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—Long before his basketball jersey ever said so, Arnie Johnson was destined for royalty. In the Bemidji winters of yesteryear, Johnson pioneered the first Bemidji State Teachers College dynasty. And nine years later, he and the Rochester Royals were kings of the basketball world. Meet Arnie Johnson: the only Beaver in NBA history.
BEMIDJI -- Wherever in the world it led him, Denmark’s Jacob Hoffman just wanted to play basketball. It’s required more than one leap of faith, but he’s getting his chance in Bemidji. “I started playing when I was 4 years old. So from a very early age, I knew I wanted to play basketball for a living, as much as I could,” the sophomore sharpshooter said. “When I was 10 or 11, I asked my aunt if I could come live with them in Atlanta. When I was 15, my dad granted me that opportunity.”
BEMIDJI -- Tearing an ACL was never part of the plan for Taylor Vold. But even in the aftermath of a devastating injury, neither was missing time with the Bemidji State women’s basketball team.
BEMIDJI—Months in advance of his Bemidji State graduation, Ben Skaar had his future all mapped out. Then he agreed to add a year-long detour to his journey. Skaar, a 2018 BSU grad with a degree in sport management, will be taking part in the World Race—an 11-month, 11-country mission trip through the Georgia-based Christian organization Adventures in Missions.
BEMIDJI—When it comes to water, any thirst for knowledge can be quenched at the Headwaters Science Center. The center is hosting the "We Are Water MN" exhibit and community engagement project, which offers a series of programs about Minnesota's cultural and literal connection to water. The traveling exhibit first arrived in Bemidji on Dec. 1, and it will continue on its eight-city tour after Jan. 13.
BEMIDJI—For the first time, Bemidji State is making an intentional effort across state lines. As part of its five-year strategic plan, BSU has added Muriel Kingery as an out-of-state recruiter for undergraduate, graduate, international, online and transfer students from across the United States. The role, which is a new position within the admissions office, is also meant to increase diversity among the student body.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team sure didn’t make things easy on itself on Saturday. But that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing in a 74-73 overtime win over Orono at the BHS Gymnasium as part of the Bemidji Invitational.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team kept perfect in convincing fashion on Friday. Behind an energetic second half, the Lumberjacks stormed away from St. Paul Johnson and picked up a solid 74-58 victory at the BHS Gymnasium to open up the Bemidji Invitational, moving to an unblemished 4-0 on the young season.
BEMIDJI -- It was a pick-your-poison kind of night for Thief River Falls against the Bemidji High School girls basketball team on Thursday. Everyone had their turn as four Lumberjacks put up 13-plus points, pioneering a balanced showcase in an 88-67 win at the BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Rylie Jones had never heard anybody chant her name before. She can’t say that anymore. Game-changing defense from the 6-foot-1 sophomore evoked deserving “Rylie! Rylie!” cheers in the closing minutes of Tuesday’s 71-58 win over Detroit Lakes for the Bemidji High School girls basketball team.