Wednesday, September 28, 2011

North Star Conference Players of the Week

The North Star Football Conference has announced the Player of the Week
awards for this past week’s games.

East Division award winners are: Jeff Flicklinger (Pillager) was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week, Brad Kusper (Blackduck) was named the
Defensive Player of the Week and Kyler LaVine (Bagley) was chosen as the
Special Teams Player of the Week.

West Division honorees include: Avery Fairbanks (Mahnomen) as the
Offensive Player of the Week, Tyler Ziegler (Frazee) selected as the
Defensive Player of the Week and Mason Swegarden (Lake Park-Audubon) was named the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Jeff Flicklinger carried the ball 6 times for 116 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also intercepted a pass for a touchdown as Pillager defeated Lake of the

Brad Kusper once again led his team’s defensive efforts with 18 tackles and one blocked kick in a loss against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley / Laporte.

Kyler LaVine had an 80 yard return for a touchdown as the Flyers defeated Pine River-Backus.

Other outstanding efforts in the East Division were turned in by: Tim
Conger (Bagley), Cody Beach (Pillager), and Chance Halverson (Bagley).

In the West Division, Avery Fairbanks had 14 carries for 110 yards including a 56 yard run against a very tough Warren-Alvarado-Oslo defense.
Mahnomen remained undefeated with their win.

Tyler Ziegler had 6 solo tackles, 4 assists and a sack in the Hornets win over Red Lake County. Tyler has an incredible work ethic and was instrumental in his team’s success.

Mason Swegarden went 6 for 6 on extra points on Friday night. Previously, he had only made 2 of 8 attempts.

Additional outstanding performances for the West Division from Friday
night include: Cody Piper (Frazee), Jacob Hedstrom (Mahnomen), Matt
Pepper (Lake Park-Audubon), Bruce Lemon (Frazee), and Jake Pavek

Monday, September 26, 2011

Single-day Ice Breaker Tournament tickets on sale Tuesday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota Athletics Department announced today that single-day tickets for the 2011 Ice Breaker Tournament will go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m.

The Ice Breaker Tournament, hosted by UND in conjunction with College Hockey, Inc., and Ralph Engelstad Arena, takes place Oct. 7-8 and also includes Boston College, Michigan State and Air Force.

Friday’s games feature Boston College against Michigan State at 4:07 p.m. and UND against Air Force at 7:37 p.m. Saturday’s games will feature winner vs. winner and loser vs. loser. UND will play at 7:37 p.m. on Saturday regardless of Friday’s outcome. The other Saturday game will begin at 4:07 p.m.

All single-day tickets include both games played that day and cost $40 (adult), $25 (children), and $17 (UND student) each. All seats are reserved.
Fans can purchase their tickets online at, in person at the UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 800.745.3000.

The UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

St. Cloud State, Western Michigan Accept Invitations to Join NCHC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Western Michigan University and St. Cloud State University today accepted invitations to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

In separate news conferences held on their respective campuses, Western Michigan and St. Cloud State announced they would join founding members Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota in the new Division I men’s hockey conference when it begins play in the 2013-14 season.

The Western Michigan announcement was made by University Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard who was joined by Head Coach Andy Murray and Miami University Athletic Director Brad Bates, who represented the Conference. The St. Cloud State acceptance was announced by University President Dr. Earl H. Potter III who was joined by Head Coach Bob Motzko and Brian Faison, North Dakota Athletic Director and the Conference’s Athletic Directors Committee spokesman.

“This is a great day for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference to have these two outstanding institutions accept the invitations to become members of what we believe will be the premier college hockey conference in the United States,” ; said Faison. “St. Cloud State and Western Michigan will add a great deal to The National and we are very pleased to welcome them.”

“For us to align ourselves with the some of the most storied programs in Division I college hockey provides the opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and our terrific fan base to be at the forefront of the sport that allows us to pursue our goal of competing and winning at the highest level,” said Beauregard.

