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BSU roundup: Niskanen named to NSIC Hall of Fame, Vichorek gets WCHA scholarship

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BURNSVILLE - Bemidji State graduate and former men's golf coach Don Niskanen has been named to the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Hall of Fame induction class. The announcement came Thursday from conference officials.

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Niskanen retired from his duties as head men's golf coach in 2010 after 17 successful seasons. Niskanen, a four-time NSIC Coach of the Year recipient (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), led the Beavers to four conference team titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), while earning runner-up accolades to conclude seven different seasons. During his tenure, five players garnered individual NSIC championships, while 35 members of the BSU golf team earned All-NSIC honors.

In February, Niskanen was inducted into the Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fame.

A 1959 graduate of Bemidji State, Niskanen entered the coaching ranks at Bagley High School, where he coached the football and basketball teams.

He also coached football and golf at Bemidji Junior High for many years before leading the Beavers' golf program beginning in 1993.

Niskanen will join seven others for the induction ceremony, to be held Wednesday, July 11, at the Best Western Kelly Inn/St. Cloud at the NSIC's 13th annual Summer Kickoff event. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are available at www.northernsun.org. Registrations are due by July 1st as space is limited for this event.

Vichorek granted scholarship

MADISON, Wis. -- Former Bemidji State women's hockey player Montana Vichorek was one of three student-athletes awarded with Western Collegiate Hockey Association Post-Graduate Scholarships.

Vichorek, a Moose Lake native, is the first Bemidji State hockey player, either men's or women's, to garner a WCHA Post-Graduate Scholarship in the 10 years the conference has been awarding them.

She was a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete while serving as a hockey team captain in 2011-12. Vichorek was the league's third highest-scoring blueliner overall with 31 points (8g, 23a) in 34 games played as the Beavers posted the winningest season in program history with a 17-17-3 record.

In the classroom, Vichorek compiled a 3.55 GPA, attaining a Bachelor of Science degree on a Chemistry major and Biology minor and was three times named to the school's Dean's List.

Vichorek intends to use the scholarship as she pursues her doctor of pharmacy degree at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula.

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