Kjonaas and Kroeplin garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Kjonaas and Kroeplin garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Abby Kjonaas (Sr., GK, Fargo, N.D.) and Dustin Kroeplin (Jr., RB, Withee, Wis.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Sept. 12-18.

Kjonaas posted a pair of shutouts leading the Beavers to a record of 1-0-1 against University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead Sept. 17-18, recording a total of 16 saves, while holding both opponents scoreless. She turned away four Minnesota, Crookston shots in Saturday’s 2-0 victory before making 12 saves in a 110-minute, double-overtime, scoreless tie at MSU Moorhead Sunday. The 12-save effort matches a career high.

Including her back-to-back shutouts, Kjonaas has now held opponents scoreless for 246:16 straight minutes dating back to Sept. 11. Kjonaas is 2-3-1 on the season.  She leads the league in shutouts (2), while she is fifth among her NSIC counterparts in both goals against average (1.11) and saves (40) averaging 6.67 saves per game. She has four career shutouts. Her efforts also earned her Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection is the first of Kjonaas’ career and marks the second occasion a member of the BSU soccer team has been recognized during the 2011-12 campaign, as senior Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) was selected Sept. 14.

Kroeplin led the Bemidji State rushing attack that went for 437 yards and six touchdowns in the 41-10 victory against Southwest Minnesota State University Sept. 17 by rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Kroeplin ran 19 times and averaged 8.7 yards per carry in his second career 150-yard plus game. Kroeplin’s 165 yards ranks as the second most by an NSIC player this season. The rushing performance by BSU was the most since 453 yards were piled up Sept. 16, 1989 against Northwestern (Minn.), which stands as BSU’s program record.  

Kroeplin’s award marks the fifth of his career and third of the 2011-12 season for a member of the BSU football team. He follows Lance Rongstad (Jr., QB, Eleva, Wis.) and Brody Scheff (Sr., S, Waconia, Minn.), who earned the award Sept. 14 and Sept. 7, respectfully.

The Bemidji State soccer team wraps up is eight-match road swing to open 2011 this weekend as it travels south for a pair of NSIC contests. Saturday, the Beavers head to Fayette, Iowa to battle Upper Iowa University at 1 p.m. The following afternoon (Sept. 25), the team will be in Winona, Minn. to take on Winona State University for another 1 p.m. match.

The No. 24 Beaver (3-0, 2-0 NSIC) football team welcomes No. 11 University of Minnesota Duluth to Chet Anderson Stadium Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. to open NSIC North play.