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 women’s basketball team is still trying to find a groove offensively, and so the Beavers have called all hands on deck. “We’re not finding a group that plays well together consistently, so we’re just trying different groups together,” BSU head coach Chelsea DeVille said. “The lack of consistency has kind of been our lull, where we can’t score… It’s just trying to find the right pieces that can play well together.”
BEMIDJI -- Playing in a program built by previous Beaver legends -- the David Lees, the James Ellisors, the Bryce Tesdahls -- this year’s Bemidji State men’s basketball team reached a monumental milestone more than 96 years in the making.
CROOKSTON -- For the sixth consecutive game, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team found itself down big before the end of the first quarter. And for the sixth consecutive game, the Beavers were hit with a loss. On Tuesday, it was a 13-0 opening run for Minnesota Crookston that did in BSU. It marked the fifth straight game that Bemidji State trailed by double-digits in the opening frame, and it culminated in a 73-48 loss in Crookston.
BEMIDJI -- Rumer Flatness isn’t keeping her collegiate plans a secret: she’s going to be a Beaver. The Bemidji High School junior guard recently announced her verbal commitment to the Bemidji State women’s basketball team -- a decision that didn’t take much convincing.
MARSHALL -- The wheels fell off a building second-half rally for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team Saturday night, and Southwest Minnesota State fended off the Beavers for a 84-70 win in Marshall.
MARSHALL -- After answering back and rallying for a late tie on the road, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team saw its hopes dashed at the finish for a 78-72 loss against Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall on Saturday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A lopsided first quarter decided the fate of the Bemidji State women’s basketball team Friday night, as Sioux Falls outscored the Beavers 26-12 to set up its 63-43 win in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers (4-10, 3-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) stayed afloat after a 9-2 start by the Cougars (10-5, 7-4 NSIC), but a 9-0 run make for a 26-10 game late in the quarter. Through 4-for-19 shooting by BSU and 11-for-15 shooting by USF, the score stood at 26-12 after 10 minutes.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- After 96 years of history for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team, Friday night’s 74-68 victory over Sioux Falls marked win No. 1,000 for the Beavers. Sharif Black netted 18 points, Logan Bader locked down a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Christian Pekarek and Derek Thompson each added another 13 points to lead BSU (7-9, 4-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) to the program milestone in Sioux Falls, S.D.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team fell victim to a run-and-gun second half from Brainerd on Friday, resulting in a 72-56 Lumberjack loss at the BHS Gymnasium. After trading baskets in the opening minutes, the Warriors (8-5) picked up an 18-7 lead through a 10-0 run. But Bemidji (6-9) found its footing with eight of the next nine points -- highlighted by a Mackenzie Nicklason layup off a seeing-eye dime from Sam Edlund -- for a 19-15 game.
BEMIDJI -- Nothing came easy for the Bemidji High School boys basketball team on Thursday night, as Grand Rapids forced the Lumberjacks off course for a 76-60 road win at the BHS Gymnasium.