BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University midfielder Tiffany VanHaaften (Sr., Chaska, Minn.) and first baseman/pitcher Logan Kalis (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) were named 2013-14 Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year as a part of the Beaver Nation Celebration athletic appreciation banquet Thursday at the BSU Gymnasium. The duo of All-NSIC athletes were selected from a pool of nominated student-athletes from the University’s 15 intercollegiate sport programs.
In addition, Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba) of the women’s hockey team team and men’s basketball standout Brock Lutes (Jr., Portland, Ore.) were selected BSU’s 2013-14 Female and Male Newcomers of the Year, while Kelly Blair (So., International Falls, Minn.), Rachel Craig (Jr., Wadena, Minn.), Emily Turner (So., Windom, Minn.) and Reid Mimmack (So., Brainerd, Minn.) picked up Female and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
In all, nearly 50 seniors were recognized in addition to public recognition of BSU’s top academic teams of the year, it’s men’s hockey and women’s golf programs, BSU’s three NSIC/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award winners and Volunteer of the Year Kevin Waldhausen, with the presentation of the student-athletes and newcomers of the year, serving as the culminating event of the program.
Tiffany VanHaaften – Soccer (Senior, Midfield, Chaska, Minn.)
A 2013-14 recipient of the prestigious NSIC/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction award, VanHaaften was a force in the midfield for the Beavers’ soccer program both offensively and defensively over the course of the last four seasons. Since 2009, VanHaaften has logged 11 goals and nine assists for 31 points in 69 games played and 62 starts. A defensive-minded midfielder, VanHaaften also contributed to 27 shutouts by the Beavers. The Chaska, Minn. native left the program tied for fifth all-time with five career game-winning goals. As a senior in 2013, VanHaaften was fifth on the team with 10 points, included a career-high four goals and a team-leading three game-winning goals. VanHaaften is a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection and a two-time College Division Capitol One/CoSIDA Academic All-District pick and earned a spot on the 2013 NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team.
Logan Kalis – Baseball (Senior, 1B/RHP/OF, Little Falls, Minn.)
Kalis capped his Bemidji State baseball career in 2013 as Third Team Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-American. The All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team and Daktronics All-Central Region First Team in 2012 and 2013, he went .364 at the plate to finish 16th in the NSIC during the regular season. After helping the Beavers to the NSIC Tournament Championship, Kalis concluded his senior season with a .333 batting average, .515 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage. He totaled 57 hits, 34 RBIs and 28 runs scored., Kalis made 11 appearances on the mound and led the team with a 1.66 ERA. The right-hander posted a 4-3 record in four starts and in 43.1 innings pitched, he fanned 42 batters. Kalis allowed eight earned runs (13 total), walked six and allowed a .220 opposing batting average.
Brittni Mowat – Women’s Hockey (Freshman, Goaltender, Glenboro, Manitoba)
A 2013-14 WCHA All-Rookie team selection, Mowat was stellar between the pipes for Bemidji State as she broke multiple program records for freshman goaltenders including wins (10), games played (33), minutes (1888:34), goals against average (2.45) and save percentage (.918). Just the fourth Beaver land a spot on the all-rookie squad, Mowat stands as the first BSU goaltender since BSU great Zuzana Tomcikova was selected to the team in 2008-09.
Brock Lutes – Men’s Basketball (Junior, Gaurd, Portland, Ore.)
A Second Team Dektronics All-Central Region pick, Lutes became the fifth BSU student-athlete to earn Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The junior was also named All-NSIC First Team after he became the seventh Bemidji State player to claim the NSIC scoring title when he posted a league-best 22.2 points per game. Logging 15 games with at least 20 points, including seven 30-point performances, Lutes totaled 574 points (21.3 ppg) to rank seventh on BSU’s single-season scoring chart. He shot 50.1 percent from the field on 207-of-413 shooting, which ranked him 15th in the nation (as of March 2) in total field goals made and 21st in total field goals attempted. His 21.3 points per game currently stands 24th in NCAA Division II. Lutes added 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game and shot 38.4 percent from 3-point land and 85.3 percent from the charity stripe.
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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. BSU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.