“We are delighted to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference,” Potter said. “We believe that the conference’s strength of play and commitment to college hockey and student-athletes is strong and deep and we look forward to an exciting future with The National.”

For the next two years, Western Michigan will continue playing in the Central Collegiate Hockey Conference and St. Cloud State will continue competing in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference.

In addition to advancing its membership process, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference has been conducting a national search for its first commissioner and expects to have its top executive in place by the end of the calendar year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

North Star Conference Announces Weekly Football Awards

The North Star Football Conference has announced the Players of the Week awards for the third week.

In the West Division, Chase Zeller from Lake Park-Audubon earned Offensive Player of the Week, Colton Laymon from Warren-Alvarado-Oslo garnered Defensive Player of the Week and Tyler Wacker from Frazee earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award.

For the East Division, Matt Doss from Pillager was named Offensive Player of the Week and Derek Sonenstahl from Pine River-Backus earned Defensive Player of the Week.

Chase Zeller, a senior, carried the ball 28 times for 225 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. LP-A was trainling in the game 29-6 when Chase ran the ball for 3 touchdowns and 170 yards in a little over 7 minutes of play. LP-A defeated Frazee, 36-29, on the back ofZeller’s performance.

Junior, Colton Laymon, led the way for the W-A-O team with his defensive effort. Laymon had 4 solo tackles, 2 assists with 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. Turnovers were the difference for W-A-O’s victory over Red Lake County and Colton was a big part of 3 of the 5 turnovers the Ponies recovered.

Tyler Wacker, a junior, had some outstanding plays on special teams for the Frazee Hornets during their hard fought game against Lake Park-Audubon. Tyler is a young player who has had to step up and play defense as well as be the number 1 field goal kicker all year. Tyler went 3 for 3 on extra points during the game.

Senior, Matthew Doss, led Pillager to a victory over Bagley last Friday evening. Matt completed 14 of 22 passes for 256 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 38-24 win over the previously unbeaten Flyers.

Derek Sonenstahl led the Pine River defense in their victory over Cass lake-Bena. The senior recorded 6 solo tackles and 6 assisted tackles for the game.

Other outstanding performances for last week were turned in by: Zach Riopelle (Warren- Alvarado-Oslo), Tate Moser (Fertile-Beltrami), Dan Janu (Frazee), Jacob Hedstrom (Mahnomen), Cody Piper (Frazee), Nathan Holm (Pine River-Backus), Kris Skersick (Bagley), and Lucas Thompson (Bagley).
Currently, Pine River-Backus leads the East Division with a 3-0 record and there is a log jam at the top of the West Division with Fertile-Beltrami, Mahnomen and Warren- Alvarado-Oslo all with 3-0 starts.

Monday, September 19, 2011

UMC Football Travels to Moorhead for a Homecoming Clash with the Dragons

(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Football team travels to MSU Moorhead this Saturday, September 24 for an MSUM Homecoming matchup with the Dragons. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Alex Nemzek Field.

Minnesota, Crookston (1-2, 0-2 NSIC)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Football team trav¬eled to Mankato, Minn. to play the Mavericks in an NSIC contest on Saturday. Minnesota State used a stiff breeze, solid defense and strong special teams to shorten the field for the offense. Minne¬sota State had drives of 25, 17, 19, 26, 92 and 39 yards to help them to a 42-0 NSIC victory. The Golden Eagle offense was led today by Richard Haley (RB, 6-0, 205, Jr., Detroit, Mich.) who rushed 25 times for 87 yards. He scampered for a long of 22 yards and averaged 3.5 yards/rush. Cody Hendrickson (DB, 5-10, 185, Sr., Wright, Minn.) led the Golden Eagle defense and all players with 10 (5 assisted, 5 unassisted) tackles. The UMC defense also intercepted two MSU passes in the contest.

