Beaver Pride honors Sautbine and Walters as Athletes of the Week
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Beaver Pride honors Sautbine and Walters as Athletes of the Week

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University student-athletes Taylor Sautbine (Sr., Tamarack, Minn.) and Mason Walters (F, 6-7, Sr., Milton, Wis.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 18-24.

Sautbine, a senior, set a new school record to finish seventh in the 60-meter dash at the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Indoor Championships Feb. 22 at Myers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minn.

Sautbine shattered the BSU 60-meter record in the preliminary round of the race. Her time of 7.88 seconds qualified her seventh for the finals of the event and shaved .09 from Kristi Buerkle’s 2011 school mark.

Including her school-record heptathlon performance (3,134 points) in the NSIC Multi-Event Championships Feb. 9, Sautbine accounted for five of the Beavers’ 11 team points at the 2013 indoor conference championships.

Sautbine’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the third of the senior’s indoor season, while it stands as the fourth time a member of the track and field team has been honored by the organization during the 2012-13 campaign. Sautbine was also selected for the honor Dec. 12 and Feb. 13.

Walters averaged 17.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game, as the Beavers went 2-0 at home to close the regular season schedule. He posted back-to-back double-doubles to increase his season total to nine and rank second in the NSIC. Walters brought down 13 rebounds Friday to tie his career-high, then recorded a career-best 15 rebounds Saturday. With 34 points on the weekend, the senior became the 17th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. His 28 rebounds moved him to ninth all-time at Bemidji State with 468 career rebounds. On the weekend he posted a 33.3 percentage from the field and went a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line in 37.0 minutes per game.

Averaging 13.6 points per game this season, Walters is second on the team in scoring. He also leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game.

This week’s award marks the fourth of the season for Walters and the ninth for a member of the BSU men’s basketball team. He follows Lance Rongstad (Feb. 6 and Jan. 23), Zach Noreen (Nov. 21 and Dec. 5) and Dermaine Crockrell (Feb. 13). Walters was also selected for the award Dec. 12, Jan. 16 and Jan. 30.

The BSU men’s basketball team, now 16-11 overall and 13-9 in NSIC play, used a 71-54 victory over Wayne State College Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at No. 21 Winona State University. Opening tip off is slated for 6 p.m. at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minn.

The BSU track and field team now awaits the outdoor portion of the 2013 track and field campaign, which begins at the Hamline Invitational in St. Paul, Minn. April 6.

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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).