “The last couple teams we’ve had, we just kinda give up if we get in a hole,” the senior guard said. “This team, we’ve learned how to fight back, we’ve learned how to fight for each other, we’ve learned how to fight for coach.”
BEMIDJI -- Basketball fans in Winona are certainly familiar with Mia Appicelli, but they’ll be getting a new look from her this weekend. Appicelli and the Bemidji State women’s basketball team, which is off to its best conference start since 2012-13, will play host to Upper Iowa and Winona State in hopes of continuing its success. But for Appicelli -- a Winona native -- things will feel a little different than usual.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is hitting the reset button. The Beavers (5-6, 2-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) are coming off a tough stretch to end the first half of their season, but they’re entering the second leg of the schedule with a refreshed mindset.
BEMIDJI -- Before every Bemidji High School girls basketball game, Kennedy Mills has her knee brace ceremonially shined during the starting lineup introductions. When her name is announced, Mills runs through the tunnel, proudly lifts up her knee for a polish and then jogs to center court for the tip off.
BEMIDJI -- When Shaice Marx was hit with career-ending news in July, she was asked an unexpected question by her head coach. “Shaice, do you still want to be a part of the team?”
BEMIDJI -- Colten Jensen made sure there was plenty to cheer about for the Bemidji High School boys basketball team Tuesday. On “Silent Night” -- where the BHS student section kept quiet until the Lumberjacks reached their 10th point of the game -- Jensen hit the double-digit plateau to send fans into pandemonium, then racked up a career-high 24 points to lead Bemidji to a 67-49 win over Detroit Lakes at the BHS Gymnasium.