Johnson and Huggans earn Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Johnson and Huggans earn Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kaneeshia Johnson (So., Rosemount, Minn.) and Drake Huggans (RHP/OF,  Greenley, Colo.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after outstanding athletic performances during the week of April 21-27.

Johnson turned in the seventh-best distance of the 2014 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor season and set a new Bemidji State triple jump record April 26 at the Al Cassel Relays in Valley City, N.D. The sophomore turned in a mark of 36-4 1/4 to surpass a record established by Ashley Spolarich in 2005 (36-0 3/4) by over three inches. She placed second in the event. She also placed eighth in the long jump (16-2 1/4). At the Cobber Twilight April 24, she matched a season-best 16-7 to claim sixth in the long jump and took fifth in the triple jump (34-00 3/4).

This week’s honor marks the first Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection for Johnson and the second of the 2014 season for a member of the BSU track and field team. She follows Austyn Eng (So., Braham, Minn.), who was the April 16 recipient.

Huggans contributed to all three of the Bemidji State baseball team's victories in a 3-3 NSIC record last week. The junior recorded two saves, a win and posted a 6.23 ERA in four appearances and 4.1 innings pitched. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and zero walks. His victory came in 1.2 innings pitched versus University of Minnesota Crooskton, April 22. He allowed one run on three hits. Huggans came back in game two and pitched the ninth inning to secure a 3-2 win and sweep of the Golden Eagles. He didn't allow a hit and fanned one. Huggans picked up his second save of the week and eighth of the season in the final game of a four-game series at No. 22 St. Cloud State University April 26. He pitched the ninth inning and allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout. His total of eight saves in 2014 is a BSU single-season record and ranks second in the NSIC this season. 

Huggans’ first career Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award stands as the sixth time a member of the BSU baseball team has been recognized for the award this season. He follows teammates: Derek Masberg (RHP, Fr., Kilkenny, Minn.), the April 16 recipient, Dylan Webb (INF, RS-Jr., Ahwatukee, Ariz.), who was selected for the honor April 11,  Nate Heisick (LHP, RS-So., Plymouth, Minn.), the April 2 recipient, Zach Braun (C, Sr., Lakeville, Minn.), the March 12 selection and Tyler Saeugling (RHP, Jr., Dubuque, Iowa), the March 26 honoree.

The BSU baseball team sits eighth (13-11) in the NSIC standings entering the final week of conference play. BSU is looking for its second-consecutive tournament appearance for the first time since the team reached the postseason at the conclusion of the 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons. The Beavers battle the ninth place (12-13) team, Southwest Minnesota State University, in a road doubleheader May 1 before hosting Minot State University in a four-game series May 2-3. BSU (19-18) is one win shy of the 20-win plateau for the third straight season and eighth time in program history. 

The Bemidji State track and field team will be in action again Saturday when it travels to Moorhead, Minn. to compete in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Ron Masanz Open—the team’s final tune up for the 2014 NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 10-11.