Beaver Pride names Arechigo and Kroeplin Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Beaver Pride names Arechigo and Kroeplin Athletes of the Week

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Hilary Arechigo (F, Fr., Monticello, Minn.) and Dustin Kroeplin (RB, Sr., Withee, Wis.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 1-8.

Arechigo led the Bemidji State soccer team to a 2-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) weekend Oct. 6-7. She logged her first collegiate goal Saturday to draw the Beavers into a 1-1 tie with Minnesota State University Moorhead in the finial minutes of the first half before adding an assist on Mary O'Brien's (F, So., Maplewood, Minn.) game-winning goal in the 69th minute. Entering the weekend with just one assist to her credit, the freshman tripled her scoring total.

Arechigo’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of her collegiate career, while it is the fourth for a member of the BSU soccer team in 2012.  She follows Jessie Voeller (F, Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) who was selected for the award Sept. 5, Sept. 26 honoree O’Brien and last week’s winner Sonja Barr (GK, So., Duluth, Minn.).

Kroeplin posted his first 100-plus yard game of the season in a 29-21 victory at University of Mary Oct. 6. He ran for 113 yards and a score in the game for his 10th 100-yard game of his career. The touchdown was his second of the season and 30th of his career to move into sole possession of third on BSU's all-time rushing touchdown list. He posted the 113 yards on a season-high 27 attempts – one shy of his career-high - for a 4.2 yards per carry average.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award marks the first of the season for Kroeplin, while it stands as the sixth time he has been recognized by the organization in his career. He was previously honored for excellence on the football field Sept. 21, 2011, Sept. 22 and Nov. 3 of the 2010 campaign, Sept. 2, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2009. It marks the fifth honor for the BSU football team in 2012, as Kroeplin follows Lance Rongstad (QB, Sr., Eleva, Wis.), the Sept. 5 and Oct. 3 honoree, Cory Crosby (Sr., LB, Cold Spring, Minn.) the Sept. 12 winner and Sept. 19 recipient Justin Lee (Sr., WR, Elgin, Ill.).

The BSU football team (3-3; 3-3 NSIC, 2-0 NSIC North) looks to make it three straight victories as it hosts Northern State University (3-3; 3-3 NSIC, 2-0 NSIC North) Oct. 13 at Chet Anderson Stadium in the annual Lion’s Vision Awareness Game at 1 p.m. Last season the Wolves stole a 14-0 win from the Beavers in Aberdeen, S.D.

The Bemidji State soccer team ranks third in the NSIC standings with a 9-2-1 overall and 7-1-1 mark in conference play. The Beavers were ranked No. 8 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Central Region Poll and close a four-game homestand against the regionally ranked No. 10 Upper Iowa University Peacocks Oct. 13 and No. 7 Winona State University Warriors Oct. 14. Both games are slated for a 1 p.m. start at the BSU Soccer Complex.

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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).