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 -- 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.
BEMIDJI -- If anybody missed the first dominant run on Friday night, the Bemidji High School girls basketball team made sure to add an encore. The Lumberjacks opened their game against Sauk Rapids-Rice with a 19-0 run, and then they finished the first half on a 17-0 run. The two flurries served as the biggest selling points in an 87-43 rout from the BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- In what had been a tightly contested game, Minnesota Duluth dashed away from the Bemidji State men’s basketball team late with a silencing 11-0 run, paving the way for a 72-57 win over the Beavers at the BSU Gymnasium on Friday. The two teams traded blows for much of the first half, alternating between four leads and nine ties throughout the opening 20 minutes. Neither team built an advantage of more than one possession, ultimately bringing on a 34-32 UMD edge at the break.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team could hardly buy a bucket on an ice-cold night from the BSU Gymnasium, which resulted in a 60-40 loss to Minnesota Duluth on Friday. The Beavers (2-9, 0-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) shot 13-for-47 (27.7 percent) for the game, including 7-for-36 (19.4 percent) over the first three quarters.
BEMIDJI -- Even though its lead was sliced in half within the blink of an eye, the Bemidji High School boys hockey team showcased a composed third period to ride out a 4-2 win over St. Cloud at the Bemidji Community Arena on Thursday. “We’ve given up two quick goals like that throughout the year, and it’s really hurt us,” BHS head coach Eric Monsrud said of a second-period swing. “Our kids answered in the third period. We didn’t let anything else past us.”
BEMIDJI -- Early this season, Max Bjorklund had a limited role for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team. But he’s made the most of his chances, which is beginning to pay off. “We’re always ready,” the freshman guard said. “… When our name is called, we’re always ready to get out there.”
BEMIDJI -- A year ago, a newcomer named Brooklyn Bachmann broke onto the scene with the Bemidji State women’s basketball team. Now that she’s no longer an unknown on opposing scouting reports, though, the sophomore guard has needed a fresh mentality.
CROOKSTON -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team had no answer for Harrison Cleary and Minnesota Crookston on Sunday. Cleary dropped 33 points on 13-for-22 shooting, leading the Golden Eagles to a smooth-sailing 71-52 win over the Beavers in Crookston.