Pioneer Staff Report
ROSEAU -- The Bemidji High School girls hockey team may have been distracted Tuesday night by the prospect of playing outdoors as part of Hockey Day Minnesota. The Lumberjacks were thumped 14-1 by Roseau in a road contest. The Rams scored eight goals in the first period en route to the blowout victory. Gracie Fisher buried the Lumberjacks’ lone goal of the night. Eva Laituri assisted on the power-play goal that made it 6-1 at the 9:44 mark of the first period.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Lumberjack wrestling team faced off in a four-team quadrangular meet Tuesday that included Brainerd, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus and Hibbing. Bemidji struggled at the start, falling to Brainerd 42-25, however, the Lumberjacks would bounce back by beating Hibbing 61-12. A strong win by Peter Moen with a 5-1 decision helped propel Bemidji to the victory.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Bemidji boys swimming and diving team beat Thief River Falls by a total team score of 118-50. The Lumberjacks were propelled by a standout performance in the 200-yard medley relay. The Lumberjacks would go on to take both first (2:10.08) and second (2:10.59) in the event. The 400 free relay teams also swept the top two spots, finishing with times of 3:53.31 and 3:55.47.
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team bested Grand Rapids by a score of 69-59 Tuesday night. The Lumberjacks started off slow in the first half, keeping the game in reach for the Thunderhawks. That all changed once the second half arrived as the Lumberjacks offense caught a spark and would go on to assume a 16-point lead at one point in the second half.
BEMIDJI -- Three members of the Bemidji State football team were selected to the 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team, which was released Tuesday. Senior defensive back Gunner Olszewski earned two spots on the list as a first-team selection at safety and a third-team selection as a kick return specialist. Senior center Parker Blakeslee and junior offensive guard Nick Niemi each landed on the third-team offense.
BEMIDJI -- Sophomore Lydia Passolt has been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Forward of the Week for her three-point performance in the Bemidji State women’s hockey team’s series against Minnesota Duluth last weekend. Passolt provided the Beavers (8-14-1, 5-8-1-0 WCHA) with two goals and one assist to tie for third in league scoring for the weekend.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Friday-Monday: Sexual Assault 7:25 p.m. Saturday, a deputy took a report of the possible sexual assault of a minor in Solway. DWI 3:33 a.m. Saturday, a 30-year-old woman was arrested near the intersection of Highway 71 and Balsam Road for DWI. Fire 7:02 p.m. Monday, a deputy responded to a vehicle on fire in the 5200 block of Theater Lane NW. Disorderly Conduct
BEMIDJI -- The MS Connections Support Group will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Education Room A at the Sanford Medical Center, 1300 Anne St. NW. Refreshments will be served. The support group meets monthly and is open to those living with MS and their caregivers. Guests this month are local MS walk coordinator, Cathleen Stevens, joined by Jill Yost. They will discuss the Bemidji MS walk and changes coming to this year's event.
Bemidji State University and the Sanford Center hosted the Sixth Annual Native Nations Night on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. The event was billed as "A Night to Honor the Native Peoples and Heritage of the Bemidji Region." Prior to the game was a flag song with the colors posted by the Leech Lake Honor Guard. Pictured are Red Lake District Councilor Robert Smith (left) and Leech Lake Council Secretary/Treasurer Archie LaRose conducting the ceremonial puck drop. White Earth did not send a representative this year.
Posner named to President's List at MSCTC FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Rachael Posner of Bemidji recently was named to the President's List at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. A total of 636 students were named to the list, in which students must complete 12 or more college-level credits for the fall semester and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Bemidji students named to ATCC Dean's List