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The Pioneer's 25 most-read sports stories of 2022

Here's a look at the Bemidji Pioneer's most-read sports stories of the year by the numbers.

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Here's a look at the Bemidji Pioneer's most-read sports stories of the year by the numbers.

The Pioneer's most-read sports stories of 2022
Social media was set aflame when Minnesota State appeared to win the CCHA Mason Cup Championship over the Bemidji State men's hockey team, only to have the controversial overtime game-winner called back after a delayed and extended review.
Moments after No. 1 Minnesota State apparently vanquished the Beavers with a goal by Josh Groll in overtime to claim the CCHA Mason Cup Championship on Saturday in Mankato, BSU head coach Tom Serratore and his assistants contested the goal, arguing that one of the goalposts had lifted up and made the goal invalid.
In what’s likely the greatest state tournament game in Minnesota basketball history, Red Lake and Wabasso put on a lightning-fast show in 1997 that’s still being talked about. Now, 25 years later, relive the mayhem with some of the Warrior stars.
Tori Bott, the Bemidji State women’s basketball senior who has lost far too much this year, remains drawn to the game she loves.
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.
In all, BHS sports have won 54 section titles during Troy Hendricks’ run as AD. Lumberjack athletes have also won seven individual state championships in that span.
Paige Bueckers, the UConn women’s basketball sensation and a Hopkins native, grew up in the gym with current Bemidji State forward Jana Swanson. And now, Swanson is Bueckers’ biggest fan as the latter competes at the women's Final Four in Minneapolis this weekend.
CLB handily defeated Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 71-53 in the Section 8A championship game on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The victory delivered Cass Lake-Bena its fifth state berth all-time and back-to-back titles for the first time in program history.
Nine Bemidji High School athletes signed their collegiate letters of intent on Wednesday, flanked by family members, friends and coaches. It was a haul that demonstrated the depth of the Lumberjacks’ athletic prowess and one that will stock athletic programs throughout the college ranks.
Section 8A crowned a brand new champion in Sacred Heart on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. But for the fourth straight year, the Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball team fell one game short of state.
Born in Deer River but raised in Coleraine, Tom Serratore grew up during a booming period on the Iron Range, when the success of the surrounding area elevated the profile of its athletic prowess – and hockey was at center ice of all of it.
White blazed a trail for herself that she’s developed into a promising future, and now she’s giving back to the community that raised her. White, who finished her playing career at Valparaiso University this year, is holding a free youth basketball camp in Red Lake this week.
Chet Anderson Stadium was the epicenter of Al Toward’s first career goal with the Lumberjacks. But the shockwaves of this story truly originate over 7,000 miles away -- at an orphanage run by nuns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Bemidji State football team’s senior tight end/fullback is recovering in Fargo, N.D., from a neck injury that he suffered in BSU’s game at Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Margie Anderson went wild when she recorded her 1,000th career set assist. But the highlight of the match was met with a beaten-up, worn-down, uncomfortably dense volleyball -- one that used to get chucked across the gym in disgust by Anderson but now bears her name and grand milestone.
The Beavers have been able to sink their teeth into name, image and likeness deals ever since July 1, 2021, when the NCAA approved a groundbreaking NIL policy allowing student-athletes to monetize their brand. The reshaped playing field has been revolutionary for plenty of BSU athletes in the year and a half it’s been around.
The Beavers kept us sports scribes busy all school year with their record-breaking performances, historic playoff runs and a dash of mayhem mixed in for good measure. But out of all that, what was the best of the best?
Fabre entered into BSU as a walk-on and shattered records, evolving into the most accomplished triple jumper in Beaver history. But what’s life like for an athlete once they hang it up at the end of their career?
As the Beavers prepared for a pivotal matchup with Minnesota Duluth at Chet Anderson Stadium, they had a different vibe in practice and in pregame. They were most juiced up to play for senior tight end/fullback Bryce Duffy, who suffered a scary spinal cord injury in BSU’s previous game against Minnesota State Moorhead.
Bemidji State volleyball head coach Kevin Ulmer was diagnosed with cancer in December 2021, yet he's embraced 'God's plan' as he fights with the added strength of widespread support.
Bemidji State has announced three of five finalists for its open athletic director position, the university announced Friday. BSU will name its last two finalists on Tuesday, April 26.
Mark Fodness' memory will go on as the namesake of the brand-new Mark Fodness Memorial Award, presented for the first time at the BHS Hall of Fame induction banquet on Monday.
The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association has named the BHS girls team its 2022 state champion, a distinction reserved for the team that scores the most points in the individual state tournament.
People like to say that three makes a crowd. If that’s true, then the migration of Bemidji High School football players to the Bemidji State football team could best be described as a movement.
"I’m grateful and thankful for the opportunity,” McRae said. “I’ve got awesome administrators, colleagues and supporters out there. To take on this responsibility is a daunting task. I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous about it. I’ve got big shoes to fill. But I also think I’ve got a good system of support to help me be successful.”

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Isaac Severts laid in the game-winning bucket with 1.6 seconds left to lift Bemidji over West Fargo on Thursday night. The Lumberjacks erased a nine-point deficit in the final two minutes.
The Tuesday, Jan. 31, game between Sioux Falls Lincoln and Watertown was forced to move after junior JT Rock broke the rim with a powerful two-handed dunk. Rock is committed to play at Iowa State.
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