Minnesota State, Moorhead (1-2, 0-2 NSIC)- Upper Iowa bolted to a 7-0 getaway on the game’s first play, a 26-yard return of a fumble by Tony Leggett. It marked the third straight game the Dragons have been struck by lightning, sur¬rendering a touchdown in the first minute of play. . . Kevin Koch completed 13 of 21 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns while E’boni Lucious-West (99) and Brandon Thompson (91) combined for 190 rush¬ing yards in the 45-31 road loss to Upper Iowa. Kendall Hendon and Sean Mar¬lowe caught touchdown passes while Thompson and Lucious-West provided rushing TDs. Kevin Koch has completed 50 of 78 passes for 598 yards and a sparkling percentage of .641 in three starts. Kendall Hendon tops the receiving chart with 19 catches for 301 yards and four touchdowns, and has averaged 25.3 yards on kickoff returns as well. . . Wes Kramer delivered a 24-yard field goal against Upper Iowa, his second in four tries. Kramer has been perfect in nine extra point attempts as well.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bemidji State hockey single-game tickets go on sale Friday

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Department of Athletics has announced that single game tickets for the 2011-12 BSU men’s hockey season will go on sale Friday (Sept. 16) at 10 a.m.

Adult tickets range from $21-$41 per game and can be purchased at the Sanford Center Box Office, at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Bemidji State is set to host 19 home games this season.

The Beavers lift the lid on their 56th season of play Oct. 2 as they host an exhibition game versus University of Regina. The exhibition comes
just one day after the Beavers officially kick off the season with their first practice and marks the first time BSU has hosted the Cougars since
the 2006-07 campaign.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

North Star Football Conference Honors Players of

(September 12, 2011)The North Star Football Conference has announced the Player of the Week award winners for the second week of the season.

The East Division honorees include:
Offensive Player of the Week – Kris Skersick from Bagley High School
Defensive Player of the Week – Brad Kusper from Blackduck High School
Special Teams Player of the Week – Kurt Kent from Pine River-Backus High School.

The West Division winners include:
Offensive Player of the Week – Lucas Solie from Fertile- Beltrami High School
Defensive Player of the Week – Garrett Schmitz from Red Lake County
Special Teams Player of the Week – Josh Erickson, also from Fertile- Beltrami High School.

Kris Skersick (Sr.) rushed for 152 yards in 9 carries. He had touchdown runs of 45 yards and 25 yards. He led the Flyers to a 43-0 win over Cass Lake-Bena.

Brad Kusper (Jr.) collected 15 total tackles during the Drakes loss to Pillager. Kusper had 7 solo tackles and 8 assists for the night.

Kurt Kent (Jr.) went 4 for 4 on extra point kicks. He also tallied 260 yards during his 6 kickoffs as PR-B defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte 36-6.

Lucas Solie (Sr.) racked up 103 yards on 13 carries. Solie scored 3 touchdowns as the Falcons defeated Lake Park-Audubon 27-14.

Garrett Schmitz (Sr.) from Red Lake County continues his outstanding play. Schmitz was recognized as the West Division Offensive Player of the Week last Week. This week, he earned the Defensive honors with 6 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for his team as they defeated Fosston 36-20.

Josh Erickson (Sr.) hit 3 of 5 kickoffs for touchbacks and added 3 of 4 on extra point attempts as F-B defeated LP-A 27-14.

Other outstanding performances in the conference were turned in by Jarrett Stockman (Pine River-Backus), Trevor Willberg (Bagley), Tyler George (Bagley) and Dan Janu (Frazee).

Conference Action this week has: Bagley at Pillager, Blackduck at Lake of the Woods, Pine River-Backus at Cass Lake-Bena, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte at Mahnomen, Fosston at Fertile-Beltrami, Lake Park-Audubon at Frazee, and Warren- Alvarado-Oslo at Red Lake County.

Monday, September 12, 2011

2011-12 UND Athletics calendars now on sale

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – the 2011-12 UND Athletics Calendars, are on sale now.

UND once again is partnering with Valley Dairy. Each calendar costs $1.00, available exclusively at all nine Valley Dairy locations throughout Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, as well as the Valley Dairy Car Wash on 36th Ave. South, and the Sioux Shop at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The proceeds generated from sales will help fund UND Athletics impact scholarships.

