Tomcikova and Ellisor named Bemidji State Student-Athletes of the Year
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tomcikova and Ellisor named Bemidji State Student-Athletes of the Year

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) and James Ellisor (Sr., Glendale, Ariz.) were named as the 2011-12 Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year as a part of the BSU Student-Athlete Appreciation Banquet Thursday at Sanford Center. The duo of All-America performers were selected from a pool of nominated student-athletes from the University’s 15 intercollegiate sport programs.

In addition, Rachel Craig (Fr., Wadena, Minn.) of the volleyball team and men’s basketball standout Dermaine Crockrell (Jr., Mesa, Ariz.) were selected BSU’s 2011-12 Female and Male Newcomers of the Year.

In all, more than 60 seniors were recognized in addition to public recognition of BSU’s top academic teams of the year, it’s men’s hockey and cross country programs and BSU’s seven NSIC/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award winners, with the presentation of the student-athletes and newcomers of the year, serving as the culminating event of the program.

Zuzana Tomcikova - Ice Hockey (Sr., G, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Athletic Accomplishments: CCM Second Team All-American as selected by ACHA... First-Team All-WCHA... Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee... Two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 5 and Feb. 15)... Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week (Feb. 15)... She led all WCHA goaltenders in saves (853) while posting a 2.23 goals against average, a .932 save percentage, four shutouts and a career-high 13 wins... Two of her shutouts came against ranked foes, University of Minnesota Duluth and Providence College... Tomcikova earned All-WCHA honors in all four of her seasons at Bemidji State, including a WCHA Co-Player of the Year nod following the 2009-10 campaign... She finished her stint at BSU as the all-time leader in games played (118), minutes played (6945:05), saves (3,518), save percentage (.929), goals against average (2.32), wins (41) and shutouts (18)... In addition, Tomcikova is also ranked second all-time in saves in WCHA history... She also finished her career ranked in the WCHA for games played (second), minutes played (third) and career shutouts (tied for third)... Tomcikova’s career saves total places her third all-time in NCAA record books.

Academic Accomplishments: 3.52 GPA in mass communication... BSU Dean’s List... BSU Athletics 3.0 Club... WCHA Scholar Athlete... WCHA All-Academic Team member.

BSU/Community Service and Involvement: BSU Athletics elementary school partnership... Heartland Skate-a-thon participant... Bemidji Soup Kitchen volunteer.

James Ellisor - Basketball (Sr., F, Glendale, Ariz.)
Daktronics NCAA Division II Ron Lenz National Player of the Year... Daktronics First Team All-America... NABC All-America Team... Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year... Daktronics First Team All-Central Region... NABC Coaches’ Division II All-Central District First Team... NSIC Player of the Year... First Team All-NSIC... Four-time NSIC Player of the Week (Nov. 21, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Feb. 27)... Seven-time Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week (Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and Feb. 29)... In two seasons at Bemidji State, Ellisor amassed 1,129 career points to rank 13th on BSU’s career points list and become the 15th player at BSU to reach the 1,000 point plateau... In 2011-12, he scored 30 points on five occasions and logged 18 20-plus point games, en route to 680 total points to set the BSU mark for points in a single season, including the final three games of the regular season to guide the Beavers to their first NSIC Regular-Season Championship since 2003-04... Ellisor knocked down 251 shots from the field and 144 free throws to establish the school’s single-season mark in both categories... He also brought down 202 rebounds (6.5 rpg) to rank ninth on BSU’s single-season chart... He completed his senior season averaging 21.9 points per game to rank No. 3 nationally... He led the NSIC in scoring with 22.9 points per contest... His 504 total points in league play established a new conference record for points in a season, while his 182 field goals made also placed his name atop the NSIC single-season list... Posted a career-high 34 points on three different occasions to tie for the league’s top single-game performance in the 22-game NSIC schedule... The senior led the NSIC in 3-point percentage (57.8 percent) and ranked in the top 10 in the NSIC in minutes per game (2nd, 33.86 mpg), field goal percentage (4th, 59.3%), free throw percentage (6th, 87.7%) and rebounds per game (9th, 6.0 rpg).

Academic Accomplishments: 2.87 GPA in sport management... BSU Dean’s List... BSU Athletics 3.0 Club... Academic All-NSIC.

BSU/Community Service and Involvement: BSU Athletics elementary school partnership... Shrine parade participant... United Way “Coats for the Community” volunteer... Bemidji Bombers practice helper... United Way Chili Cook off participant.

Rachel Craig - Volleyball (Fr., MB, Wadena, Minn.)
Had an immediate impact on the BSU volleyball team as a freshman... Started each of BSU’s 28 matches in 2011... Led the team with hitting a percentage of .231 (175k-72a-445ta) and in blocking with 15bs-41ba=56 (0.58 bpg)... She also finished fourth on the team with 175 kills (1.82kpg)... She added 30 digs (0.31dpg) and 12 assists (0.12apg)... Was a consistent focus of opposing team’s game planning.

Academic Accomplishments: 4.0 GPA in business administration... President’s List... BSU’s Dean’s List... BSU Athletics 3.0 Club.

Dermaine Crockrell - Basketball (Jr., G, Mesa, Ariz.)
NSIC Newcomer of the Year... NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week (Feb. 6)... Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week (Feb. 8)... Started 21 games for the 2012 NSIC Champion BSU basketball team... Finished the season scoring an average of 12.2 points per game, pulled down 4.5 rebounds per game and dished out 1.7 assists per game... He posted four 20-point performances, which included a season-high 27 at Minnesota Duluth (Feb. 4)... Finished the conference season second on the team and 23rd in the NSIC in scoring with 12.7 points per game... He added 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.9 minutes per game. He shot 52.1 percent from the field to rank 15th in the league and posted a 44.0 percent clip from beyond the arc that ranked ninth in the conference play.

Academic Accomplishments: 3.40 GPA in exercise science.

BSU/Community Service and Involvement: BSU Athletics elementary school partnership... Shrine parade participant... United Way “Coats for the Community” volunteer... United Way Chili Cook off participant.


Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., competes at the NCAA Division I and II levels and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

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