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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.

“It's fun watching them play,” Brandon Loch said of watching his sons. “They learn the game and you see them coming along. Pretty soon, they start beating you. It gets hard to keep up.”
The Bemidji High School senior is a key member of the Lumberjacks’ 4x800-meter relay, one of the boys track and field team’s top contenders for a trip to state this season. And now, he’s decided to pursue speed at the next level by signing to run track and cross country at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.
The Bemidji High School baseball team’s emerging ace entered a showdown against Brainerd with a 1.11 ERA this season, the best on the Lumberjacks’ pitching staff. But on Tuesday at the BSU baseball field, he leveled up.
At the Bemidji High School Athletics Hall of Fame banquet on May 9, Vollen was honored with the Lumberjack Award for several years’ worth of contributions to BHS sports programs. But for her, supporting the Lumberjacks has simply been a way of life.
The eighth-seeded Jacks couldn’t solve Crush starter Lola Jacobs on Monday at the BHS softball field.
Don Lucia hasn’t had many moments since leaving coaching where he felt like he was back behind the bench. But that was the case after the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Mason Cup Championship in March.
Mariah Graves didn’t want her softball career to come to an end. So she did something about it.
The Bemidji High School softball pitcher left the BHS softball field on Saturday with a 7-0 win. But it wasn’t until she spoke to her father afterward that she understood the magnitude of what she had just done – and what she nearly accomplished in the process.
A popular saying in life stipulates that many things are better than a kick in the head. But what about a thrown baseball to the head, at high velocity and close range? That’s what Bemidji High School baseball first baseman Cam Justice experienced on Friday at the BSU baseball field.
Ty Lundeen had never hit a walk-off home run before. Not just at the high school level – at any level. But with two outs and no runners on base in the bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday, he got his chance.