Hanks, Peterson Honored on NSIC Awards List
Thursday, May 13, 2004
May 13, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Bemidji State University seniors Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) and Kristin Peterson (Hayfield, Minn.) were recognized on the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Honor Student-Athlete Award Winners list, announced by the league offices today. Each league institution was represented on the Honor list.

The student-athlete awards were named in conjunction with the 2004 Britton and Kelly Scholar-Athlete Awards. The Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence recognizes the NSIC’s top male student-athlete and the Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence is handed out to the league’s top female student-athlete.

Baron Blanchard, a senior wrestler at Northern State, is tabbed the Britton award winner. Kristin Peterson, a senior cross country and track athlete at Northern State, is the Kelly award recipient.

Hanks, whose accolades include 2003-04 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-America Team and 2003-04 Street & Smith’s Preseason Honorable Mention All-America Team, became the 2003-04 BSU Male Student-Athlete of the Year earlier this month. “Buster” ranked 17th in field goal percentage (.591) and 33rd in scoring (20.5 ppg) in the NCAA his senior season. Currently playing for the United States Basketball League’s Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs, Hanks became the 13th 1,000-point scorer in school history as he finished second on the BSU Career Scoring List with 1,613 points. A 10-time NSIC Player of the Week career recipient, Hanks wrapped up his Beaver career fifth with 600 lifetime rebounds and his 55.0 percent career field goal mark ranks first in school record books.

Peterson, a four-year letter winner for the Beaver volleyball team, was a 2003 NSIC All-Conference Honorable Mention selection. She recorded 360 season kills, which was seventh-best in school history and the most for a Beaver since 1999. The two-time All-NSIC Academic honoree etched her name in the BSU career record books in six categories: sixth for total attempts (2,824), seventh for kills (917), ninth in digs (923), tied for 10th in service aces (136), 13th for games played (367) and 17th in block assists (113).