"Valley Dairy is again making a real impact for UND Athletics with this year's athletics calendar," said UND Director of Athletics Brian Faison.

"Valley Dairy is honored to team with UND again this year with their athletics calendar, and we are excited that all the funds generated from the sale will support UND athletics scholarships," said Monica Musich, president of Valdak Corporation.

Sophomore Ellen Krueger (pronounced ‘kreeger’), a setter on the Sioux volleyball team, is the 2011-12 recipient of the impact scholarship generated by sales of last year’s calendars.

Calendars are available only while supplies last.

UMC Football travels to Mankato this Saturday

(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Football team
looks to recover from a tough 35-24 loss to Wayne State College as the
team travels to Minnesota State, Mankato this Saturday, September 17 to
play the Mavericks. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Last weekend the
Mavericks defeated Northern State 32-10.

*Minnesota, Crookston (1-1, 0-1 NSIC)-*Minnesota, Crookston was led for
the second time this season by running back *Richard Haley (RB, 6-0,
205, Jr., Detroit, Mich.) *rushed 30 times for 154 yards and one score
to lead all running backs in the game. He busted a long rush of 55 yards
and averaged 5.1 yards/carry. He led all NSIC runningbacks in yards on
Saturday and now leads all players on the season by 184 yards in 60
attempts. Defensively, *Tevin Kellum (DB, 6-1, 195, Jr., Detroit,
Mich.)* had an outstanding day against the Wildcats. He tallied a
game-high 13 tackles of which nine were solo, good for third place
overall on the weekend in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles travel to
Minnesota State, Mankato on Saturday, September 17 to take on the
Mavericks. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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*Minnesota State, Mankato (0-1, 0-0 NSIC)- *Redshirt Freshman running
back Andy Pfieffer, Mankato Minn./ West (6-0, 195) became MSU's first
100-yard carrier of the season as he rushed 14 times for 111 yards in
MSU's win over Northern State Saturday. Pfieffer, who had a run of 53
yards in the win, averaged 7.9 yards per carry. His 53-yard scamper was
the fifth-longest rush by a Maverick under head coach Todd Hoffner.
Junior linebacker Marcus Hall-Oliver (Omaha,
Neb./Central/Nebraska-Omaha) led all Maverick tacklers with seven stops
in Saturday's win over Northern State, four of which were solo.
Hall-Oliver also recorded an interception and had half a tackle for a
loss. Senior Jon Daniels 70-yard touchdown pass to senior LaMark Brown
marked the fourth longest passing play under head coach Todd Hoffner and
the longest since Will Brogan connected Dennis Carter on an 80-yard
touchdown a on Oct. 9, 2010 against St. Cloud State... MSU had four
scoring drives Saturday of 70 yards or more, scoring touchdowns on
drives of 76, 80, 70 yards and kicking a field goal on a 71-yard
drive...MSU has won their last five home openers.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at .

Follow the Golden Eagles on Facebook at /Golden Eagle Sports /and on
Twitter at /@UMCAthletics./

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is an NCAA Division II
Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
(NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bemidji State hockey student season tickets go on sale Monday

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The ice is in at Sanford Center and the 2011-12 hockey season is less than one month away so its time to secure your seat in the Bemidji State University Beaver Dam student section. Student hockey season tickets go on sale Monday at 6 a.m. at the Hobson Memorial Union Information Desk on the campus of Bemidji State University.

Student season tickets are $60 in 2011-12 and include a Beaver Dam Fan Club membership, T-shirt and a general admission seat in the BSU student section at each of the men’s and women’s 2011-12 home games. Students can only purchase one season ticket and must be present, with a valid student ID, at the time of purchase.

The festivities get underway at 10 p.m. Sunday evening.

