BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s Sarah Stram (F, So., Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and Blake Holder (WR, Fr., Steamwood, Ill.) have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after outstanding athletic performances during the week of Sept. 9-16.
Stram started all three of BSU’s games last week, while registering a team-high five shots on goal. Two of the shots on goal found the back of the net for Stram’s first two goals of the season. The first helped BSU win its conference opener over University of Minnesota Crookston, 3-1, Sept. 9 and the second was the game-winner against Northwest Missouri State University, 2-0, Sept. 14.
Stram now has nine goals in 23 career games for Bemidji State.
This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of the year for Stram and the BSU soccer team, however, it marks the second of her career. Stram was also selected for the weekly honor Oct. 2, 2013.
Holder posted a breakout game as a Beaver in BSU’s 52-19 loss against University of Sioux Falls Saturday, recording 177 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. He made seven receptions for a team-high 153 yards (21.9 yards per catch) and a score, which included a career-long reception of 81 yards that was a part of BSU’s 19-point third. Holder also returned one kickoff for 24 yards.
The Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award marks the first of Holder’s career and first for the BSU football team in 2014. Holder is the first BSU wide receiver to earn the weekly honor since former Beaver Justin Lee earned the honor Sept. 20, 2012.
The BSU football team, now 0-2 overall and 0-2 in NSIC play, return to action Saturday with a trip to Fayette, Iowa for a 6 p.m. interdivisional match up with Upper Iowa University.
The BSU soccer team (2-2; 1-0 NSIC) continues its eight-match string of road games to open the season traveling to Bismarck, N.D. Saturday for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle with University of Mary. Sunday the team will wrap up the weekend with a Sunday afternoon match at Minot State University.