Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.
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The University of Minnesota honored longtime civil rights leader Josie Robinson Johnson at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Monday, and John House of Melby played an integral role in the ceremony. House, a well-known artist around the region, created the portrait of Johnson, who was celebrated for her relentless drive for equality. Johnson was also honored on Monday with a new fellowship in her tribute to support Humphrey graduate students who are focused on fighting racial injustices.
Whether it was the finesse of the first period or the physicality of the third, the Alexandria Blizzard had no trouble keeping up with Willmar in a 6-0 win at the Runestone Community Center on Friday night. “I think we’re one of the top teams in the league,” Alexandria forward Tanner Frerichs said. “The physically, our defensemen mainly step up on the physicality side. And with the finesse game, we’re not bad that way, either.”
Playoff season is upon the area’s football teams, and the road to the state tournament has been laid out. Alexandria Alexandria’s win over Moorhead in the regular season finale helped earn them the No. 3 seed in the Section 8-5A Tournament. The Cardinals (3-5) earned the bye granted to the top three teams in the section, meaning Alex will match up with No. 2 Brainerd at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Brainerd.
The Osakis volleyball team opened up Thursday’s Sartell-St. Stephen Tournament on the right foot, but it didn’t translate into success for the remainder of the day. The Silverstreaks took care of business with a 2-0 (25-16, 25-15) win over Hibbing to kick off the tourney, but three straight losses ended Osakis’ bid for a longer run of victories.
Luke Imdieke compiled a career night with the Osakis football team on Wednesday by racking up over 270 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in a 30-28 comeback win at Montevideo.
Tanner Bitzan made sure Hancock knew where they were playing on Wednesday night. “We protect this house,” the junior said of Brandon-Evansville football’s home turf. “Nobody comes in here and beats us here. We try to do everything we can do to keep that going.”
Erika Roderick wasn’t picky Tuesday night. “I can trust my teammates and we can always work together,” she said. “We were communicating really well tonight. The passes were getting up, and I was able to run different plays. My hitters were going up confident. It’s really fun to see.” The junior setter spread the wealth all around the floor for the Alexandria volleyball team, leading the Cardinals to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-9) sweep over Fergus Falls at AAHS.
The West Central Area volleyball team closed the regular season in Parkers Prairie on Monday, falling by a 3-0 final to end the regular season 9-12-1. The Knights kept closer following a 25-15 first set, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a sweep after the 25-23 and 25-22 second and third sets.
The Alexandria boys soccer team saw its season come to a close on Saturday, as the sixth-seeded Cardinals fell 4-0 to second-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 8A quarterfinals in St. Cloud. The Crusaders (15-3) pelted Alex keeper Zach Wosepka all night long. Wosepka stopped 23 shots for the Cardinals (5-13), but four bled through for goals. Sean Haak managed three shots to pace Alex, but the Cards’ seven shots as a team weren’t enough to keep up with the St. Cloud Cathedral attack.
The West Central Area-Ashby football team took down Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 36-13 Friday night in Long Prairie behind another stout defensive effort. The Knights (4-3) gave up just 162 yards over 42 plays, good for a 3.9 yards-per-play average. Additionally, the running defense surrendered just 40 yards on 17 rushes. WCA-A gave up four first downs on the game while forcing three turnovers.