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Bethel Men Cruise past Hamline

Derek McGaffey With the Bethel Royals men’s basketball team coming off of their first home loss in nearly a year, and second loss in a row, they hosted the Hamline Pipers at the Robertson Center gymnasium. Hamline came into the game in the midst of an 8-game losing drought. “[We can’t] let it get more than that. We need to finish better,” Bethel head coach Doug Novak said. Bethel started the scoring with a Trevor Hall lay-up. The game remained tight throughout the first 8 minutes. Knotted up at 17 apiece, Hamline head coach Jim Hayes called their first timeout with 11:37 to go in the first half. The Royals began to build a lead after the timeout, going up by six with 6:52 left. Bethel big man Tim Hanson nailed a three, his second make from downtown this season, to force another Pipers’ timeout with 5:10 remaining. Senior Jared… Keep Reading

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Still a Part of the Team

Derek McGaffey Five years ago, senior Ben Price first showed up to Bethel University, determined to be a part of the men’s hockey team. The red-haired freshman developed a relationship with former Bethel head coach Peter Aus at a hockey camp in Boston. The St. Johnsbury, Vermont native’s decision to attend Bethel was influenced by the hall of fame coach. Price made the team in his first year, but following the season, after a meeting with the coaches, it was clear that he would not be a part of the team next year. So he joined the football team. “I just wanted to be competitive,” he said. Price would stick to football for the rest of his college career, starting at wide receiver and eventually transitioning to tight end. After his final season, and finishing his college degree in four-and-a-half years, Price needed to get surgery on his hip. He… Keep Reading

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80-60 Win over Tommies Gives Lady Royals New Confidence

Tori Sundholm Just minutes after the final buzzer, Rachel Paraupsky and Coach Herbrechtsmeyer embrace after an 80-60 victory over St. Thomas on Saturday. Their faces of relief and delight echoed throughout the whole team, all knowing what an important game this was. Coming into the game, St.Thomas placed second in the MIAC behind St. Mary’s, while Bethel sat in a five-way tie for third. “It felt tremendous. I was almost speechless,” Herbrechtsmeyer said. In yesterday’s practice, Herbrechtsmeyer had a lot more to say, frustrated over help-defense drills in preparation for today’s game. But on Saturday, Bethel’s defensive performance left him with different outlook. “For three quarters we executed our defense nearly perfect. It’s hard with a 20-point lead to sustain energy,” Herbrechtsmeyer said. Paraupsky knew it would be a tough match-up. “The whole game I felt shaky with excitement and adrenaline and I’m still bouncing,” Paraupsky said. St. Thomas head… Keep Reading

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The New Big Man on Campus

Transfer freshman making big impact on men’s basketball team. Jason Stormer | Sports Editor The moment a child utters its first words can be an endearing moment for any parent. Not only is this considered a communication milestone for little ones as they absorb all the information their new world provides them, but it is also just flat out adorable. Just ask any loving parent what their child’s first words were and the memory will come to them quicker than the world record for the fastest diaper change. So when the infantile and current freshman player for the Bethel men’s basketball team, Derek Magnuson, shared his first words with his parents, he could have gone with textbook words like “Mama” or “Dada”, but he had more important things to say. “My first phrase was “ball, shoot, hoop,” Magnuson said. It turns out baby Derek may have been foreshadowing how the… Keep Reading

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Double Trouble

Strong goaltending giving the Bethel women’s hockey team a dynamic duo. Jason Stormer | Sports Editor When goaltender Erika Allen transferred to Augsburg following the 2013-14 season, it left the netminder situation for the Bethel women’s hockey team up in the air heading into 2014-15. Caitlin Dantzscher, Allen’s backup, did not return for her junior season and the only other goalies on the team were unproven freshmen, Maggie Straka and Michelle Klimstra. Coming off of two seasons that brought home spots on the MIAC All-Rookie and All-Conference teams, Allen’s departure left the 2014-15 team with big skates to fill. The coaches had no choice but to turn to one of the freshman, giving Klimstra the nod in their regular season opener. She proceeded to shutout UW-Eau Claire in her first career start and earn her own spot on the MIAC All-Rookie team with a 2.00 goals against average and .905… Keep Reading

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He’s a Keeper

In what has been a long season for the Bethel men’s soccer team, the things to celebrate have been few and far between. Although the team took the third most shots per game in the MIAC, they were in the bottom three in shooting percentage. The Royals took the fourth most shots, but scored the fourth least goals. Keep Reading

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Bolton of Lightning

On a regular summer day while a young Steven Bolton was working as a lifeguard at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, it was announced that Donald Trump himself would be making a surprise visit to his establishment. When the news broke of Trump’s sudden arrival, the staff frenzied in preparation, making the hotel glisten to his standards. In the chaos, young Steven was given a key responsibility -- To open Trump’s car door for him upon arrival. Keep Reading

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