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Bemidji State notebook: Haake, Althoff, Preble recognized with awards

ST. PAUL-- Bemidji State men's basketball player Seth Haake was named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Second Team Thursday afternoon in an announcement from the league office.

His 18.6 points per game average led the team ranked second in the NSIC and placed him 55th in the nation. He finished his career at BSU with 1,202 career points, which stands 10th on BSU's career scoring chart.

"I'm proud of Seth and his accomplishments at Bemidji State," BSU head coach Matt Bowen said. "He is everything a student-athlete can be and was our leader on and off the court."

Haake established career-highs in almost every statistical category this season, including a 36-point performance in a win over Minnesota-Duluth two weeks ago. He led the team in scoring 17 times this season, posting 20 or more points on nine occasions, including a stretch of four consecutive games Dec. 12-Jan. 2.

Haake had 914 career points in NSIC contests to rank 12th on the conference's career scoring chart. He had 190 career assists to sit 10th on BSU's top career assists list.

Freshman center Jessie Althoff was named to NSIC All-Freshman team.

She led the Beavers in scoring in 2009-10 with 10.1 points per game, recording double-figures in a team-high 14 contests.

"It's a great award to cap off a great freshman season," said head coach Mike Curfman. "Jessie made great strides throughout the season and finished strong to develop into our top scorer. Hopefully this is a glimpse of things to come."

Althoff posted double-figures in scoring in the final four games of the season (19.3 ppg), including a season-high 25 in the final game against Wayne State College Feb. 27. Her 49 offensive rebounds ranked second on the team.

BSU senior Zac Preble was recognized Friday with an honor from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Preble was named 2010 Central Regional Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, by the organization, joining 33 student-athletes from across the country on the list of awards voted on by NCAA Division II coaches.

"This is a well-deserved award for Zac," BSU head track and field coach Craig Hougen commented. "He has worked very hard to make himself a complete athlete over the last four years. From learning how to pole vault, to training to become a high jumper and even to becoming a bit of a distance runner, it is fun to see that his hard work is paying off. The coaches at the national meet, know Zac, they know me and they know Bemidji State and recognize that there are good things happening here."

An outdoor All-America performer, placing fourth in the 2009 decathlon, Preble is poised to make a another run at All-America honors to conclude the 2010 indoor season. He enters the NCAA Championships as the top-ranked multi-event athlete after automatically qualifying for the national meet in the NSIC Championships. It marked his fourth consecutive NSIC heptathlon title.

Preble and teammate Kristi Buerkle, the nation's top 400-meter runner, begin their trip to Albuquerque, N.M. for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships Tuesday. Competition is set to begin Friday.