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 -- On a night where 10 of its penalties marred the scoresheet, goals were hard to come by for the Bemidji High School boys hockey team in a physical, 4-1 loss to Grand Rapids at the Bemidji Community Arena on Tuesday night. “I expected us to play hockey, and I did not see that happen,” BHS head coach Eric Monsrud said.
LITTLE FALLS -- For the third consecutive season, the Bemidji High School girls Nordic skiing team has claimed the Section 8 championship. On Tuesday, it was a team score of 375 that topped the 11-team field at Camp Ripley in Little Falls and launched them back into the state meet. They’ll be joined by three individual Lumberjacks from the boys side, which took third as a team and just missed the cut to join them.
MARSHALL -- Southwest Minnesota State netted 12 points before the Bemidji State men’s basketball team reached the scoreboard Saturday night, setting the tone for an eventual 84-62 BSU loss in Marshall.
MARSHALL -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team fell out of contention after halftime in Saturday’s 72-51 loss to Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall. The Beavers (5-15, 3-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) held close at the half, keeping within a possession at 30-27, but the Mustangs (11-10, 8-8 NSIC) outscored BSU 42-24 from there to pull away.
BEMIDJI -- The energy just wasn’t there for the Bemidji High School girls basketball team on Saturday. So early in the second half, head coach Steve Schreiber turned to his bench.
BEMIDJI -- Not many wins come as clutch as the one the Bemidji High School boys basketball team pulled off on Saturday. Down eight with under three minutes to play, the Lumberjacks swung momentum their way and came all the way back to force overtime -- where they eventually claimed an 84-79 victory over Hermantown at the BHS Gymnasium.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Rolling into Sioux Falls, S.D., on its hottest stretch of the season, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team had a night to forget in a 95-47 blowout loss to Sioux Falls on Friday. The Cougars (14-7, 9-6 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) used a 12-0 run to wash away the only lead of the day for BSU, taking a 17-7 edge late in the first. The difference grew into a 24-11 game after one.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team held on for dear life on Friday -- but they did so successfully. The Beavers never relinquished their 17-point, second-half lead against Sioux Falls, and even though the Cougars cut it to one in the final minutes, BSU pulled off a 76-73 win in Sioux Falls, S.D.
BEMIDJI -- A lopsided game against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton ultimately proved to be too much to handle for the Bemidji High School girls hockey team on Friday. BHS kept pace early on through a stout defensive effort from Nettie Kimble and a game-tying goal from Maggie Marcotte in the second period, but a disproportionate shot total of 35-9 led to a 4-1 home loss at the Bemidji Community Arena.
BEMIDJI -- The floodgates opened in a flash on the Bemidji High School boys hockey team on Friday. After the first intermission, the Lumberjacks’ scoreless tie with Moorhead slipped into a 3-0 deficit in less than half a period, which became a 3-0 loss at the Bemidji Community Arena.