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 -- Although the Bemidji State men’s basketball team came up empty during its last road trip, the Beavers are taking away what they can in hopes that it helps this weekend.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team will have a big emphasis on the small details this weekend. “Turnovers, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds. I think this week, we’re really focusing on those little things,” sophomore guard Erica Gartner said. “Just being more disciplined and getting them done, especially in late games.”
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji High School junior and girls basketball standout Rumer Flatness announced her verbal commitment to the Bemidji State women’s basketball program Wednesday. “I’m beyond blessed & excited to have verbally committed to continue my academic and basketball career at BSU,” she said on Twitter. “Thanks to everyone who has helped & supported me! #gobeavs”
DULUTH -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team was set up with a five-point lead in the closing minutes on Saturday, but soon after, Minnesota Duluth ran off the final nine points for a 62-57 spoiler in Duluth. Neither team could create separation in the back-and-forth contest. The Beavers (6-0, 3-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) ultimately took their largest lead at 55-50 with four minutes to play when Sharif Black found Derek Thompson for a layup.
DULUTH -- After climbing all the way back from an early hole, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team couldn’t do it again in the final minutes, falling 66-61 at Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. The Beavers (4-9, 3-6 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) struck first with a Sam Adamich 3-pointer, but the Bulldogs (9-4, 6-3 NSIC) ran off the next 11 en route to a 17-5 lead through the first quarter.
ST. CLOUD -- In a game to forget for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team, the Beavers were left in the dust for an 83-51 blowout loss at St. Cloud State on Friday. A 14-2 opening run for the Huskies (8-4, 5-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) overshadowed a 22-13 score at the end of the first, despite a pair of 3-pointers from McKayla Scheuer that sparked some life into BSU (4-8, 3-5 NSIC).
ST. CLOUD -- In what will go down as a classic, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard on Friday night, falling just shy in a 77-72 loss at St. Cloud State.
BEMIDJI -- A 22-0 opening run for the Bemidji High School girls basketball team wasn’t quite enough on its own, but the Lumberjacks did plenty for a soaring 78-24 win over Staples-Motley at the BHS Gymnasium on Thursday. “Everyone could score tonight, and everyone was playing so unselfish,” junior guard Ali Beard said. “That’s how we love to play, and that’s when we play our best: when we push the ball.”
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team will fill six different visiting locker rooms this month, but that doesn’t bother Jai’Vionne Green. “For me, it’s really the same. I prefer playing away rather than home,” Green said. “I feel like it challenges me more. I just want to compete.”
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.