Beaver Pride names Prout and Lutes Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Beaver Pride names Prout and Lutes Athletes of the Week

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Shaylin Prout (So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Brock Lutes (G, 6-4, 215, Jr., Portland, Ore.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after recording outstanding athletic performances during the week of Feb. 3-9.

Prout led the Bemidji State tennis team to a 1-1 record Feb. 7 in Sartell, Minn. The sophomore recorded a perfect weekend logging a 2-0 singles record in the No. 1 spot and teamed up with Deanie Hatch (Brea, Calif.) to go 2-0 in No. 1 doubles action. Prout recorded a straight-sets victory over Southwest Minnesota State University's Katie Lienitz (6-1, 6-2) at No. 1 singles in a 7-2 victory over the Mustangs. She and Hatch recorded an 8-0 victory over the SMSU team in the No. 1 doubles spot. Prout's success continued as the Beavers dropped an NSIC match to St. Cloud State University (6-3). Prout recorded a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Katie Kotschevar at No. 1 singles before BSU's top doubles pair posted its second 8-0 victory of the weekend. 

Prout is a perfect 5-0 in singles play this season, while she is 3-1 in doubles action. 

This week’s Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection marks the first of Prout’s collegiate career and the first of a member of the BSU tennis team.

Lutes averaged 36.5 points per game and shot 64.3 percent from the field, leading BSU men's basketball to a sweep of Minot State University and University of Mary Feb. 7-8. He shot 61.1 percent from 3-point range and went 8-for-10 (80%) from the free throw line on the weekend and added three rebounds and three assists. The junior fell one point shy of tying the BSU school record for points in a game Saturday when we scored 43. He went 17-for-24 (70.8%) from the field to tie the program record for field goals made and went 8-for-11 (72.7%) from 3-point land to fall one 3-pointer shy of tying the BSU record. The 17 field goals made is an NSIC-best this season, while the eight 3-pointers made is tied for first. Friday, Lutes recorded his league-leading fourth game with 30 or more points when he posted 30 points on 10-for-18 (55.6%) shooting from the field, a 3-for-7 (42.9%) performance from long range and a 7-for-8 (87.5%) effort from the charity stripe.

He leads the NSIC in scoring with 20.5 points per game.

This week’s honor marks the second of the season for Lutes, while it is the sixth of the season for a member of the BSU men’s basketball squad. In addition to his previous selection for the weekly honor Jan. 8, Lutes joins teammates: Zach Noreen (F, Sr., Avon, Minn.), the Nov. 27 and Jan. 29 recipient, and Maxie Rosenbloom (F, Sr., St. Paul, Minn.), who earned the award Dec. 11 and Jan. 22.

For his efforts Lutes was also named NSIC Player of the Week.

The Bemidji State men’s basketball team, now 17-5 overall and 14-4 in NSIC play wraps up the home portion of its 2013-14 regular season schedule Feb. 14-15 when it hosts Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday at 8 p.m. and Concordia University, St. Paul Saturday at 6 p.m.  

The BSU tennis team returns to Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center Feb. 15-16 to open the home portion of its season. The Beavers host Upper Iowa University at 6 p.m. Friday and will face University of Minnesota Duluth at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.