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August 2014 -- e-Newsletter of Bemidji State University Athletics 

From the Athletic Department
Folkestad_Brad72   Brad Folkestad

Next week, many Bemidji State athletic teams will return to campus to begin their respective fall training camps. The start of the 2014-15 academic year is Aug. 25 and the football opener is Sept. 6 at Wayne State . Whether you are ready or not, the next season of Beaver Athletics is here. We know people are busy and time is at a premium, so in an effort to engage and serve our dedicated fans, BSU Athletics is excited to announce Beaver Nation downloadable calendars. Fans can now integrate their favorite BSU teams schedules directly into their own electronic calendars. This free service is the same cutting-edge direct communication technology that has been implemented by many NFL, NBA and MLS teams. It's never been easier to make plans to support the Beavers. Click below or visit to download your schedules today.
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Football ticket packages on sale now
  Brady Schmidt
Single-game and multi-game ticket options for the 2014 Bemidji State football season are on sale now. BSU has partnered with the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pick-up Window to offer advance-sale ticket specials for all home games. BSU football fans can buy single-game tickets in advance and save $1 per ticket, while three- and six-game flex packages offer fans multi-game options and additional savings.
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NSIC cites BSU for sportsmanship
 2014sportsmanshipaward 2  Tracy Dill & Butch Raymond
For the third time in six years, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honored Bemidji State with the league's Sportsmanship Award. The 2013-14 honor, based on the sportsmanship of players, fans, staff and coaches, was selected by a vote by league coaches and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
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BSU mourns the loss of Joe Lueken
  Joe and Jan Lueken
Bemidji State Athletics recently joined BSU and the greater Bemidji region mourning the death of long-time Bemidji resident and businessman Joe Lueken. Lueken died July 20 after battling cancer. He was 72. He left behind an enduring legacy through his generous support for BSU Athletics, the university and its students.
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Leonhardt returns home as a Raider
  Brian Leonhardt
The beginning of the NFL season is an exciting time for many, but for Brian Leonhardt, a 2012 Bemidji State graduate and former Beaver tight end, the 2014 preseason opener marks a special homecoming. Leonhardt, who is in his second season with the Oakland Raiders, will be on the visitors sideline when the Vikings host the Raiders Friday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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BSU football tabbed third in NSIC North
  Scott Christensen  
The Bemidji State football team has been picked to finished third in the NSIC’s North Division and eighth overall in the 2014 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. In addition, BSU sophomore wide receiver and return specialist Juwaan Richard (Schaumberg, Ill.) and senior safety Scott Christensen (Stockbridge, Ga.) were recognized as preseason players to watch.
[read more]
BSU offers thank you to supporters
As we approach another year of Beaver Athletics, we want to recognize generous support of our faithful fans. Whether you contribute as a member of Beaver Pride, through a B-Club Challenge pledge, private donation or endowment, we thank you. Click the link below to see our supporters.
BSU track & field earns academic honor
The Bemidji State track and field team has been selected for United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team honors. BSU, which carried a 3.09 cumulative team grade point average in 2013-14, was one of 13 NSIC schools and 105 institutions around the country to be honored with this year’s all-academic award.
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Shrine Game festivities set for Sept. 13
Halftime_13FB_CSP_0096  2013 Shrine Game
Bemidji State's 2014 Shrine Game has been set for 6 p.m. Sept. 13 when the Beavers host the University of Sioux Falls. In addition to a free screening clinic for children with orthopedic conditions, burns and other physical deformities for possible treatment at Shiners' Hospitals, festivities surrounding the game include a parade, a halftime presentation and a visit from the Shrine clubs and leaders from across the country. You don't want to miss this special event.
Bellew adds seven to baseball roster
14BB_Winona1_0164_Bellew  Tim Bellew
Bemidji State head baseball coach Tim Bellew announced the addition of seven players to the roster for the 2015 season. The incoming freshman class features five pitchers, including  Ryan Hirt (LHP, 6-5, Bemidji, Minn.) and  Michael Herd (RHP, 6-5, Watertown, Minn.), who where both Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches’ Association All-State selections, and a pair of catchers.
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BSU duo to join Swedish pro league
  Tess Dusik
Tess Dusik (Oak Bluff, Man.) and Jessica Havel (Grand Rapids, Minn.), both 2014 graduates of Bemidji State and four-year letterwinners for the BSU women's hockey team, have inked professional contracts to play for Sweden’s Gothenburg HC in 2014-15. The duo joins Zuzana Tomcikova and Eva Schwaerzler as the only known former BSU women's hockey player to compete professionally.
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Miller adds four to men's golf roster
  Ekren Miller
Bemidji State men’s golf coach Ekren Miller announced the addition of incoming freshman Derek Ambrosie (Moorhead, Minn.), Boston Boylan (Forest Lake, Minn.) and Kyle Thompson (Aitkin, Minn.) as well as junior college transfer Robert Goff (Fargo, N.D.) to the BSU golf program for the 2014-15 season. The quartet brings the Beavers' roster to 12 for the coming season.
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Harms gets taste of the NHL
  Brendan Harms
Brendan Harms (Steinbach, Man.) turned heads last season, logging seven goals and 14 assists as a freshman to finish fourth on the Bemidji State men’s ice hockey team in scoring. His impact was enough to earn an invitation to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets 2014 Development Camp July 7-11.
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NABC honors BSU pair for academics
  Brock Tesdal and
  Jake Schalow
BSU men’s basketball student-athletes Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) and Brock Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) are among a record 895 players to earn the National Association of Basketball Coaches' 2014 Honors Court award recognizing the talents and gifts on the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
[read more]
Basketball schedules set for 2014-15
The Bemidji State women's and men's  coaching staffs have been busy this summer constructing the most entertaining basketball seasons possible. Mike Curfman's 2014-15 women's basketball schedule features a pair of exhibition games versus NCAA Division I opponents and a total of 12 regular-season home contests, while Mike Boschee and the BSU men's team sets out to defend its 2013-14 NSIC North Division title, hosting 15 home games, including 11 against its conference opponents.
[women's schedule] [men's schedule]

In this issue:

From BSU Athletics
Football ticket options
NSIC Sportsmanship Award
BSU mourns loss of Lueken
Leonhardt returns as a Raider
Football tabbed third in North
Donor thank you
USTFCCCA Academic Award
Shrine game
Baseball commitments
BSU duo ink hockey contracts
Golf roster additions
Harms gets taste of the NHL
NABC Academic Award
BSU releases hoops schedules

Upcoming events:

BSU's HOME athletic events only

23 -- Ed Sauer Memorial Golf Tournament
23 -- The Babe Run (XC)
30 -- Alumni Game (SOC)

4 -- Community Appreciation Day
5 -- Greenwood Run (XC)
6 -- BSU Invitational (MG)
7 -- BSU Invitational (MG)
12 -- Beaver Pride Luncheon
13 -- Sioux Falls (FB)
        (Shrine Game)
16 -- Augustana (VB)
18 -- Club/Suite Holder         Appreciation Night
26 -- BSU Invitational (WG)
27 -- Minnesota State (FB)

Save the date:

Oct. 8 -- Serratore Spaghetti Dinner

Oct. 10 -- BSU-UND men's        hockey fan bus to Grand Forks

Oct. 12-19 -- Homecoming Week

Jan. 23-24 -- North Star College Cup

Feb. 14 -- 7th Annual Knife River Materials Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament

Feb. 20-22 -- B-Club/Athletic Hall of Fame Weekend

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