Bemidji State Players Honored at WCHA Banquet
Thursday, March 6, 2003

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team had eleven players honored at the 2002-03 Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s annual awards banquet tonight at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. Junior Anik Coté took home the WCHA Student Athlete of the Year award, freshman goaltender, Jill Luebke was named to the WCHA All-Rookie team, and nine Bemidji State players were named to the All-Academic team.

For the third-Straight year a Bemidji State women’s hockey player has been named as the WCHA Student Athlete of the Year. This season, Anik Cote received the league’s Student Athlete of the Year accolades. The Grand Falls, N.B. native is currently a junior at BSU majoring in biochemistry and is involved in a research project concerned with finding a more accurate method of quantifying the amount of capsaicin in peppers. Capsaicin is the organic molecule that gives peppers their hotness. Cote also spends 15-20 hours each week working in the institution’s chemistry stock room. An assistant captain, she spent time with an U-15 girls hockey team in Bemidji, Minn., and as an ambassador for women’s hockey in general speaking at the community’s Rotary Club.

On the ice this season Coté was 5-11-2 while recording a 3.11 goals-against average and .894 goals-against average.

Coté follows 2001 award winner Bre Dedrickson and 2002 selectee Guylaine Haché as BSU players honored with the Student Athlete of the Year award.

Jill Luebke also received honors by being named to the WCHA All-Rookie team. Luebke, a Neenah, Wis. native had a record of 2-3-5 in net for the Beavers during 2002-03. In 579:04 minutes between the pipes, she made 270 saves for a .885 save percentage and a 3.63 goals-against average. Luebke’s 35 goals allowed is the fewest goals allowed by any goaltender with more than 500 minutes played in the history of the Bemidji State women’s hockey program. She also tied Bre Dedrickson’s record for most ties in a season with five.

Luebke’s selection to the team was the second All-Rookie team selection. Amber Fryklund was named to the team at the close of the 2000-01 season.

Bemidji State University also had nine players named to the WCHA All-Academic Team. Andrea Carlson, St. Cloud, Minn., Anik Cote, Grand Falls, N.B., Guylaine Haché, Petit-Rocher, N.B., Betsy Hegland, Farmington, Minn., Alicia Kinsman, Priceville, Ont., Ashley Medori, Onoway, Alta., Lisa Peters, Steinbach, Man., Lill Raynard, Clifford, Ont., Jenny Schnickel, Coon Rapids, Minn.

To earn a position on the WCHA All-Academic Team, each player must meet the following criteria: 1). Must have completed at least one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to current academic year. 2). Have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the two previous semesters or three quarters. 3). Have completed in at least one-half of her institution’s varsity intercollegiate ice hockey games during the current season (goaltenders must have played in 33 percent of all games).

Other awards were also handed out at the banquet. Minnesota Duluth’s Jenny Potter was named WCHA Player of the Year, Minnesota’s Ronda Curtain was selected as the WCHA Defensive player of the year for the second-straight season, Natalie Darwitz of the University of Minnesota took home Rookie of the Year honors and UMD’s Shannon Miller and Mark Johnson from the University of Wisconsin shared the Coach of the Year distinction.

2002-03 All-WCHA First Team
Position Name School Yr. Hometown
Forward Jenny Potter Minnesota-Duluth Jr. Edina, Minn.
Forward Natalie Darwitz Minnesota Fr. Eagan, Minn.
Forward Caroline Ouellette Minnesota-Duluth So. Montreal, Quebec
Defense Krista McArthur Minnesota-Duluth Fr. Alliston, Ontario
Defense Ronda Curtin Minnesota Sr. Roseville, Minn.
Goaltender Shari Vogt Minnesota State Jr. Richmond, Minn.
Goaltender Jody Horak Minnesota So. Blaine, Minn.

2002-03 All-WCHA Second Team
Position Name School Yr. Hometown
Forward Maria Rooth Minnesota-Duluth Sr. Angelholm, Sweden
Forward Krissy Wendell Minnesota Fr. Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Forward Erika Holst Minnesota-Duluth Sr. Varberg, Sweden
Defense Sis Paulsen Wisconsin Sr. Eau Claire, Wis.
Defense Kerry Weiland Wisconsin Sr. Palmer, Alaska

2002-03 WCHA All-Rookie Team
Position Name School Yr. Hometown
Forward Krissy Wendell Minnesota Fr. Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Forward Natalie Darwitz Minnesota Fr. Eagan, Minn.
Forward Caroline Ouellette Minnesota-Duluth So. Montreal, Quebec
Defense Krista McArthur Minnesota-Duluth Fr. Alliston, Ontario
Defense Kelly Stewart St. Cloud State Fr. Toronto, Ontario
Goaltender Jill Luebke Bemidji State Fr. Neenah, Wis.

Voting for the WCHA awards was done by the conference head coaches and sports information directors.

The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Award was chosen solely by the head coaches, while the WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year was chosen by institutional representatives.

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