Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team will open its 2018-19 regular season with a marquee matchup against two-time defending national champion Clarkson this September. The Beavers will play 34 regular season games in 2018-19, their 21st season as a program, with 24 games in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.
BEMIDJI -- Tuesday’s cold snap couldn’t keep the bats frozen for long in the Bemidji High School softball team’s home doubleheader with Virginia. Though the cold temperatures initially stifled both offenses through the first two innings of the day, the bats quickly came to life in the ensuing innings as the Lumberjacks took a 12-8 win in game one before capturing an 8-7 victory in the late contest.
BEMIDJI -- A group of Bemidjians want to “Help Humboldt Heal.” That’s the name of a local fundraising effort that hopes to bring a pee wee hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, to Bemidji for the annual Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament this December. The small Canadian town experienced tragedy recently with the April 6 bus crash of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team that left 16 people dead and 13 injured.
BEMIDJI -- Blake Holder will have not one, but two opportunities to prove himself to NFL teams in the coming weeks. The former Bemidji State wide receiver accepted rookie minicamp invitations from the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans Saturday night.
BEMIDJI -- Alexandra Ripka accounted for a team-high six RBIs as the Bemidji State softball team hit its way to a doubleheader sweep of Southwest Minnesota State Saturday afternoon at the BSU Softball Field. The Beavers scored a combined 18 runs to win by scores of 8-4 and 10-8 to pick up their first sweep of the season in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
BEMIDJI -- Former Bemidji State offensive linemen Jake Krause and Brandon Schindler each accepted rookie minicamp invitations from NFL teams Saturday evening. Krause accepted an invite from the Kansas City Chiefs, and Schindler from the Indianapolis Colts.
BEMIDJI -- No lead was safe at the BSU Baseball Field Wednesday afternoon. Trailing by six runs entering the sixth inning in the first game of the day’s doubleheader, Bemidji State batted around and hung seven runs on the University of Mary for the 10-9 comeback win. The Marauders returned the favor in the second game, rallying from a five-run deficit for a 9-7 victory and the series split.
BEMIDJI -- On Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota Duluth showed why the program received votes in the latest Division II softball rankings and is in second place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Bulldogs held off Bemidji State 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before erupting for 12 runs in the seventh inning of game two to capture the sweep with a 14-2 victory.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji High School has its new volleyball head coach, and it didn’t have to look far. Alicia Kriens has been hired to coach the Lumberjacks, the school announced Friday. Kriens is entering her 13th season as a coach in the Bemidji volleyball community, with experience ranging from the Junior Olympic program to BHS, where she has been an assistant coach for the last four seasons.
BEMIDJI -- It took almost three hours, but after 12 innings and 36 combined hits, Brooke Phillips connected for the walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning to earn the 7-6 victory Thursday and split the doubleheader with Minnesota Crookston at Chet Anderson Stadium.