Those dedicated and determined enough are invited to the Beaux Arts Ballroom, located in the Upper Hobson Memorial Union, to sign up and stake their claim to a spot in line to purchase season tickets. Once there, students will be logged onto a priority list. Overnight, door prizes and raffles will be held in addition to other activities. Before tickets go on sale at 6 a.m. the priority list will be used to determine the order of ticket purchases.

The BSU women open the 2011-12 campaign Sept. 23 when they host the Thunder Bay Queens for a 7 p.m. exhibition. A week later the Beavers officially kick off their regular season schedule as they welcome Providence College for a non-conference series.

The Bemidji State men’s hockey team will open the 2011-12 season Oct. 2 when it hosts the University of Regina in exhibition play. The team
then hits the road for a non-conference series at Miami University (Ohio) Oct. 7-8. before returning to Bemidji, Minn. Oct. 21-22 to officially
draw the curtain on the home portion of its schedule with a two-game WCHA set versus Michigan Tech.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

North Star Football Conference Honors Outstanding Performances from Week One

(September 6, 2011)The North Star Football Conference has announced the Player of the Week honors for the first week of the high school football action. The East Division honorees include: Offensive Player of the Week – Nathan Holm, Defensive Player of the Week – Kaine Lundmark and Special Teams Player of the Week – Kyler LaVine. West Division winners are: Offensive Player of the Week Garrett Schmitz, Defensive Player of the Week – Lucas Littlewolf, and Special Teams Player of the Week – Brad Schmalenberg.

Nathan Holm (Sr.) from Pine River – Backus High School rushed the ball
for 82 yards on 13 carries. Holm also was 8 of 13 passing with three
touchdowns and no interceptions. Nathan lead his team to a 21-0 victory
over Fosston.

Kaine Lundmark (Sr.) from Bagley High School led the defense with 6 solo
tackles and 1 sack for a loss. The Flyers defeated the Frazee Hornets 34-6.
Kyler LaVine (Jr.) from Bagley High School had an outstanding night on the
Flyers return team. LaVine had 2 returns for 10 yards. He also had a
kickoff return for a touchdown that was called back on a penalty.

Garrett Schmitz (Sr.) from Red Lake County carried the ball 10 times for
164 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added 1 catch for 28 yards and a
touchdown in the 30-0 win over Lake of the Woods High School.

Lucas Littlewolf (Sr.) from Mahnomen High school had a stellar defensive
effort. He had 4 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles. Littlewolf also added a 39 yard interception return for a touchdown in the 35-0 win over Pillager.

Brad Schmalenberg (Sr.) from Fertile-Beltrami had 2 punt returns for 76
yards including a 68 yard return for a touchdown in a 55-6 win over

Other outstanding efforts for the week were turned in by: Avery Fairbanks
(Sr., Mahnomen HS), Chase Zeller (Sr., Lake Park – Audubon HS), Andrew
Lansing (Sr., Warren-Alvarado-Oslo HS), Nate Renner (Jr., Lake Park-
Audubon HS), and Kris Skersick (Sr., Bagley HS).

The North Star Football Conference began official conference play for the
2011-12 school year. East Division teams include: Bagley, Blackduck, Cass
Lake – Bena, Lake of the Woods, Pillager, Pine River – Backus, and
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Laporte. West Division teams are: Fertile –
Beltrami, Fosston, Frazee, Lake Park – Audubon, Mahnomen, Red Lake
County, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo

UMC Volleyball Travels to MSU Moorhead for Theraldson Classic

(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston volleyball team opened the 2011 season with a 3-1 record at the Lynn University Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. The Golden Eagles placed two players on the all-tournament squad. Freshman outside hitter Brittany Looker (OH, 5-10, Fr., Rochester, Minn.) amassed a tournament-high 63 kills while averaging just under five kills per set. Libero Chelsea Wiesner (DS, 5-8, So., Rochester, Minn.) helped Crookston to a 3-1 record in the tournament and her 47 digs earned her a place on the all-tournament team as well.

