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Megan Dahl, Brandon Alt selected as Bemidji State Athletes of the Year

Bemidji State soccer defender Megan Dahl and football quarterback Brandon Alt were announced as the 2021-22 Female and Male Athletes of the Year at the annual Beaver Nation Celebration on Sunday evening.

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Bemidji State soccer defender Megan Dahl and football quarterback Brandon Alt were announced as the 2021-22 Female and Male Athletes of the Year at the annual Beaver Nation Celebration on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Bemidji.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI – Bemidji State women’s soccer defender Megan Dahl and football quarterback Brandon Alt were announced as the 2021-22 Female and Male Athletes of the Year at the annual Beaver Nation Celebration on Sunday evening.

The award winners were selected from a pool of nominated student-athletes from all 15 of BSU’s intercollegiate sport programs.

Dahl was named First-Team All-America by the United Soccer Coaches and anchored BSU’s backline to a historic season, including the program’s second NSIC regular season championship and its third NCAA Tournament appearance. Alt was named a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and led the Beavers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and win with a first-round victory over Augustana.

Beaver soccer defender Emma Huelsnitz and football offensive lineman Conor Kovas were respectively named BSU’s 2021-22 Female and Male Newcomers of the Year.

BSU football running back Jalen Frye was also named as the recipient of the third annual Community Impact Award for his work with Ruby’s Pantry and Bemidji State’s Black Student Union.

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Fourteen student-athletes were named Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. They are Rumer Flatness (women’s basketball); Amme Sheforgen (women’s basketball); Katie Leblanc (women’s golf); Abby DeLaRosa (women’s hockey); Hannah Hogenson (women’s hockey); Taylor Nelson (women’s hockey); Asia Buryska (women’s soccer); Maggie Cade (women’s soccer); Mary Goodwin (women’s track and field/cross country); Abby Syverson (women’s track & field/cross country); Ashley East (volleyball); Wyatt Olson (men’s basketball); Nick Gerlach (football) and Jack Powell (men’s hockey).

BSU women’s hockey (3.69 GPA) and men’s basketball (3.52) picked up the top academic team awards.

The department also recognized a record 13 NSIC/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award winners, and Flatness was honored for being the school’s fifth student-athlete to win the NSIC Elite 18 award. In total, 73 seniors were recognized at the event.

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