Larva and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Larva and Ellisor garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University athletes Ashley Larva (Jr., Floodwood, Minn.) and James Ellisor (F, 6-5, 195, Sr., Glendale, Ariz.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 20-26.
Larva, junior multi-event standout, got the BSU track and field team off and running at the 2012 NSIC Championships by breaking the school record in the 60-meter hurdles during Friday’s preliminary race. Larva turned in a blazing 8.99 seconds, trimming two hundredths of a second off of Melanie Hoheisel’s record (9.01) set in 2003. Larva’s record-time ranks as the seventh-fastest mark in the NSIC this season and qualified her for Saturday’s final were she finished seventh (9.00).

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the second of the season for Larva and the third for a member of the BSU women’s track and field team in 2011-12.  In addition to her Feb. 8 award, Larva follows teammate Kirsten Maras (Sr., Ramsey, Minn.) who garnered the award last week

Ellisor was selected for this week’s award for his performance in a 2-0 weekend Feb. 24-25 that earned the BSU men’s basketball team an NSIC title. The senior averaged 33.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and shot 71.0 percent from the floor. He recorded his second and third consecutive (fourth and fifth overall) 30-point games of the season netting 32 points in a win versus Upper Iowa University (77-65) and matched a career-high 34 points versus No. 22 Winona State University (94-84). Ellisor missed just two free throws in 23 attempts for a 91.3 percentage and added four assists in 38.0 minutes per game. Ellisor totaled nine rebounds and three assists, shot 64.3 percent from the floor and went for career-highs in free throws made and attempted with a 15-for-16 (93.8%) mark from the line versus WSU.

For his efforts, Ellisor was named as the league’s NSIC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award is the seventh of the season for Ellisor and ninth for the BSU men’s basketball team. In addition to being selected Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 25, and Feb. 22, Ellisor is joined by Bryce Tesdahl (Sr., G, Crosby, Minn.) who was the Jan. 18 selection and Feb. 28 selection Dermaine Crockrell (Jr., G, Mesa, Ariz.).

The NSIC Championships brings an end to BSU’s 2012 indoor track and field season. The Beavers are set to open thier outdoor campaign April 6 at the Vance Butler Meet in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The 2011-12 NSIC Regular-Season Champion BSU men’s basketball team secured the NSIC Tournament’s No. 1 seed with an overall record of  21-7 and a league mark of 16-6.  The team opens the postseason with a 7 p.m. NSIC Tournament opening round contests versus the No. 8 seed Wayne State College (10-6; 9-13 NSIC) tonight at BSU Gymnasium.