Grand Forks native Shaelyn Johnson commits to Bemidji State tennis program

Grand Forks native Shaelyn Johnson commits to Bemidji State tennis program
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Grand Forks native Shaelyn Johnson commits to Bemidji State tennis program

BEMIDJI, Minn. –  Kyle Fodness, first-year head coach of the Bemidji State University tennis program, has announced the commitment of Shaelyn Johnson with the signing of a National Letter of Intent. A standout at Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D., Johnson becomes the first commitment in the Fodness era of Beaver Tennis. 

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

  • Shaelyn Johnson (Grand Forks, N.D. / Red River High School)

Johnson comes to Bemidji State after a successful prep career at Red River High School… As a member of the Roughriders’ girl’s tennis team Johnson is a three-time North Dakota state singles champion (2016, 2018 and 2019) and has her sights set on a fourth next spring… Only three other players in North Dakota High School Activities Association history have won as many singles titles… She also helped lead Red River to its 15th state championship in 16 years in 2017… In addition, Johnson’s United State Tennis Association Junior Team, Team Fargo 1, earned a trip to the national tournament winning the Northern Section title in late July.

Fodness’ comments on Johnson: “Shay is exactly the type of person and student-athlete that we love to have in the program. She will have a positive impact on our team, Bemidji State, and in the community.” Fodness added, “She has experienced a great deal of success over the course of her athletic career, which is due to her hard work and tremendous competitive attitude.” 

Bemidji State is coming out of a fall season during which it went 2-1. The Beavers will open the competition portion of their season Feb. 2 when they travel to Grand Forks, N.D. for a non-conference match up with NCAA Division I foe University of North Dakota.

Last spring, BSU posted its fourth consecutive 10-win campaign and advanced to the NSIC Tournament. Before finishing the season 11-7 overall and 6-5 versus league competition. Following the season, senior Zoë Lindgren and junior Ariadna Lopez-Simo garnered all-conference accolades.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).