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Micah Friez

Sports Editor

Micah Friez is the sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he joined the Pioneer in 2015 and is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

Contact Micah at mfriez@bemidjipioneer.com or 218-333-9789 for questions, comments or story tips.

Two historic runs collided into one mega-weekend at Chet Anderson Stadium on Nov. 18-20, where the BSU soccer and football programs hosted groundbreaking NCAA Tournament games at home on back-to-back-to-back days. But kudos are in order for the army behind the scenes that made it function.
For as valiantly as the Bemidji State defense played, keeping the game within one possession well into the fourth quarter, the offense fell victim to punts and picks nearly all afternoon during a season-ending loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Bryce Duffy’s tale is not a sob story. As he tackles physical therapy and works back to normalcy after a harrowing spinal cord injury, he’s inspired the Beavers to unprecedented success on the field as they support him at every step along the way.
With a heel on the midcourt logo, Brayden Williams pulled up for a game-changing 3-pointer on Tuesday night against Minnesota Crookston at the BSU Gymnasium. Once his long-range shot hit nothing but net inside the final two minutes, the Beavers never trailed again.
Taryn Frazer led the Golden Eagles to a 69-64 comeback win over the Bemidji State women’s basketball team in a game played at the BSU Gymnasium, but one that almost felt like a CLB home game with how many followers Frazer drew.
The Beavers will face Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas, for a spot in the national quarterfinals this weekend. A playoff atmosphere certainly keeps the juices flowing in the cold, but a warm environment sure won’t hurt either.
The greatest NCAA Tournament run in Bemidji State women’s soccer history set with the sun on Sunday at Chet Anderson Stadium, as Ferris State earned a 2-0 win over the No. 24 Beavers in the national quarterfinals.
Brendan Beaulieu delivered the Beavers a 31-7 win over Winona State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with four second-half touchdowns, turning in another master class that sent Bemidji State back to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.
As players from both sides decked out in leggings, hats and extra layers wherever possible, Maggie Cade treated the frigid temperatures like it was early August. And don’t be confused: This was tougher than anything her professional sister has ever faced in Iceland.
After a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time, No. 24 Bemidji State defeated Emporia State 3-1 in penalty kicks during the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The ensuing jubilation was well deserved for a team that is going to the national quarterfinals for the first time in program history.