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

From Dan Bennett
BeaverPride_Dan_Bennett_0010   Dan Bennett
  Director of Annual Giving
Happy holidays from Beaver Pride and the Alumni B-Club! I want to say thank you to our generous donors and supporters. You have each made an incredible impact on our student-athletes over the past year. Because of your support we are able to keep providing them a quality experience on and off the field. Your support  truly exemplifies the generosity of Beaver Nation. As 2014 winds down, we are excited to see what 2015 will bring. Again, thank you for your loyal support to BSU Athletics.
Sanford Center to host BSU basketball
  Sanford Center
Bemidji State's home for hockey will undergo a transformation Jan. 16-17. Crews will exchange ice for hardcourt, and the Bemidji State men's and women's basketball teams will take over Sanford Center to host Minnesota State University, Mankato and Concordia University-St. Paul for a weekend of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. Tickets for the special event are available now and can be purchased in advance at the Sanford Center box office or calling by Tony at (218) 441-4018.
[read more] [Sanford Center] []
Track and field opens season Dec. 6
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  Nicole Szech
The Bemidji State track and field team will get a jump on the 2015 indoor season Dec. 5 when it travels to Duluth to complete in "The Opener." Craig Hougen, in his 26th year has head coach, has a roster featuring 25 student-athletes, including six Academic All-NSIC selections.
[read more] [2015 schedule]
BSU soccer earns academic honor
The Bemidji State soccer team, which carried a 3.31 cumulative team grade point average in 2013-14, was one of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 11 institutions and 585 women’s soccer teams from all collegiate levels to earn the National Soccer Coaches  Association of America College Team Academic Award.
[read more] []
Buy North Star College Cup tickets now
 North Star College Cup Logo
Join hockey fans from across the region at Xcel Energy Center Jan. 23-24 for the 2015 North Star College Cup. This year BSU, Minnesota, Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth will compete for the coveted North Star College Cup traveling trophy. BSU will face Minnesota Duluth to open the event at 4 p.m. Jan. 23, with Minnesota and Minnesota State to follow at 7 p.m. Friday's outcomes will determine Saturday's pairings and game times.

Beaver Hockey fans will make Patrick McGovern's Pub a home base for pre- and post-game gatherings.

Four-session ticket packages are just $80 and are available until Nov. 15 by calling Tony at (218) 441-4018. Your purchase will directly support BSU.
[read more] [Xcel Energy Center Box Office]
Women's hockey back in national polls
 14WIH_UMD1_0093_Celebration 2    Lauren Miller
Under the direction of first-year head coach Jim Scanlan, the Bemidji State women's hockey team is back in the national polls this season for the first time since January 2012. The Beavers 8-5-1  have been on the list since Nov. 17, when they debuted as No. 9.
[ poll] [USAToday poll]
Mark your calendar for the Hall of Fame
 2015 inductees
Bemidji State will induct six individuals and one team into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 21, as part of the Alumni B-Club/Athletic Hall of Fame Weekend. This year's induction class includes Ron Bornetun 1976-80, Bruce Ecklund 1980-83, Jim Scanlan 1978-82 and Kim (Babula) Zerr 1983-87, who will all be inducted as individual athletes. The newest selection for the Alumni Coaching Achievement Award is Gail (Hecimovich) Nucech 1967-69, and the 2015 John S. Glas Honorary Letter Winner is Joe Dunn. Click the links below to make arrangements to be here for all the festivities.
[read more] [more info] [hotel block info]
BSU has prosperous early signing period
Twenty-two high school standouts made official their intentions to attend Bemidji State and become a Beaver in 2015-16 during the NCAA's early signing period Nov. 12-19. Click on the individual sport links below to see the future of Beaver Athletics.
[women's basketball] [women's hockey] [softball] [volleyball] [track and field] [men's basketball] [men's golf] [men's hockey]
Stram and Szurek named all-region
  Sarah Stram
Bemidji State University soccer forward Sarah Stram  and midfielder Christine Szurek have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-Central Region Soccer Team. Stram earned a spot on the region’s second team, while Szurek was voted onto the third team.
[read more] []
Ten Beavers named football All-NSIC
  2014 football team
Bemidji State’s Blake Holder, Scott Christensen, Jesse Hein, Matthew Valentine, Troy Beckett, Colton Blascyk, Dan Kiebler, J.J. Reinke, Connor Quinn and Dylan Valentine have been selected for All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors.  Holder and Christensen were named First Team All-NSIC, while Hein, Matthew Valentine, Beckett, Blascyk, Kiebler, Reinke and Quinn collected second-team honors, and Dylan Valentine was named to the All-NSIC Honorable Mention team.
[read more] []
Make plans for the Hardwater Classic
14Hardwater_0023  2014 Hardwater Classic
The seventh annual Knife River Materials Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament is set for Saturday, Feb. 14, on Lake Bemidji. The public event offers more than $20,000 in prizes and serves as a fundraiser for Bemidji State athletic scholarships.
[read more] [registration form]
Cross country competes at regional
DSC_0175turnerregional72  Emily Turner
Junior Emily Turner led the Bemidji State cross country team to a 23rd place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division II Central Region Championship Nov. 22 in Wayne, Neb.
[read more] [results]

In this issue:

From Dan Bennett
Sanford Center hosts hoops
Track season is underway
NSCAA honors BSU soccer
North Star College Cup
Hockey returns to national polls
2015 Hall of Fame
Early signees
Stram and Szurek all-region
Football All-NSIC
Hardwater Classic
Cross country run regional


Upcoming events:

