Callison, Mackedanz garner Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week honors
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kasey Callison (Sr., Eagle River, Alaska) and Mitch Mackedanz (Sr., Paynesville, Minn.) have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week for outstanding performances from March 30-April 5.

Callison hit safely in all four games this past weekend, going 5-for-10 with an RBI and two runs scored. The Beavers were defeated in doubleheaders with both Winona State University and Upper Iowa University.

Callison, the first baseman for BSU, has started all 20 games and leads the club with 62 at bats, 150 putouts and a .975 fielding percentage. She is currently second on the team in batting average (.339), runs (12), hits (21), total bases (24) and walks (4).

Mackedanz captured first place at the Upper Iowa Spring Invite Sunday at the Finkbine Golf Course, a par-72 7,027-yard course in Iowa City, Iowa. Mackedanz fired a three-over-par, 73 on the first 18 holes Saturday, going into the clubhouse tied for fourth, four strokes off the lead. He came out Sunday and shot a one-over-par, 71, four strokes better than his nearest competitor to take a four-stroke victory for his first event title this spring, leading the Beavers to a team title.

He was also named NSIC golfer of the week, the first honor Mackedanz and marks the third golfer of the week hailing from Bemidji State in 2008-09. Mackedanz follows Casey Hill and James Foss who garnered the honor on Sept. 24 and Sept. 10 during the fall portion of BSU’s schedule.

The softball team has two doubleheaders scheduled for this weekend, with the first being against Southwest Minnesota State University Apr. 10 and the second being against Minnesota State University Apr. 11. The first series will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Marshall, Minn., and the Mankato, Minn., games will start at 12:00 p.m.

The men’s golf team will travel to Jewel Golf Course in Lake City, Minn. to compete in the third and final tournament that comprise the 2008-09 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Golf Championship Apr. 10-11. The third round will consist of 18 holes on both Friday and Saturday. Mackedanz is currently third in the individual standings with Bemidji State holding down the third spot in the team standings after the first two rounds of the NSIC Championship.