Bemidji alumni continue careers at collegiate level
BEMIDJI - Many recent Bemidji High School alumni are making their marks on the collegiate athletic scene. During the past academic year at least 15 former Lumberjacks were members of collegiate programs and those athletes participated in 10 different sports.
Among them is Kaia Sele, who just completed her junior season with the Concordia-Moorhead softball team. Sele started all 35 games at first base and, although the Cobbers struggled through an 8-27 campaign, Sele had a tremendous season, hitting a team-high .459.
Her 24 runs scored, 50 hits, 14 doubles, 29 RBIs and 83 total hits also were tops on the team, as was her .752 slugging percentage.
Sele also had only three errors and a .988 fielding percentage in 250 chances.
The former Lumberjack finished third in the MIAC in batting average and in doubles (14). Sele also was second in the league in on-base percentage (.528) and slugging percentage (.752), fourth in home runs (six) and total bases (2.34 per game) and fifth in RBIs (29).
Also enjoying a productive softball season this spring was Bemidji State freshman Summer Monsrud. The leadoff hitter started 40 games and saw action in three more. Her 37 hits and 16 runs represented team-highs and her 39 total bases were second among the Beavers.
A pair of Lumberjacks, Bethany Fluto and Bronwyn Boyd, played soccer at BSU. Fluto was a senior forward last fall and saw action in 19 games, scoring one goal and taking five shots.
Bronwyn also played in 19 games.
In men's soccer, Andy Iverson played in six games and started four times for Concordia-Moorhead. The senior goalie yielded 12 goals and finished with an 0-1-2 record.
Ryan Rude had a productive freshman season with the Concordia-Moorhead basketball team. The former BHS forward played in 23 games and started in 15.
He averaged 16.7 minutes, hit 25 of his 71 field goal attempts, connected on a dozen 3-pointers and finished the year with 67 points.
Rude also grabbed 48 rebounds and dished 20 assists.
South Dakota State sophomore swimmer Selina Gilbertson was a member of the 4x800 relay which finished second in the Minnesota Challenge this winter. She also won a 100 free race in a dual meet against Iowa Central.
Former Lumberjacks Matt Wilcox and Dylan Hoven also are continuing their swimming careers at the collegiate level.
Wilcox was a sophomore at Northwestern University and during the winter he posted the team's fourth-best times in the 100 free (44.89) and 200 free (1:39.60). Both efforts came in the Big Ten Championship meet.
Hoven, a freshman at St. Cloud State, qualified for the NCAA II national meet in the 50 free and placed 32nd with a time of 20.94.
Bailey Drewes is a two-sport athlete at St. Benedict's, competing in cross country and in track.
Last fall the freshman was the top runner on the cross country team much of the season and she capped her year by being named to the MIAC All-Conference squad after placing 12th at the conference meet.
In this spring's MIAC indoor track meet Drewes was sixth in the 3,000 (10:36.18) and seventh in the 5,000 (18:34.72).
Brandon Bahr had to sit out much of his senior season because of injuries but the former Lumberjack and current Augsburg senior had a splendid wrestling career, compiling a 75-51 record.
As a junior he set a program record with 25 pins. That year he finished 33-15, wrestling most of the time in the 174-pound division.
A pair of former BHS athletes are enjoying success in the women's tennis scene.
Sophomore Jamie Hoffman of St. Benedict's captured the second singles title at the MIAC tournament this spring.
Courtne Solberg helped Scholastica win another Upper Midwest Conference title as the freshman placed second at fifth singles. Overall Solberg compiled a 13-5 singles record for the Saints and was 10-4 in doubles play.
A pair of former Lumberjacks played college football last fall. Evan Olson, who was a red-shirt freshman, had three solo and three assisted tackles for Bemidji State. Sophomore tight end Joe Kingery contributed a solo tackle as a special teams player for North Dakota.
Simon Anderson and Tyler Tatro are playing baseball this spring. Anderson has appeared in 19 games and has a 2-1 record with two saves and a 1.52 ERA as a reliever for North Dakota State.
In 29.2 innings of work he has allowed only five earned runs while fanning 18 and walking seven.
Opposing batters are hitting only .234 against him.
Follis is UND's leading hitter with a .385 average. The shortstop also leads the Bison in runs (36), hits (60) and doubles (12).