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

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… Keep Reading

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Maxwell resigns as head soccer coach

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… Keep Reading

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Surviving the spotlight

Freshman Ty Koehn has won an ESPY and appeared on Good Morning America, but his 10 seconds of fame can’t end soon enough. By Josh Towner Koehn worked on the wad of Big League Chew bubblegum in his mouth as he looked to see who the next batter was.  One more out would punch Mounds View High School’s ticket to the state tournament. His heart sank as he recognized his longtime friend Jack Kocon step up to the plate. The two had played basketball and baseball together since elementary school. Koehn and Kocon were both seniors. With Mounds View leading Totino-Grace four to nothing in the last inning, Koehn knew this was likely Kocon’s last at bat. Kocon was the same guy who hit a walk-off just days earlier against Mounds View. Koehn worked to a 2-2 count. Mounds View’s ticket needed one more strike. The catcher signaled for an… Keep Reading

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The hometown hitter

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… Keep Reading

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Freshman works for the Wolves

Tyson Hohenecker gets a courtside view to NBA games as a team assistant for the Minnesota Timberwolves. By Judd Martinson Free shoes. Signed memorabilia. Courtside view. And all Bethel University freshman Tyson Hohenecker has to do is give star NBA players water in paper Gatorade cups. Hohenecker got a team assistant job for the Minnesota Timberwolves through his dad working for former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. “Flip said, ‘Hey, would Tyson want to come and be a ball kid,” Bill Hohenecker, Tyson’s dad said. Hohenecker’s dad worked first for the Timberwolves as a radio producer and then as a travel and facilities manager reporting to former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders. “My dad was the glue that held a lot of the organization together because he knew how to coordinate with people,” Hohenecker said. Hohenecker’s dad currently works for Kevin Garnett. The two became friends while Garnett played for… Keep Reading

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A smile that matters

Freshman Justin Evilsizer is not an average sports fan, rather he lives his life bringing joy and positivity to everyone he meets. By Sam Johnson Click. Click. Justin Evilsizer sits at a ticket table in front of the Robertson Center, using his blue stamper to send a smiley face onto fans’ wrists. Click. The Bethel’s men’s basketball team prepared to go against St. Thomas and Evilsizer greeted everyone, Royal or Tommie, with fist-bumps, high-fives, or a nod and a smile. Instead of spectators gazing at a Raisin’ Canes gift basket on top of the table as they entered the gym, filled with a baby blue t-shirt, a plush dog with a ‘Canes’ bandana, and layers of red confetti, they glanced first to someone else. His bright neon green shirt helped catch their attention. It might still be seen even if the building lost power. “Enjoy the game,” the decked-out Royals… Keep Reading

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On my own two feet

A double amputee, Elena Evans made strides longer than she ever imagined possible. By Zach Walker Elena Evans loved summer camp. Suspended by paracord at the top of a rock wall, she surveyed Trout Lake. The water and the trees and the toddlers stared up at her like she was royalty. Releasing her grip, she descended through woodland air, the smell of pine and campfire smoke welcoming her back. The rope went slack as she landed on feet that weren’t hers. Novocherkassk, Russia — In 1996, there was no cure for physical deformation. No medicine, no therapy, no special care. Most kids learned how to walk. Evans did too, just on her knees. Evans was born with feet that curved in. Not the standard angle, but a sharp diversion toward the opposite calf. She did a sort of shuffle across the orphanage floor, her feet lagging behind. It was there… Keep Reading

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

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… Keep Reading

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

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… Keep Reading

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Bethel routed by St. John’s in MIAC semis

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… Keep Reading

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