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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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COVERAGE ALERT: Bethel basketball teams hosting MIAC playoff doubleheader

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The women’s and men’s hoops teams open the conference tournament with home games on Tuesday night. By Jared Martinson Both Bethel University basketball teams are slotted at the third seed in the MIAC playoffs, which begin Tuesday evening in the Robertson Center. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., followed by a clearing of the gym for re-ticketing; then the men’s game tips off at 8 p.m. Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer’s 19-6 squad faces St. Mary’s University (13-12) in the opener, a team they defeated 13 days ago at home 86-68 behind 22 points from Taite Anderson. The Cardinals are led by forward Brandi Blattner, who scored 21 points against Bethel in the first meeting. This game is a rematch of last season’s MIAC quaurterfinals, in which St. Mary’s defeated Bethel in the same Arden Hills gym 58-54. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. The men’s team comes into their quarterfinal…

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Bethel basketball sweeps doubleheader at Hamline, looks ahead to playoffs

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The men’s and women’s basketball teams finish the regular season with road victories and will each host the first round of the MIAC playoffs. By Jared Martinson Again, defense wins out in Bethel women’s basketball triumph Entering Saturday, Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer’s Royals were 7-1 in their last eight games. 32. 33. 28. 20. 23. 18. 27. 37. I don’t know what you would imagine those numbers to mean, but I’m guessing it wouldn’t be the number of turnovers each Bethel opponent had in those eight games. “Last March, our captains came to me and asked, ‘what is it that we can do to make you less frustrated?’,” Herbrechtsmeyer said. “I told them to believe in what I was asking them to do on the defensive end. This is a culmination of work since last March.” The Royals went on the road and forced Hamline into 33 turnovers Saturday en route…

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