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 -- In another game right there for the taking, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team couldn’t find a way to come back on U-Mary, falling 64-52. “No matter what we got down, I wasn’t in panic mode against this team,” BSU head coach Chelsea DeVille said. “I felt like we had control. We were getting great shots, it’s just a matter of time before you hit them. But at the same time, we had a couple lapses late.”
BEMIDJI -- It’s time to buckle up and bunker down for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team. The Beavers (10-15, 8-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) control their own destiny heading into the final weekend of the regular season -- it’s either sweep at home, or hit the road.
BEMIDJI—Tatum Sheley has two home games left in her career with the Bemidji State women's basketball team. So Sheley, plus BSU's other veterans with careers winding down, are aiming to go out with a bang. "It's just looking at the games we have left and saying, 'That's all we have.' We're only guaranteed three more games (overall), which is sad to say, but it's true," Sheley said. "But you can't really think about that when all you want to do is win."
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team used a balanced attack to dismantle Thief River Falls on Tuesday night, coming away with a big 77-45 victory. The Lumberjacks (14-6) got four players in double figures, paced by 18 points from Caden Rolfes and 17 from Linaes Whiting.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- In what felt like a must-win game, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team buckled down and survived for a 63-59 upset over Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. on Saturday. BSU (9-15, 7-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) trailed by as many as eight in the first half, but the Beavers used a 14-3 run to keep close and head into the locker room down just three, 40-37.
BEMIDJI -- On Senior Night for the Bemidji High School girls basketball team, it was the young guns of the “Chaos Group” that stole the show. With contributions all across the board, the Lumberjacks kept control from start to finish, resulting in a 81-71 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice at the BHS Gymnasium on Saturday. A 6-0 run gave the Storm (7-14) a one-point lead three minutes in, but then Bemidji (11-11) took off with authority.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team exploded in a big way Saturday afternoon, running away in the second half with a 67-50 victory over Anoka at the BHS Gymnasium. “We expected it to be a dogfight. They’re a 4A school, they play a big-school schedule. They’re one of the biggest high schools in Minnesota,” Lumberjack head coach Travis Peterson said. “We figured it would be a battle, and it really was until the last few minutes when we started getting a little more comfortable.”
MOORHEAD—A career night for Sierra Senske wasn't quite enough for an upset over No. 16 Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday night, but it did put her into a prestigious group in the Bemidji State women's basketball program. With the junior forward's old-fashioned three-point play late in the third quarter, Senske became the 20th member of BSU's 1,000 point club—joining Tatum Sheley and Aimee Pelzer as the third newcomer in four weeks. Despite her 20 points, however, the Beavers fell 88-56 to the Dragons in Moorhead.
MOORHEAD—The playoff chase for the Bemidji State men's basketball team took a big blow on Friday night, as the Beavers fell 102-78 to No. 24 Minnesota State Moorhead and lost crucial position in the conference standings. The loss, paired with victories by Minot State and U-Mary, puts BSU (9-15, 7-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) a game behind in the race for fourth in the NISC North with three games remaining.
BEMIDJI -- Although the Bemidji High School girls basketball team had its late comeback attempt fall short Thursday night to Detroit Lakes, head coach Steve Schreiber knew the difference in the 67-59 loss came much sooner. A six-point Lumberjack lead at halftime flipped into a nine point deficit thanks to a 15-0 Laker run to open the second half, and BHS couldn’t come back despite a desperate push in the game’s final minutes.