MSU to unveil Student-Athlete Academic Center

The Minot State department of athletics will unveil the Frantsvog Student-Athlete Academic Center during a ceremony on Friday in the Minot State Dome.

The ceremony will take place between the women’s and men’s basketball games against Winona State. The women’s game will begin at 6 p.m. and the ceremony will occur following the conclusion of the contest.

“We have high expectations of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom,” said Minot State Director of Athletics Andy Carter. “As a result, it’s imperative that we provide amenities that help to ensure success. This academic center is a major step forward in the education of our student-athletes.”

The Frantsvog Student-Athlete Academic Center is named in honor of Dean Frantsvog who has served as the Beavers Faculty Athletic Representative since 2010 and serves as a professor in the department of accounting and finance at Minot State.

The center is the latest advancement in Minot State’s initiative to improve student-athlete welfare. The center features state-of-the-art technology, peer tutoring services and a supervised study area.

The center was made possible through the generosity of American Trust Center, United Community Bank of North Dakota, Vibeto Orthodontics and Dean and Sara Frantsvog.

“I would like to thank the donors who generously supported this project,” Carter added. “Their contributions will help change the lives of every student-athlete that wears a Minot State uniform.”

– Minot State athletics

MSU softball 11th in presason poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Minot State has been selected to finish 11th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference preseason softball poll as voted upon by the league head coaches and announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

The Beavers received 99 points to finish 11th overall in the poll, while Winona State received 11 first-place votes and are the preseason favorite to capture the conference title with 221 points.

Augustana earned two first-place votes and finished second in the poll with 206 points, while Minnesota State received three first-place votes and placed third with 202 points. Minnesota Duluth (183 pts) and Sioux Falls (157 pts) round out the top five in the preseason poll.

Minot State, which finished the 2017 season with a 25-22 overall record and a 15-15 mark in the NSIC, returns five starters and eight letterwinners from last season.

The Beavers, who are under the direction of first-year head coach Dave Kivett, advanced to the NSIC Tournament last season and posted victories over Southwest Minnesota State and St. Cloud State.

Junior Lauren Cowden is the leading returning batter for Minot State after hitting .359 last season. She also had eight doubles, five triples, two homers and drove in 31 runs.

Senior Tori Zimmermann, sophomore Skyla Neubauer and junior Isis Cabral also return for the Beavers. Zimmermann belted four home runs in 2017 and drove in 30 runs from her catching position, while Neubauer batted .286 with two home runs and Cabral hit .278 and drove in 12 runs.

Minot State will have to replace its entire pitching rotation from last season and heading the list of newcomers on the mound is junior Laura Mendez.

Mendez and Zimmermann were selected as the Minot State players to watch in 2018.

The Beavers open the season at the Desert Stinger Tournament on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, Nev.

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MSU’s Goudeau named to All-Super Region Team

BROOKFIELD, Ill. – Minot State junior Kiante Goudeau was named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Three team the committee announced on Wednesday.

Goudeau, who was named to the third team defense, was named Second Team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North after tying for fourth in the conference with five interceptions. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native returned three interceptions for touchdowns during the season including two against St. Cloud State in the Beavers victory to close the season. He ranked fourth on the team with 63 tackles and also had five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a blocked kick and 1.5 sacks. He was selected as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 13.

Goudeau also was nominated for the Cliff Harris Award which is presented to the top small college defensive player and his three-interception game against St. Cloud State was ranked as the fifth best performance in Division II by Hero Sports.

It marks the second consecutive year in which the Beavers have had a player named to the All-Super Region team as Aaron La Deaux was honored following the 2017 season.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at the age of 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

– Minot State athletics