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 Alexandria Blizzard gave their fans a scare on Saturday night, but Alex native Caleb Strong sent the Blizzard faithful home happy when he buried the game-winning shootout goal against New Ulm in their home opener at the Runestone Community Center.
The Parkers Prairie football team took care of business in a 46-22 win at New York Mills on Friday. The Panthers (3-4) took off in a hurry, turning a takeaway on the opening kickoff into an 11-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Johnson to Travis Yohnke. Yohnke doubled down soon after, picking up his second touchdown on a 17-yard run for a 12-0 advantage.
The Brandon-Evansville football team left no doubt Friday night. Back at home in hopes of ending a two-game losing streak, the Chargers routed Park Christian with a 50-0 win in Brandon.
The fate of Friday night’s football game rested in the hands of the Alexandria defense. Ahead 21-14 with seven seconds remaining, the Cardinals needed one final stop from the 11-yard line to upset Sauk Rapids-Rice at AAHS.
The Ashby-Destiny Academy volleyball team couldn’t get much going in a 3-0 home loss to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Monday. The Arrows (3-16) lost the first set 25-10, then stumbled in the second for a 25-5 loss. The Warriors (12-7) finished the sweep in the third behind a 25-13 score.
On a night when ice covered parts of the pitch, the Alexandria girls soccer team got burned by Fergus Falls. The fourth-seeded Cardinals played like the better team for much of the night at AAHS on Thursday, but the fifth-seeded Otters held onto a 1-1 tie through 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime in the Section 8A Tournament opener.
The Brandon-Evansville football team is keeping the big picture in mind in light of a 2-4 start to the season. “Our main goal is still in our sights,” Chargers head coach Tim Pattrin said. “Yes, it will be a tough road to get there, but it can happen.” B-E is coming off a 20-14 loss to Underwood (5-1) from a week ago -- its fourth six-point loss of the season -- but the Chargers remain optimistic heading into Friday’s home matchup against Park Christian.
Alexandria Area High School graduate Blake Bloedorn led his Minnesota State Community and Technical College men's golf team to the Region XIII and Minnesota College Athletic Conference championships on Oct. 1-2. The Fergus Falls-based Spartans won the tournament with a two-day total of 613 (308-305) at The Legend Golf Course in Biwabik, Minn., just edging out Southwest Tech (Wis.) by two strokes. The MCAC and Region XIII championships are the eighth in a row for MSCTC.
Anna Woidyla has turned a painful time into a cause to fight for. "I love doing it. I'm turning my personal experience into my passion," the 15-year-old said of raising awareness for dementia. "It's inspired me to keep going. People are seeing my dedication to it, and they're getting involved and getting motivated through that. That's why I started doing it, and it's what's keeping me going." On Jan. 9, 2017, she lost her grandmother, Doris Curtis, to dementia. Since then, Woidyla has worked to raise awareness and motivate others to get involved.
The West Central Area volleyball team swept by Hancock Tuesday night with a 3-0 win in Barrett. The Knights (9-11-1) shot out with a 25-15 win in the first set, and they stayed hot with 25-14 and 25-10 wins in the second and third sets, respectively, to finish off the Owls (1-17). “We had a really good night tonight coming off of a tough loss (on Monday,” WCA head coach Amy Linn said. “We played consistent volleyball and played together as a team.”