Barr and Scheff garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Barr and Scheff garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Sonja Barr (Fr., GK, Duluth, Minn.) and Brody Scheff (Sr., S, Waconia, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Sept. 19-25.

Barr made the first two starts of her collegiate career Sept. 24 and 25 leading the Beavers to a 1-1-0 road trip. Saturday, the newcomer made five saves in 99 minutes of play to earn her first collegiate victory, shutting out Upper Iowa University 1-0 in overtime. Sunday she turned away four Winona State shots, but allowed one goal as the Warriors edged BSU 1-0. She finished the weekend with a .900 save percentage, with a .476 goals against average and nine saves. She is 1-1-0 on the season.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the first of Barr’s career and marks the third occasion a member of the BSU soccer team has been recognized during the 2011-12 campaign, as senior Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) was selected Sept. 14 and Abby Kjonaas (Sr., GK, Fargo, N.D.) Sept. 21.

Scheff recorded 19 tackles (seven solo) in the 26-23 loss to No. 11 Minnesota Duluth Saturday. The 19 tackles in the game is the most by any defensive player in the NSIC this season. It also marks a career-high for the senior, while his solo tackles total tied a career-high. He added his first career sack that pushed the UMD offense back three yards.

His 39 tackles (14s-25a) leads the team, ranks fourth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and 42nd in the nation in tackles per game (9.8 tkls/gm).

Scheff’s award marks the second of the season (Sept. 7) and his career, while it is the fourth of the 2011-12 season for a member of the BSU football team. He follows Lance Rongstad (Jr., QB, Eleva, Wis.) and Dustin Kroeplin (Jr., RB, Withee, Wis.), who earned the award Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, respectfully.

The Beavers, now 3-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in NSIC play, return home to host St. Cloud State University Oct. 1 in the team’s 2011 home opener. Oct. 2, Concordia University, St. Paul will be at the BSU Soccer Field to challenge the Beavers on Parents’ Day.  Both matches are set to begin at 1 p.m.

The Beaver (3-1, 2-1 NSIC) football team hits the road to Upper Iowa University Oct. 1 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate North versus South match-up. The game in Fayette, Iowa is set for 1 p.m. at Eb Eischeid Stadium.