BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team had five seniors, all of which have brought something different to the Beavers. BSUBeavers.com caught up with all five student-athletes late last week as they reflected on their careers at Bemidji State.
What is your most memorable team moment?
Michael Farrington (G, Milwaukee, Wis): When we were able to cut down the nets this year after sharing the NSIC North title. It’s something I’ll never forget.
Brock Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.): This year we were picked to finish 12th in the conference and we just won the NSIC North Title. We just grew over the season, came together as one and got the Ws.
Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.): It all starts at the beginning of my career. Me, Max, and Jake really didn’t play very much our freshman year until about the last six games, then we went on a 5-1 winning streak. I think the way we ended the season, that was probably my favorite part. We were at Winona State, being the underdog, and then Mason Walters goes down with a sprained ankle, so me and Max came in and we ended up winning the game.
Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.): I’d have to say the conference title that we won in 2012. We weren’t picked very high, once again, and we went through some awful conditioning that year and we really came together as a team and built a lot of chemistry. That just stands out to me and kind of shaped up how the year was going to be. We really played hard for each other and came together.
Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.): I think that the biggest things have been winning two conference championships. The whole 2011-2012 year was crazy and more than anything I could have expected coming in here. Then this year being able to duplicate that and have another great run. Those two stand out the most in my mind.
How about a personal accomplishment that stand out in your career?
MF: I’d say the game we had this year against Augustana, I had 11 assists and that was my first-career double-double. Everybody was making shots and it was an overall fun game, so that was probably my favorite moment and as a team moment too.
BT: I’ll never forget senior night. I got my first career start as a Beaver, came on the floor and got productive minutes, scored eight points and scored the first basket of the game. It’s going to be a moment that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.
ZN: Last year’s playoff game versus Winona State. The game was tied and there was like a minute left. There was a loose ball by the 3-point line, I picked it up, shot faked, did a little step back and hit the three to go up by three with like 40-some seconds left to seal the game.
MR: One that really stands out to me is in that 2012 year, we were playing Winona State at home to clinch the regular season conference title and their big man was having a pretty solid game. (Matt) Bowen kind of grabbed me off the bench and just throws me in there and tells me to go guard him, so that’s what I did. I think there was about a minute and a half left or so and he gets the ball on the block and he’s making his move, then I take a charge on him and we went down and drained a three. That was kind of a big swing right there for me personally, I’ll never forget that.
JS: There are a lot, but the most recent in my mind was against Northern State this season. I think it was a one possession game, with only a couple minutes to go and Zach made the extra pass back to me and I hit the three while getting fouled, then got up and celebrated with the team. It was a big shot to kind of open up the gap again and get it to a two-possession game. That was probably my most memorable.
Who has been the most influential person on your Bemidji State career?
MF: I’d say Coach (Mike) Boschee helped me a lot with things, on and off the court. Dermaine Crockrell has helped me out on the court with things I need to work on, he’s been there when I needed him for things going on off the court as well.
BT: First off, Bryce (Tesdahl) really helped me establish my career at BSU. Coming in he was a senior and I was freshman, he really pushed me to put my best effort on and off the floor. I really appreciate everything he did for me. Then also the coaching staff, Coach Bowen and Coach Boschee have really pushed me and made me a better player and I just really appreciate everything they have done for me.
ZN: There is a big group. At the start of my career it was Bowen, he kind of formed my game because as a post player, I still had a 3-point shot. Then I went over to North Carolina with my brothers and dropped about 25 pounds. They helped me get stronger, faster, better and then this year, Boschee has been a big influence. Calling me out and demanding more of me and I think I took that as a good sign.
MR: I’d say my teammates first of all. Me, Jake and Zach have been here for four years, we went through a freshman year that had some rough times. Seeing them grow as players and people, it really says a lot. We stuck to it, especially with Bowen, who did a lot for us, leaving for another coaching position and then Boschee coming in here and challenging us to be better players and people. He set goals for us and made sure we achieved those goals, it’s all been very inspiring and good for me.
JS: Everybody’s really had their piece. I don’t think there would be a “my career” at Bemidji State if I didn’t have my family back at home, so I think that’s probably step number one. The coaches played a huge role in recruiting me, developing me from my freshman year all the way up through today. Then there’s my teammates. You’ve got to have your friends and guys that back you up and always have your back. So it’s really been a combination of everybody at Bemidji State.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).