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SOCCER: Miah Stone to venture out, join Northern State after Lumberjack career

When she was little, Miah Stone got her first exposure to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. That was around the same time she fell in love with soccer.

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Bemidji senior Miah Stone, second from left, signed a National Letter of Intent on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the high school to join Northern State women's soccer. She is joined by, from left, her mother Heather, father Jim and brother Isaac.
Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- When she was little, Miah Stone got her first exposure to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. That was around the same time she fell in love with soccer.

“I’d say (it happened) when I was little, going to watch my dad’s games,” Stone said. “Growing up around it, watching my sister play, it’s always been a big part of my life, and I’ve always had a passion for it.”

Stone’s father, Jim, is the women’s soccer head coach at Bemidji State . But Miah will forge her own path, as she proved at her National Letter of Intent ceremony on Friday by committing to Northern State.

“(Bemidji State) is obviously an awesome program, and I love it here, but I wanted to get out of state,” said Miah, a Bemidji High School senior. “(Playing against my dad) is going to be interesting for sure. I’ve thought about that, actually. But I think it’ll be a cool experience.”

Stone finished her Lumberjack career in the fall, where the midfielder tallied two goals and five assists while a two-year starter for BHS.

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But after a life spent in Bemidji, she was ready to spread her wings.

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Bemidji senior Miah Stone (3) passes the ball in the first half against Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer

“I was kind of interested in getting out of the state, getting a little further away from home,” she said. “I was interested in Northern, so I reached out to them. … I really liked the campus, and they have super nice facilities. And I really love the coaches there.”

She put pen to paper on Friday, signing up for a future as a Wolf.

“It’s super exciting,” Stone said. “I’m so thankful and blessed by this opportunity. God is so good, and I’m just really excited to move forward into this next chapter of my life.”

Even as she ventures out for the next stage, Stone will still carry the positive experiences she gained as a Lumberjack.

“The coaches have been amazing and just so fun to play for,” she said. “(They’ve been) really encouraging in this whole process. They’ve played a huge role in why I love this sport and why I wanted to keep doing it. I just didn’t want to be done playing.”

Micah Friez is the former sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he worked at the Pioneer from 2015-23 and is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing.
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