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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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.
MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team narrowly missed out on an upset for the ages at Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday. The Beavers (2-11, 0-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) led for much of the game against an MSUM team that came in on a 10-game winning streak, but the Dragons (13-2, 9-0 NSIC) ultimately pulled away 62-54 to spoil any potential shockwaves sent out across the league by BSU.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team wasn’t making ends meet in a lackluster first half Thursday night. But fueled by a dominant second-half surge against Grand Rapids, the Lumberjacks powered a 26-point turnaround and flipped a 12-point deficit into a 75-61 win.
BEMIDJI -- The losing streak has hit double-digits on the Bemidji State women’s basketball team, but it’s not for lack of effort. “It’s really refreshing, as a coach, when you come to practice every day and they come to work hard for you,” BSU head coach Chelsea DeVille said. “After a game, I don’t ever question effort. For the majority of our group, they’re just busting their tail. That’s something that I’m really proud of.”
BEMIDJI -- A double-overtime loss isn’t easy to endure, but the Bemidji State men’s basketball team has to put it in the rearview mirror -- that’s the nature of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. “With the games, that’s how they’re set up. You’ve got to have short-term memory,” junior guard Ja Morgan said. “Just think about it (that) night and get it over with. Look at the film, learn from it and go from there.”
BEMIDJI -- Defense saved the day for the Bemidji High School boys hockey team on Tuesday. The Lumberjacks put up four goals against Crookston at the Bemidji Community Arena, but it was a shutout from Broc Waldhausen and a perfect penalty kill that made for some breathing room in the 4-0 win.
BEMIDJI -- With 208 total points, 15 ties, 15 lead changes and two overtimes, Saturday’s Bemidji State men’s basketball game against St. Cloud State featured everything but a partridge in a pear tree. For all of regulation and an overtime, neither team could gain a decisive edge. In the second overtime, however, the Huskies stormed off to snatch a 107-101 win at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team had a lot to like on Saturday. Shots were falling, the offense was rolling and the Beavers were holding their own against St. Cloud State. And then Tori Wortz decided it was time to take over. The SCSU sophomore guard dropped an absurd 40 points on the Beavers, claiming the game as her own and closing out a 74-56 win for the Huskies at the BSU Gymnasium.