Adding on
Monday, May 11, 2009
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University women’s hockey coach Steve Sertich announced today the signing of two more players to National Letters of Intent, joining the four that were inked during the early signing period last November. All six players will begin their careers with BSU in fall 2009.

Molly Arola and Jamie Hatheway have both inked with BSU during the spring signing period, and they join early signees Sadie Lundquist, Mackenzie Thurston, Keirstin Visser and Erika Wheelhouse.

“We are very excited to announce the signing of Jamie and Molly to our Beaver Hockey family,” Sertich said. “We are excited to add these players to the group we have signed in the fall, and we are anxiously awaiting their arrival.”

Arola, a 5-9 forward from Walker, Minn., played at Grand Rapids/Greenway High School. She is the second player in as many years to come to Bemidji State from Grand Rapids/Greenway, following in Emily Erickson’s (Fr., Coleraine, Minn.) footsteps. Arola was part of a high school team that was the section 7AA champions twice (2007 and ‘08) and was the class AA state runners-up in 2008. She was a captain in 2009. She was named to the 2008 state All-Tournament team and earned the team’s 2009 Hobey Baker Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society, is on the honor roll and earned Academic of Excellence honors. She also played volleyball, basketball and fastpitch softball during her high school career. Molly is the cousin of current BSU men’s hockey player Chris Peluso. Her high school coach was Chris Granley, and she is the daughter of Rick and Michele Arola.

“Molly is another dynamic player who plays with a lot of intensity,” Sertich said. “She is a tremendous athlete and a fierce competitor, and she comes from a great hockey family and a winning program at Grand Rapids/Greenway HS. Molly is one of those players that makes things happen on the ice, and knows how to put herself in position to score. She plays with an edge without taking penalties, and also has a willingness to block shots. Molly brings size and a physical presence that is needed in our lineup.”

Hatheway, a 5-5 forward from Trenton, Ontario, played this past season for the Durham Junior Lightning in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. She attended the NAHA Tournament Labor Day weekend and also attended the U18 National Championships with Team Blue. The team placed fourth, which was the best-ever finish. During the 2007-08 season, she played in the PWHL for the Whitby Wolves IntAA. She attended the Stoney Creek Tournament and was part of the Durham West Tournament Champions. In 2006-07, she played in the OWHL Midget AA for the Whitby Wolves Midget AA. She has also played for the Trenton Golden Hawks in both the Boys Major Bantam and Boys Minor Bantam. Jamie has also played varsity soccer, and was the high school soccer MVP in 2008. She has been on the honor roll all four years. Her high school coaches were Brian Meindl, David Lanovaz and Jeff McDougall. Jamie is the daughter of Tim and Tracy Hatheway.

“Jamie is a dynamic player who will add speed to our lineup,” Seritch said. “She comes from a winning program in Durham as shown by their Final Four appearance in the PWHL Championships. Jamie also gained valuable elite experience playing for Ontario Blue at the U18 National Championships. She has the ability to take and give a pass in top speed and has also shown the ability to finish at the net. With her speed and quickness, Jamie will be a very effective F1 forward on the forecheck, and she will be able to create turnovers.”

About Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling approximately 5,000 students annually, the university offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The university is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding.

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