Wheelhouse and Scheff garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Wheelhouse and Scheff garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, Minn.) and Brody Scheff (Sr., S, Waconia, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Oct. 3-9.

Wheelhouse tallied six assists in two games at the Ohio State University Oct. 7-8. Wheelhouse set up three goals in each game of the Bemidji State women’s ice hockey team’s series as the Beavers went 0-1-1 to open the 2011-12 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)season. She assisted on two of the three goals BSU scored in acomeback second period Friday, elevating the Beavers into a 3-3 tie after being down 3-0 early. The two teams eventually tied 4-4 in overtime before OSU won a 1-0 shootout. Saturday, Wheelhouse assisted on the Beavers’ two third period goals to pull her club within one at 4-3 in a 5-3 setback.

Wheelhouse’s six assists in week two of the season comes shy of her season total of seven from the 2010-11 campaign. In addition to her six points, Wheelhouse was credited with six blocks in the series.

For her efforts, the WCHA named her Defensive Player of the Week.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the first of Wheelhouse’s career and marks the first occasion a member of the BSU women’s hockey team has been recognized during the 2011-12 campaign.

Scheff posted a career-high three interceptions, 11 tackles (six solo) and a sack (-5 yards) in the BSU football team’s 20-7 victory against Concordia-St. Paul. The three picks is the most by any NSIC player this season and is the first time a BSU player has recorded three or more interceptions in a game since Corey Brewer did so versus Wayne State College Nov. 6, 2004. His interceptions came at key spots and all in second half, earning two picks at the BSU five yard line and the other was in the end zone, thwarting a CU comeback. His third interception came with just 1:14 remaining in regulation, icing the Beaver victory. He has five picks this season to lead the league and sit tied for foutth in the nation. His sack was the second of the season.  

Scheff’s award marks the third time this season he has been selected for Beaver Pride’s weekly award, while it is the sixth consecutive week a member of the BSU football team has been honored.  In addition to Scheff (9/7, 9/27, 10/12), Lance Rongstad (Jr., QB, Eleva, Wis.) was selected for the award Sept. 7, Dustin Kroeplin (Jr., RB, Withee, Wis) Sept. 21 and last week’s honoree was Zach Pulkinen (So., K, Minot, N.D.).

In addition to Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week, Scheff was also named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week and D2Football.com National Defensive Player of the Week.

The No. 23 BSU football team, now 5-1 (4-1 NSIC, 0-1 NSIC North) for the first time since 2004, welcome Minnesota State University Moorhead to Chet Anderson Stadium Saturday for the ‘Battle for the Axe.’ The NSIC North match up is set for 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.

The Bemidji State women’s hockey team (1-1-2; 0-1-1-1 WCHA) are back in action this weekend as they travel to Orono, Maine to face the University of Maine in a two-game nonconference series.  Friday’s series-opener is set for a 6 p.m. opening face off, while Saturday’s match up will begin at 4 p.m.