Beaver Pride tabs Matzke and Preble Athletes of the Week
Thursday, February 19, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University's Heidi Matzke (Red Lake Falls, Minn.) and Zac Preble (Jr., Coleraine, Minn.) have been selected Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week for outstanding performances from February 9-15.

Matzke, who had her best weekend since her return from injury, averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 50.0-percent (13-26) from the field, 45.5-percent (5-11) from the three-point line and 75.0-percent (9-12) from the free-throw line helping BSU go 1-1 on the weekend. Matzke chipped in 15 points in the Beavers' 90-71 loss to Minnesota State University, Moorhead Friday. On Saturday, Matzke netted her seventh 20-point game of the season with 25 points helping the Beavers snap a program-long, 19-game losing streak and a 16 game conference losing skid with a 78-76 win over University of Minnesota, Crookston. Over the weekend Matzke moved into eighth on BSU all-time scoring list surpassing Amy Lawson (2004-08) with 1,248 career-points. She enters this weekend's road swing just three points from seventh place on the program's all-time scoring list.

Preble successfully defended his Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference heptathlon title Sunday and Monday in Aberdeen, S.D. with a 5,012-point performance. Preble finished among the top three in five of the seven events garnering first place in the long jump and shot put. His total not only set a Barnett Center mark and bettered his own school record (4,960), it ranks him fifth on the 2009 NCAA Division II indoor performance list.

The Bemidji State women's basketball team is back in action this weekend when it travels to Winona, Minn. to take on Winona State University on Saturday, Feb. 21. Game time is set for 6 p.m. from WSU’s McCown Gymnasium.

Preble and the rest of the BSU track and field teams return to the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center Feb. 19 for one final tune up before the team hosts the conclusion of the conference championships Feb. 27-28. The Bemidji State Twilight is slated for a 4 p.m. start Thursday afternoon.