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MBB: Royals fall to conference-leading Tommies

Bethel loses to rival St. Thomas 75-86 at home. By Abby Pautz and David Pirrie Last time these two teams faced off, the Tommies won 68-65. Wednesday at Robertson Center Gym, St. Thomas, undefeated in conference play, won again 86-75. In a game full of lead changes, the Tommies ended up shooting a 50 percent while Bethel finished at 45 percent. In the first matchup Dec. 5 at St. Thomas, the Royals led 33-22 at half. St. Thomas ended up coming back in that game. Saturday, the Royals were down 38-35 at half, but couldn’t come back as the Tommies shot 87 percent from the free throw line. The Tommies’ Anders Nelson and Connor Blair led the team with 21 points and 7 rebounds each. Nelson also went 8-for-8 on free throws. The Royals’ Granger Kingland scored 17 points and gathered 10 rebounds and Matt Ambriz also had 17. “I thought… Keep Reading


Royals fall to the Auggies

The Bethel Royals lose to the Augsburg Auggies 74-67 By Abby Pautz and David Pirrie Last time the No. 3 Augsburg Auggies and No. 4 Bethel Royals faced off in women’s basketball, Bethel blew 4 point lead with a 2 minutes remaining in the MIAC opener. In this hard fought game with over 5 lead changes in 3 minutes with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Royals didn’t get any luckier and were outplayed with the final score being 74-67. History repeated itself as the Royals were up 32-27 at half. However, being outscored 21-11 in the 3rd quarter put the Royals in a hole they couldn’t climb out of. There were bright spots on both teams as the Auggies’ Arianna Jones lead the team with 15 points, while Tamira McLemore scored 14 and led in rebounds with 6. The Royals’ Taite Anderson put up 15 with 7… Keep Reading


Late game heroics fall short

The Royals’ efforts late in the second half aren’t enough as they fall to Augsburg. By Joe Hiti and Taylor Fondie Coming off a screen at the top of the key, Derek Magnuson caught the ball. With no defender in sight, he shot and made his fourth 3-pointer of the game, cutting Augsburg’s lead to three. “They weren’t guarding me,” Magnuson said. “So, I shot it.” In his 24 point outing the Bethel big man went 4-4 from deep in a loss to Augsburg University Wednesday night. “Every game we play on runs,” Magnuson said in response to the Royals going down by 16 in the second half.  “As a team we did a great job playing possession by possession until we were back in it.” The Royals went a on run of their own late in the second that saw Magnuson picking up 14 of his 24 points. They… Keep Reading


Royals take down Lumberjills in 2019 debut

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… Keep Reading


Women’s hockey team wins back to back

The Royals started their first 2-game win streak of the season. By Taylor Fondie and Joe Hiti, Sports Reporters Four Bethel University players scored, including two goals from sophomore forward Bri Stafne, in a 5-2 win over Northland College at the Bethel University Arena in Blaine. The Royals beat Northland 4-0 the night before.  “We came into the second down by a goal and we all knew what we needed to do,” said Stafne, who scored in both the second and third periods. Freshman goalie Emily Auge made 34 saves on 36 shots in her first win of the season. The Royals head into next weekend’s home-and-away series against Saint Benedict with a two-game win streak.  “Keep the momentum coming,” Stafne said. “We haven’t won two games in a row, it’s exciting for all of us girls to feel that.”   Keep Reading


Royals beat St. Kate’s

The Bethel women’s basketball team edged out St. Kate’s 64-55 at home. By Zach Walker, Clarion Sports Reporter In game full of fouls, steals, and lead changes, the Bethel Royals defeated the St. Catherine’s Wildcats 64-55 Jan 5 at Bethel University’s Robertson Center. Scoring for Bethel was evenly spread. Hannah Johnson led the team with 14 points, while Taite Anderson and Makenna Pearson followed with 12 points each. Sam Orth and Danica Cambrice led the Wildcats with 12 and 11 respectively, the only players with double-digit points. Makenna Pearson proved essential to the Royals during the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of threes and leading the team in steals with five. Despite a tough shooting night, the Royals proved dominant on defense. Running a full-court press for most of game and a zone defense in the halfcourt, Bethel forced 22 turnovers. “Our zone came up big for us today,” coach… Keep Reading


Crossing the Divide

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… Keep Reading


PHOTOS: Bethel basketball teams sweep home opener doubleheader

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… Keep Reading


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

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… Keep Reading

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