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Christian Babcock

Sports Reporter

Christian Babcock is a sports reporter at the Bemidji Pioneer. He trekked to Bemidji from his hometown of Campbell, Calif., after graduating from the Cronkite School at Arizona State University in 2021. Follow him on Twitter at @CB_Journalist for updates on the Lumberjacks and Beavers or to suggest your favorite local restaurant.

Contact Christian at or (218) 333-9787 for questions, comments or story tips.

The Bulldogs entered the weekend seventh in the eight-team CCHA. They certainly didn’t look like it.
On Friday afternoon, Bemidji State women’s hockey coach Jim Scanlan stressed the importance of adding on after the Beavers let a one-goal lead slip away in a 2-1 loss to St. Cloud State.
Not only did the Bemidji State men’s hockey defenseman score a goal, he may also have prevented one by himself.
The shot distribution was 38-19 in favor of the Bemidji State women’s hockey team on Friday at the Sanford Center. The chance distribution was slanted even further.
Lumberjack sports have been paused because of Bemidji Area Schools’ decision to cancel all school and activities from Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 22, due to COVID-19 cases and other illnesses affecting staffing levels across the district.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey senior center and captain was also named a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award last Thursday.
That opportunity came last Saturday, when the fifth-year senior goaltender skated out as a starter against Minnesota Duluth.
Barrick Nelson dislocated his elbow on Friday night at the Rick Lee Invite. He walked off the mat at the BHS Gymnasium in acute pain, heading to the locker room to undergo treatment.
Rance Bahr took over the Bemidji High School wrestling team in 2009. Since then, the Lumberjacks have found much team and individual success.
How does it work? Allow Paige Anderson, a junior forward and member of this year’s winning team, to explain.