BSU's HOME athletic events only

3 -- Pursuit of Excellence (wih)
5 -- Beaver Pride Luncheon
5 -- St. Cloud State (wbb) (mbb)
5 -- Minnesota State (wih)
6 -- Minnesota Duluth (wbb) (mbb)
6 -- Minnesota State (wih)
12 -- Northern Michigan (mih)
13 -- Northern Michigan (mih)
19 -- Ohio State (wih)
20 -- Ohio State (wih)

2 -- Minot State (wbb) (mbb)
3 -- U-Mary (wbb) (mbb)
9 -- Beaver Pride Luncheon
9 -- Alabama Huntsville (mih)
10 -- Alabama Huntsville (mih)
16 -- Minnesota State (wbb) (mbb)
16 -- BSU Multi (tf)
17 -- Super 8 (tf)
17 -- Concordia-SP (wbb)(mbb)
23 -- Minnesota Duluth (mih) *
24 -- Minn./Minn. State (mih) *
30 -- Beaver Pride Luncheon
30 -- Bowling Green (mih)
31 -- Bowling Green (mih)

* at North Star College Cup

6 -- SW Minnesota State (wbb)
6 -- SW Minnesota State (mbb)
6 -- St. Cloud State (wih)
7 -- St. Cloud State (wih)
7 -- Sioux Falls (wbb)
7 -- Sioux Falls (mbb)
14 -- Hardwater Classic
19 -- BSU Twilight (tf)
20 -- Beaver Pride Luncheon
20 -- Minnesota (wih)
20 -- Alumni Meet (tf)
20 -- MSU Moorhead (wbb)
20 -- Alaska Anchorage (mih)
20 -- MSU Moorhead (mbb)
21 -- Minnesota (wih)
21 -- Northern State (wbb)
21 -- Northern State (mbb)
21 -- Alaska Anchorage (mih)
27 -- WCHA Playoffs (wih)
28 -- WCHA Playoffs (wih)
28 -- Sioux Falls (tn)


Save the date:

Jan. 16-17 -- BSU basketball at Sanford Centrer

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

June 10 -- B-100 Golf Tournament

June 19 -- Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament

July 17 -- Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament

July 25 -- Jeff McBride Memorial Golf Tournament

Aug. 22 -- Ed Sauer Golf Tournament

For the complete Bemidji State Athletics calendar, visit the composite schedule

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Athletics B-100 Golf Tournament Castle Highlands Golf Course
Jun 10
Athletics Gordy Skaar Golf Tournament Bemidji Town & Country Club
Jun 19, 7:30 a.m.
Athletics Galen Nagle Golf Tournament Bemidji Town & Country Club
Jul 17, 7:35 a.m.
Athletics Men's Basketball Golf Outing Menahga, Minn.
Jul 20, 11:00 a.m.
Athletics Jeff McBride Golf Tournament Oakdale, Minn.
Jul 25
Athletics Ed Sauer Golf Tournament Walker, Minn.
Aug 22, 11:00 a.m.
W Soccer Minnesota Crookston Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 3, 7:30 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Bemidji State Allendale, Mich.
Sep 4, 11:00 a.m. Ohio Dominican
Athletics Beaver Pride Luncheon Walnut Hall
Sep 4, 11:30 a.m.
Volleyball Bemidji State Allendale, Mich.
Sep 4, 3:30 p.m. Daemen
Volleyball Bemidji State Allendale, Mich.
Sep 5, 11:00 a.m. Grand Valley State
Volleyball Bemidji State Allendale, Mich.
Sep 5, 3:00 p.m. Carson-Newman
Football Augustana Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 5, 6:00 p.m. Bemidji State
W Soccer Bemidji State Marquette, Mich.
Sep 8, 1:00 p.m. Northern Michigan
W Golf Cobber Open Detroit Lakes, Minn. (Wildflower GC)
Sep 11
Volleyball Bemidji State Valley City, N.D.
Sep 11, 1:00 p.m. Valley City State
W Soccer Missouri Western State Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 11, 3:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Bemidji State Valley City, N.D.
Sep 11, 5:00 p.m. Dickinson State
Volleyball Bemidji State Jamestown, N.D.
Sep 12, 12:00 p.m. Great Falls
Volleyball Bemidji State Jamestown, N.D.
Sep 12, 4:00 p.m. Jamestown
Football Bemidji State Marshall, Minn.
Sep 12, 6:00 p.m. SW Minnesota State
W Soccer Northwest Missouri State Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 13, 12:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Northern Michigan Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 14, 12:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Bemidji State St. Cloud, Minn.
Sep 17, 7:00 p.m. St. Cloud State
Athletics Beaver Pride Luncheon Hampton Inn
Sep 18, 11:30 a.m.
W Golf Concordia-St. Paul Invite (Day 1) Lake Elmo, Minn.
Sep 19
W Soccer U-Mary Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 19, 1:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Minnesota Duluth Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 19, 2:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Football Winona State Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 19, 6:00 p.m. Bemidji State
W Golf Concordia-St. Paul Invite (Day 2) Lake Elmo, Minn.
Sep 20
W Soccer Minot State Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 20, 1:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Bemidji State Crookston, Minn.
Sep 22, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Crookston
Volleyball Bemidji State Minot, N.D.
Sep 25, 7:00 p.m. Minot State
W Soccer Minnesota State Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 25, 7:00 p.m. Bemidji State
W Ice Hockey Robert Morris Bemidji, Minn.
Sep 25, 7:07 p.m. Bemidji State
W Golf Mustang Invite (Day 1) Marshall, Minn.
Sep 26