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 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.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team scored three points in Saturday’s third quarter against Northern State, sinking them into a 56-47 loss in Aberdeen, S.D. The third-quarter outage overshadowed a hot first frame from BSU (2-12, 0-10 NSIC). Despite spotting the Wolves (8-8, 5-5 NSIC) the first eight points, the Beavers knocked down five 3-pointers in the quarter and climbed within 18-15 through one.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Things got away from the Bemidji State men’s basketball team in a hurry on Saturday night. The Beavers fell victim to a 17-0 second-half run against Northern State, which blew open an eventual 73-53 loss in Aberdeen, S.D.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School wrestling team left little doubt that they were among the best at the Rick Lee Invitational over the past two days. The Lumberjacks wrapped up action at BHS on Saturday with three more wins, improving to 5-1 on the weekend and locking up fifth place in the 16-team field.
MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team couldn’t get over the hump in the second half to complete a 15-point comeback against Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday, falling 80-78 in the final seconds at Moorhead.