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Defense helps Royals top Gusties

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In a matchup of high-seeded MIAC teams, Bethel’s defense makes a statement in the win. By Sam Johnson Swarming hands. Moving feet. Pressuring each possession. On a typical, cold Wednesday night in February, the Bethel Royals had the Gustavus Gusties feeling the heat all game long. The ever-present defense led the charge to a convincing win for the Royals as they locked up the third seed in the MIAC playoffs, defeating the fourth-place Gusties 68-48. The home Royals began the game making their presence known on the defensive end of the floor. With starting guards Bella Williams and Haylee Barker disrupting passing lanes on the press, the Gusties scored a season-low seven first quarter points. But more shocking, they had more turnovers, nine, than total points scored. Second quarter action didn’t show much improvement for the visitors. They were held without a field goal until the four-minute mark and ended…

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WBB: Royals hit triple digits, beat Knights

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Bethel leads wire-to-wire to maintain the third spot in the MIAC standings. Next game is Saturday at home versus Macalester College. By Sam Johnson As the Bethel Royals women’s basketball team held tight to the third spot in the MIAC standings Wednesday night, their next challenge pitted them against Carleton Knights, who came into the game winless in the conference. The Royals won 100-52 in a game it led from start to finish. Bethel jumped out to an 11-1 lead within the first four minutes of the game. From the opening tip, the Royals sprinted down loose balls and trampolined for offensive rebounds. By the end of the quarter, Bethel had a 12-point lead, fueled by eight offensive rebounds in a game where they totaled 18. The second quarter played out like much of the first. Carleton’s turnovers ignited Bethel’s fast breaks. A 21-4 run helped the home team extend…

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Royals take down Lumberjills in 2019 debut

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Bethel opens their 2019 schedule with win over visiting Northland. By Sam Johnson As school resumed this past week for students at Bethel University, so too did the women’s hockey season. Absent for over a month, the team was welcomed back with hosts of Royals fans packing the stands at the Bethel University Arena in Blaine Friday night when they hosted the Northland Lumberjills. With standing-room-only spectators lining the upper deck, the Royals came out with an energy that looked like it was held in over the past month. The scoring began with sophomore forward Bri Stafne’s goal late in the first period, set up by an assist from sophomore defender Kennedi Mitchell. Bethel doubled up Northland in shots on goal in the period, 14-7. “It was nice to get ahead right away,” Stafne said postgame. “I think that got the energy going.” The second period was much of the…

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Crossing the Divide

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Bethel volleyball player reflects on self-founded organization to give kids the chance that she had. By Sam Johnson She had a dream to become a professional dancer. That was all she could think about. As this seven-year-old girl was running to meet a stranger, her smile was the only thing that mattered. It was the brightest smile that Ellie Hoyt had ever seen. As they were talking, Hoyt encouraged her to pursue her dreams, but she learned it was not that easy. “My mom says we can’t afford it but one day I will be able to,” the girl said. That was when Hoyt knew she had to do something. It was not okay for her to see these children have dreams that will never come to fruition just because their financial situation limits them. “They could be the next Michael Jackson; they could be the next Michael Jordan, but…

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PHOTOS: Bethel basketball teams sweep home opener doubleheader

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Royal cagers score wins over River Falls and Crown By Jared Martinson Second half turns close game into comfortable victory for women’s basketball Plenty of Bethel community members headed home for Thanksgiving weekend on Tuesday, but the Robertson Center gym was packed for the first hoops action of the season. The Bethel women’s team defeated UW-River Falls by a score of 62-47, using a 14-0 run in the third quarter to cushion their lead. Senior center Hannah Johnson showed her interior dominance again with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance while junior forward Taite Anderson added 16 points. The women are 3-0 for the first time since 2013-14. Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer’s squad travels to play a conference game against Augsburg next Wednesday. Jenson paces another balanced attack as men’s team runs away from Crown Jack Jenson scored 20 points to lead the Bethel men’s team past Crown College by a score of…

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Bethel football blitzes Wartburg 41-14 in first round of NCAAs

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Jaran Roste made his routine read on an option run and 15 seconds later found himself in the end zone. That’s been a common occurrence and a point of emphasis for the dominant Bethel Royals offense. ”It starts up front with us,” the freshman quarterback said after the game. “Our offensive line does a great job of creating holes for our guys to run through.” En route to a 41-14 thrashing of Wartburg College in the first round of the Division 3 NCAA playoffs, Roste and the Royals rushed for 387 yards and added 47 through the air. A handful of explosive runs padded the 35-0 lead Bethel built by the halftime break. Wartburg head coach Rick Willis knew the kind of fight the Knights would have to be in against Bethel, having faced the Royals multiple times in the regular season and playoffs over the last decade. “We couldn’t…

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Coverage Alert: Bethel Football hosts Wartburg in NCAA first round today

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Follow the Clarion today for in-depth playoff football coverage! By Jared Martinson Saturday afternoon at Royal Stadium is expected to be just as cold as last week and even more raucous. The Bethel football team (9-1) plays host to Wartburg College (8-2) in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. It’s the Royals’ first playoff appearance since 2013. For extensive game coverage and updates throughout, be sure to follow Jared Martinson on Twitter @Jar_Head88. The Clarion Staff will be providing news and notes outside the lines of the field as well. The contest begins at noon on the campus of Bethel University. Admission is $4 for students (with a valid ID) and $8 for adults.

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Athlete turns passion into mission

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With only one trip down to Guatemala, Becca Brubaker knew she was called to serve with her sport. By Sam Johnson Bethel University senior Becca Brubaker felt such a strong calling when she was working with local communities in Guatemala during her spring semester studying abroad, she decided not to leave.   “God kept telling me I need to stay.” Although the Bethel study abroad program lasted a semester, she was convinced her time in Guatemala was not quite over. After prayer and deliberation, she listened to what God was telling her and partnered with a missions organization that she stayed with over the course of the summer. Working with Students International—a non-denominational Christian ministry organization that partners with full-time missionaries in countries such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua—Brubaker learned to love the new culture. Soccer is one thing that is important to the youth in Guatemala, so…

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Bethel football upsets No. 9 St. Thomas, boosts playoff hopes in final regular season game

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Well-rounded performance on Senior Day gives Royals a chance at NCAA Tournament By Jared Martinson Jumping up and down at a football game in 20-degree weather is a common occurrence, but Royal Stadium wasn’t going bonkers because of the frozen conditions. The Bethel University football team (9-1, 7-1 MIAC) flew around on offense, defense and special teams en route to a victory over the University of St. Thomas (8-2, 6-2 MIAC) on Saturday. The win all but secures an NCAA playoff at-large berth for Bethel, and likely knocks the Tommies out of the postseason picture. The Royals were paced by the running game early on. Their first drive culminated in a 41-yard scamper by running back Sam Gibas. The sophomore carried 18 times for 72 yards on the day. After a quick three-and-out stop by Bethel’s defense, the offense was pinned down inside the 10-yard line for their second possession;…

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