Minnesota, Crookston (3-1, 0-0 NSIC)- Looker made her Golden Eagle Volleyball debut in grand fashion last weekend at the Lynn University Invite in Boca Raton, Fla. Looker helped lead Minnesota, Crookston to a 3-1 tournament record and was a leader on the Golden Eagle offense. She led all attackers with 63 kills in 13 sets for a 4.85 kill/set average. She finished with a solid .319 attack percentage and was second on the team with six service aces. Defensively she was tied for third on the team with 21 digs and finished third on the team with nine total blocks on the weekend. Following weekend play, Looker was named to the All-Tournament team. Setter Kelsey Matykowski (S, 5-7, Jr., Sun Prairie, Wis.) finished the weekend with 114 assists, good for an 8.77 assists/set average. She added a team-high eight service aces and tallied 23 defensive digs.

The Golden Eagles will play NSIC teams in non-conference action. On Friday, September 9, UMC plays Augustana College (2-2) at 10:30 a.m. and Northern State University (2-2) at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 10, the Golden Eagles play Minot State University at 12:30 p.m. and St. Cloud State University (2-2) at 5:30 p.m. All matches will be held at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on the MSU Moorhead campus.

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Third annual Sioux Fan Fest set for Sept. 10 at Ralph Engelstad Arena

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota department of athletics is proud to announce that the third annual Sioux Fan Fest, presented by the Midco Sports Network, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ice level in the main arena.

The Fighting Sioux men’s and women’s hockey teams will be in attendance and will take part in autograph sessions, a skills station (for 8th-graders and younger) and question-and-answer sessions on the media stage.

A free lunch will be provided to fans courtesy of the Midco Sports Network, and the first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive a free Fighting Sioux and Midco Sports Net acrylic mug. One lucky fan will also be selected to win a 32-inch, high definition television.

Other fun-filled activities include:
· Get your picture taken with the MacNaughton Cup and Broadmoor Trophy!
· Take part in the Sioux Kids Club activities area or sign up if you’re not already a member! While you’re there, register and learn more about Sioux Crew and the Fighting Sioux Club.
· Sign up for the chance to ride the Zamboni at men’s and women’s hockey games!
· Pick up FREE promotional items such as schedule posters and pocket schedules!
· Hit up the grab-bag stations. For only $3 fans can purchase a grab bag full of Sioux memorabilia. Random bags will be stuffed with tickets to men’s and women’s hockey games.

Friday, September 2, 2011

BSU soccer opens 2011 season on long road swing

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team officially breaks the seal on the 2011 season this weekend as it hits the road for a pair of matches that carry regional weight. The Beavers will travel to Houghton, Mich. to battle Michigan Technological University (MTU)Saturday at 1 p.m. before making their way to Marquette. Mich. for a 1 p.m. tilt versus Northern Michigan University (NMU) Sunday.

MTU returns 17 players from a 2010 campaign during which they finished 1-10-0 overall and 5-10-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Sophomore forward Melanie Hoffman leads the offense. She scored five goals last year--all of which were game-winners--a year ago.

NMU is coming off its most successful season in school history. Last season, the team posted an overall record of 9-6-5 and an earned a NCAA tournament bid. This year the team is 0-0-1 after a double overtime tie with University of Minnesota Duluth Thursday and is led by junior forward Amelia Johnson, who ranked second on the team in scoring in 2010 posting nine goals for 18 points.

The road trip to the Upper Peninsula will be an early-season test for BSU. Not only will the Beavers face a pair of solid regional opponents, the trip also give BSU a chance to test its road legs, something the 2011 team will have to get used to very quickly. Bemidji State opens the 2011 campaign playing its first eight regular season games on the road, including a Sept. 9 neutral site meeting with Colorado School of Mines. That feat will set a new program mark for consecutive road matches to open a season, topping the 2003 team which BSU played seven road games to open the campaign.

The Beavers are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history. The 2010 squad set a program record for wins in a season with an overall record of 14-4-1, while finishing third in the NSIC with a mark of 9-3-1 in league play. A major key to their success a year ago was a 6-2-1 record on the road.

