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A team of many jerseys

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The Bethel Club Lacrosse team is making a splash but many do not know about them on campus. By Joe Hiti On a beat-up Bose speaker, Old Town Road by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus is blasting through the SRC. “One more, one more,” Kyle Ramsey yells calling for the ball during warmups. The sound of sneakers on blue clay courts. The smell of sweaty gear in the air. Lacrosse balls zinging into the blue net surrounding the court, their makeshift field. Players stretching and taking shots in their collection of high school, college, and summer camp practice jerseys. Sitting at one end is a single lacrosse net. This is practice for the Bethel men’s club lacrosse team. “The team has been around Bethel since the early 2000s,” junior captain Chase Larson said. “But really the last couple of years we’ve grown.” “Right now we’re on track to…

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Prism: Not just a Bible study

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The discipleship group for LGBTQ+ and same-sex attracted students formed last spring under Campus Ministries, following the vision of Bethel University By Zach Walker and Jared Martinson When several students approached Assistant Campus Pastor Jason Steffenhagen about starting an official group for LGBTQ+ and same-sex attracted students, he grabbed a notepad and pen and listened. He contacted Pastors Matt Runion and Laurel Bunker with the idea of starting an LGBTQ+ discipleship group. Through that discussion, Prism was born as another vehicle for Bethel students to live out the first core value of Bethel University — following Christ and living out the teachings of Jesus. “[Students] wanted a space to be in community, to grow in their faith, to be able to talk about their faith,” Steffenhagen said. ”We talked about the need that we were seeing in our students and the areas where other forms of discipleship might not have…

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Quick Feet: Men and women finish top five in 4×400

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The Bethel men’s and women’s track teams place top five in the 4×400 relay By Joe Hiti Run, run and keep running. This was the only thing going through the mind of the Men’s 4×400 team for Bethel this weekend as they finished second in the preliminary round of the 4×400 event at the NCAA indoor track and field Championship in Boston. The preliminary race was close and saw the Royals team finishing .42 seconds behind the first place team Washington university and .08 seconds ahead of the third place team La Crosse Wisconsin. They then went into the final round ready to show what they had. The Royals ran in the finals for the 4×400 and finished fifth. The team was lead by senior Carl Klamms fastest leg of the race at 47.785 seconds. They also had juniors Shawn Monroe, and Isaac Erickson, and freshman Nolan Metz. “Coming out…

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Maxwell resigns as head soccer coach

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The head coach for the Bethel women’s soccer team resigned last week By Joe Hiti Coach Amanda Maxwell announced that she will be stepping down as the head coach for the Bethel women’s soccer team on Tuesday and has accepted a teaching position in Ecuador. Maxwell will be resigning with a 60-57-11 record in her seven year tenure. She led the Bethel women’s soccer program to its first MIAC playoff appearance in 2014. She holds the record for the most wins in a season as a head coach with eight in 2016 and reached that mark again in 2018. Maxwell also coached the program’s first All-American when Britney Monteon was selected to the second team by the United Soccer Coaches. “She stuck with me through the transfer process and continually encouraged me to strive not only in my soccer career, but as a Christian,” Monteon said. Maxwell was not only…

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The hometown hitter

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A lifetime of playing baseball supplied Brian Raabe with the wisdom he needed to become a coach. By Jared Martinson Five-year-old Brian Raabe knew what his life was going to be. It was the same process as the rest of the kids in New Ulm, Minn., a small German town 98 miles southwest of the heart of the Twin Cities. When your hometown has as many professionally-kept baseball fields as city council members, you’re more likely to end up on a diamond than in an oval. And so Raabe dreamed a little more and worked a little more to find a way. Only the large metro-style cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud can lay claim to owning as many big leaguers as New Ulm when it comes to Minnesota natives. Longtime catcher Terry Steinbach headlines the six ballplayers who have been recorded as major league participants. Brian Raabe…

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Bethel men’s and women’s track both finish fourth in conference meet

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Both track teams for Bethel finished fourth at the MIAC indoor championships this weekend. By Joe Hiti Bethel entered the MIAC indoor championships placing in the top four in three of its last five meets and met that standard once again over the weekend. Freshman Lukas Walton finished top five in three events and set a career record in the long jump with a score of 6.18 meters. He finished fifth in the event and senior Kyle Stichman finished second in the event with a score 6.35 meters. Delia Labatt won the 400 meter dash by .01 seconds. She also helped Bethel finish first in the women’s 4×400 meter race. These were the only two events that the Bethel women’s team took first in at the MIAC championship. “During the last 20 meters, I was praying my legs would keep going,” Labatt said, “I saw the runner from St. Olaf…

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Bethel plays a game of runs, falls to Augsburg in MIAC semifinal

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Bethel women’s basketball concluded another 20-win season in the MIAC semifinals at Augsburg. By Jared Martinson The lights in Si Melby Hall have gotten brighter over the years. The recently reduxed floor boasts the shadow of the Minneapolis skyline on one side. The air is heavy with tension. Emotions are running high in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball semifinals. In a game of momentum swings, long scoring runs and crucial plays that matter ten times more in hindsight than they feel like in the minute they’re happening, the Bethel women’s basketball team fought for a win against second-seeded Augsburg. They couldn’t cut through that air to advance to the conference championship, losing by a score of 79-70. “I’m not sad we lost, I’m sad that it ends our season,” head coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer said. “This team is really special.” The Royals jumped on Augsburg quickly, going inside to…

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Bethel routed by St. John’s in MIAC semis

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Royals could not match St. John’s’ shooting, rebounding as Johnnies advance to MIAC championship. By Sam Johnson 80 miles separates these two schools. A 90 minute drive up Interstate-94 provides a scenery that morphs from urban to rural. But in all that change, the commonality of basketball excellence is what brought Bethel and St. John’s together Thursday night for a MIAC semifinal matchup. The stage was set. A sea of red laced the backdrop and the intensity of the game settled like a fog onto Sexton Arena in Collegeville. This was the third meeting this year between these conference rivals, as they split the previous two meetings with both home squads coming away victorious. Even though the Royals last came to Collegeville in November, the Johnnie students made sure to let the visitors know that they were entering a hostile environment. Hours before the game, all around the campus in…

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COVERAGE ALERT: Bethel basketball teams hit the road for MIAC semifinals

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After quarterfinal wins on Tuesday, Royal cagers look to win again and keep championship hopes alive. By Jared Martinson The 66-52 victory for the Bethel women’s basketball team on Tuesday was not guaranteed. Look at the first three quarters of play; the Royals led 41-38 struggling to be secure with the ball. Then a small burst of fast break scoring ensued and all of a sudden it was a 10-point game. They can’t afford to come out of the gates slow tonight, when they’ll go on the road to Augsburg (21-4) for the MIAC semifinal. The Auggies swept Bethel by a combined total of nine points in two meetings this year. The Royals (20-6) will face Augsburg in Minneapolis at 7 p.m. The men’s team scored early and often in the quarterfinal against Gustavus, running away with a 93-67 win. Matt Ambriz scored 22 points and three other Royals were…

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