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 -- It was no secret that the Bemidji High School boys basketball team was favored against Thief River Falls Thursday night. But behind a full-team effort, the Lumberjacks did exactly what they needed to with a 78-42 blowout win at the BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Whether it’s through a dish or a drive, Ja Morgan has been directing traffic for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team this season. The junior transfer has taken point during his first season in a Beaver uniform, where he’s ascended to the summit of the league ranks in assists. His 6.1 assists per game leads the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and is tied for 15th nationally, according to ncaa.com.
BEMIDJI -- Whether you look at a map, thermometer or workload, there’s no doubt about it -- Ben Stowe has had a whirlwind of a January. Stowe, the founder of the Bemidji-based sound and light company NLFX Professional, had a hand in both Hockey Day Minnesota and North Dakota State football’s national championship run.
BEMIDJI -- Once again, the community came out in droves for the Minnesota Twins’ annual Winter Caravan pit stop in Bemidji. This year, that meant meeting up with A-listers in pitcher Jose Berrios, outfielder Eddie Rosario and new manager Rocco Baldelli at the Bemidji Eagles Club on Wednesday.
BEMIDJI -- There’s no more monkey on the backs of the Bemidji State women’s basketball team. The Beavers finally found the win column within Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play last weekend, topping both Upper Iowa and Winona State for their first conference sweep since Feb. 15-16, 2013, and their first at home since Jan. 20-21, 2012.
BEMIDJI -- Things didn’t go as planned for the Bemidji High School girls hockey team on Tuesday. The Lumberjacks hosted Detroit Lakes at the Bemidji Community Arena in a rematch of a 5-2 BHS win on Nov. 30, but the Lakers spoiled multiple Bemidji comeback attempts with a 5-3 win.
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.