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Three Beavers make first team all-NSIC football

The Bemidji State football team placed three players on the NSIC North Division All-Conference first-team while seven Beavers were selected to the second-team.

Representing BSU on the first-team offense were sophomore tight end Briahn Leonhardt and senior wide receiver Andrew Schultz. Rob Wills, a senior lineman, was Bemidji State's selection on the first-team defense.

Bemidji State's picks on the second-team offense were junior enter Cory Immerman and sophomore runningback Dustin Kroeplin. Defensively the Beavers were represented by senior linebacker Andrew Eagan, sophomore linebacker Cory Crosby, senior defensive lineman Jordan Lardinois and junior defensive back Brody Scheff.

Junior punter and kicker Jesse Sundby was honored on the special teams squad.

Earning spots on the honorable mention team were senior quarterback Derek Edholm, junior lineman Davis Mickelson, junior fullback Nate Solors, sophomore defensive lineman Jake Zimmerman, sophomore offensive lineman Brett DeLange and freshman linebacker Buckley Wright.

UMD dominated the post-season awards. Running back Isaac Odim was named Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Kiel Fechtelkotter was named Defensive Player of the Year and Bob Nielson was named Coach of the Year.

Four NSIC teams make post-season

UMD finished the year as the top-ranked team in NCAA II's Super Region 3 while Augustana is ranked second. Both teams will have a bye in the opening round of the post-season.

St. Cloud was ranked fourth and will host fifth-rated Hillsdale (Mich.) Saturday. UMD will entertain that winner Nov. 27.

Augustana will also be home Nov. 27 and will battle the winner of Saturday's game between No. 3 seed Grand Valley State and No. 6 Colorado School of Mines.

Concordia-St. Paul earned the NSIC's bid to play in the 45th annual Mineral Water Bowl Dec. 4 in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

C-SP will take an 8-3 record into the game and will face Pittsburg State (Ks.) which is 5-6. Concordia-St. Paul is making its third trip to the Mineral Bowl. It also played in the game in 2003 and 2005.

Women's basketball hosts Mayville State

The BSU women's cagers open their season at home 7 p.m. today against Mayville (0-2). The Beavers were 0-2 in exhibition action but are optimistic heading into the regular season.

Tonight's projected starting cast includes point guard Shannon Thompson, shooting guard Anna Hebrink, forwards Samantha Baldwin and Jessie Althoff plus center Colleen McKay.

The program also recently announced that Paige Tompkins, a forward/center from Milnor, N.D., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball at BSU.

"We are excited to have Paige join the program," said Bemidji State coach Mike Curfman. "She is a 6-1 player who is very versatile. She can play multiple positions and play them well."

Tompkins helped lead Milnor High School to a 16-9 record and a third-place finish at the region tournament. She was voted her team's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and as a junior.

Men's basketball opens on the road

The men's basketball team will open its campaign tonight at Michigan Tech. Wednesday sees the Beavers at Finlandia.

The home opener is 7 p.m. Nov. 23 against Stout and the NSIC opener will be 8 p.m. Dec. 3 against Moorhead.

BSU is coming off an 87-72 home exhibition victory over Superior on Nov. 6.

Jake Lindstrom had 23 points in the game, hitting six of his nine field goal attempts and eight of his nine free throws.

Bryce Tesdahl added 19 points, dished five assists and had four rebounds. Pat Cassidy had 17 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

Olson All-NSIC in volleyball

Senior middle blocker Nicole Olson was BSU's representative on the NSIC All-Conference honorable mention volleyball team.

Olson, who led the Beavers in kills, hitting percentage and blocks, also made the team a year ago. She is the 13th BSU volleyball player to earn all-conference honors twice in her career.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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