Bemidji State returns nine players with starting experience from the 2010 season including, the entire midfield, and back line. Senior midfielder Bri Scanlan (East Grand Forks, Minn.) and senior goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Fargo, N.D.) were named as NSIC Players to Watch in the 2011 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ poll.

Scanlan was an NSIC All-Academic selection a year ago. She netted a career-high five goals, including three game-winners, in 19 games for the Beavers. The senior came into her own down the stretch scoring three goals in the Beavers’ final five regular-season games. She returns as the most established scorer on the Beavers’ 2011 roster having tallied nine goals (three of which were game-winners) and nine assists in her previous three seasons.

Kjonaas has gained valuable experience in spot starts throughout her career and is poised to take the team on her back in 2011 as the starting goalkeeper. A year ago she played in five games, starting four, posted a 3-0-1 record and a team-best .897 save percentage.

Head Coach Jim Stone begins his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team. He has posted an overall record of 88-73-17 (.542) and is riding a streak of six season with at least a .500 winning percentage.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lindsay Whalen Named Western Conference Player of the Month

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen its Western Conference Player of the Month for August. Whalen, won earns the monthly award for the first time in her career, is the third different Lynx player to earn the month ly honor this season, joining Rebekkah Brunson (June) and Seimone Augustus (July).

Over 13 games in August, Whalen averaged 14.2 points and 5.8 assists per game, both tops among Western Conference point guards. Whalen hit on 50.7 percent of her shots over the month, leading the Lynx to an 11-2 record. Whalen registered double-figure scoring nights in 11 of 13 games (9-2) and 5+ assists 10 times this month (9-1). Whalen’s month was highlighted by a season-best 24-point, nine-assist outing in an 84-78 Lynx win at Los Angeles on August 7. The 2011 WNBA All-Star closed out her month with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting as the Lynx defeated Washington Tuesday night, 73-56.

Highlights of Whalen’s month include:
August 7 at Los Angeles: Scored a season-high 24 points and dished out eight assists in Minnesota’s 84-78 win at Los Angeles.
August 12 at Chicago: Registered 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting as the Lynx won their single-season franchise record eighth road win of the season.
August 16 at Connecticut: Totaled 16 of her 20 points in the second quarter in a loss to Connecticut. The 16 points were two off Seimone Augustus’ franchise record for points in a quarter (18).
August 26 at San Antonio: Dished out nine assists to go along with 14 points as the Lynx defeated San Antonio 85-75.
August 30 vs. Washington: Poured in 17 of her 21 points in the first half in Minnesota’s 73-56 win over Washington. Whalen made her first nine shots of the floor and finished 10-of-12 shooting.

Now in her eighth year in the WNBA, Whalen is enjoying perhaps the best season of her career. Through 30 games, she is averaging career highs in scoring (14.3 ppg), assists (5.8 apg), field goal percentage (.521) and three-point field goal accuracy (.436). Whalen, who earlier this season became the sixth player in the WNBA history to record 3,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists, leads the WNBA in assists per game, and is first among all guards in field goal percentage (fifth-best in the league). If Whalen were to finish the season averaging 14.0 points and 6.0 assists per game, she would become just the second player in WNBA history to accomplish that feat over a full season. Whalen needs just nine assists over her last four games to beak her career high and the Lynx franchise record for assists in a single season (184, 2010).

The Lynx, winners of six straight and 17 out of their last 19, can clinch the best overall record in the WNBA and home court advantage through the 2011 WNBA Playoffs with a win Friday night vs. New York. Tip at Target Center is set for 7:00 pm. With four games remaining, the Lynx (24-6) have a chance of tying the single-season WNBA record for wins (28 – Los Angeles, 2001 and 2002; Seattle, 2010).

Lower-level single-game tickets to Friday night’s game and the Western Conference Semifinals can be purchased for as low as $10. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for as little as $8. Tickets can be purchased by calling 612-673-8400, visiting the Lynx website at and stopping by the Target Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-WNBA-TIX (962-2849).