Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he 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.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team fell fall against Winona State in the second half on Saturday, turning a two-point halftime lead into a 28-point loss in an 87-59 thumping at the BSU Gymnasium. The first half was played within six points from start to finish, the Beavers (5-11, 2-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) taking their largest lead at 33-27 on a Jacob Hoffman 3-pointer. Bemidji State brought a 38-36 edge into the break, but the second half was a different story.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team is on a winning streak. The Beavers picked up their second victory in a row -- good for their first weekend sweep in conference play since Feb. 15-16, 2013 -- in Saturday’s 61-57 win over Winona State at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI—If Babe turned blue from the cold, the Bemidji High School boys hockey team made Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin turn green with envy on the frigid stage of the Minnesota Hockey Day outdoor rink on Saturday. Playing under the growing shadow of Paul Bunyan, a spectacular shutout from goalie Broc Waldhausen and a natural hat trick from forward Wyatt Halvorson stole the show in a historic, 3-0 Lumberjacks win for the ages.
BEMIDJI -- The outlook was bleak when the Bemidji State men’s basketball team called its final timeout with over 10 minutes to play on Friday. Upper Iowa had built up a 12-point lead with momentum to spare, but the Beavers worked back into contention and snuck away with a 93-90 win at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team sure saved its best for last on Friday. After a lackluster three quarters against Upper Iowa at the BSU Gymnasium, the Beavers’ 12-game losing streak and 27-game conference losing streak were in jeopardy of continuing. However, an absolutely dominant fourth quarter killed off the notorious skids in a 65-56 win.
BEMIDJI -- Colten Jensen scored on accident Thursday night. It was just that kind of game for the Bemidji High School boys basketball team. “We were breaking the press,” Jensen said of the fortunate play. “(Isaac Burley) comes in, and he throws me a lob. It was too high, so I try to go up and catch it. It ended up just hitting off the top of my hand and perfectly in.”
BEMIDJI -- Just about midway through the conference season, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team isn’t exactly where it thought it would be. “Obviously our record is not what we want it to be,” sophomore forward Derek Thompson said. “We’ve got a lot of stuff to improve, but we also have a lot of good things to take from these games. We’re losing some close ones, but we’ve just got to learn how to play the full game as well as we can.”
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team is fresh off its most competitive weekend of the conference season. But after watching the film, something became pretty clear: It wasn’t anything spectacular. BSU threatened Minnesota State Moorhead -- leaders of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference -- and perennial power Northern State before falling in both games by single digits. For the Beavers, it was beneficial to see two competitive games come from an everyday performance.
BEMIDJI -- In 1996, the inaugural puck dropped for the Bemidji High School girls hockey program. And if you ask the Lumberjacks’ first head coach, it was more than overdue.
BEMIDJI -- Rumer Flatness went searching for a clipboard at halftime. Her Bemidji High School girls basketball team was well on its way to a 74-29 win over Little Falls at the BHS Gymnasium on Tuesday, but Flatness and her teammates still had things to work on.