BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State University football team will conclude its spring practice schedule Thursday with the annual Green/White game at 7 p.m. The scrimmage will be held at Chet Anderson Stadium and is free and open to the public. Tailgating will begin at 5 p.m. in Diamond Point Park.
The Beavers will also host a youth football clinic Thursday at the stadium prior to the spring game. Registration will run from 4-5 p.m. and the clinic will be conducted from 5-6 p.m. The clinic cost is $15 per participant.
Last season quarterback Lance Rongstad threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns and running back Dustin Kroeplin recorded a touchdown through the air and on the ground as the White offense defeated the Green defense 35-24.
BSU uses a unique scoring system for its annual spring scrimmage. The game is divided into four 15-play quarters, with play allowed to continue beyond 15 plays if the offense is driving. The offense is awarded one point for a first down, six points for a touchdown, one point for an extra point, three points for a field goal and two points for a penalty against the defense.
The defense can score two points for preventing the offense from gaining a first down or a missed field goal, six points for a turnover and two points for a penalty against the offense.
BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State University softball program has signed two players to coach Rick Supinski's inaugural class.
Brittany Dickinson, a pitcher and infielder from Superior, Colo., and catcher Mikayla Osterman from Hereford, Ariz. have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Bemidji State next season.
"I feel that both Brittany and Mikayla fit into where we are trying to take this program," Supinski said. "We have had solid pitching this season and have improved in the field but we need to improve our hitting. We need to put the ball in play more and I feel that both of these players will help us accomplish that.
"I am also excited to add two players from out of the region. It gives our athletes the experience of playing with two players who might come from different playing styles and offer unique perspectives of the game having played in Arizona and Colorado."
Dickinson compiled a 3.22 ERA as a senior at Monarch High School while holding opponents to a .273 batting average. She threw four career no-hitters in high school and also holds the school record for career batting average (.543), slugging percentage (.714) and on-base percentage (.585).
"I envision Brittany being an all-around player for us," Supinski said. "She is an athletic player who is going to help us with her bat. She makes good contact with the ball and does a great job of putting the ball in play. She uses her drop ball effectively and will earn innings from day one."
Osterman is hitting .321 with 29 runs scored, 21 RBI, five doubles and four home runs through 25 games this season with Buena High School.
"We are looking at Mikayla to help improve our batting average as a team," Supinski said. "She hits the ball well and will give us some added punch in the heart of the order. Defensively she will help solidify our catching staff and offer the ability to play other positions."
BEMIDJI - Melissa Youngblut of Davenport, Iowa has signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for the BSU women's team.
The Iowa State transfer is the third recruit who has committed to Bemidji State. Earlier this spring guard Emily Reichert of Rogers and forward Rachel Valley of Albertville signed letters.
"We are very excited to add Melissa to this year's recruiting class," BSU women's basketball coach Mike Curfman said. "She's a proven winner whether it's basketball, soccer or track and field with numerous state titles and honors.
"Melissa will give us added height on the perimeter and has the ability to play shooting guard, wing or small forward. She is extremely athletic and very good on both ends of the floor, including being able to knock down the 3-point shot," Curfman added.
BEMIDJI - BSU's Beaver Pride will hold a spring sports lunch today starting at noon at Walnut Hall. Most of the coaches of the spring sports will be on hand to give updates on their seasons.
Also scheduled to talk is Beaver head football coach Jeff Tesch who will give an update on the spring football practices, including Thursday's annual Green/White scrimmage.
The public is invited.