BSU Soccer, Volleyball Teams Start Seasons Today

As you well know, the Bemidji State football team has been practicing since Thursday. Only four days into practice and I’m already getting tired of typing the sentence, “The Beavers quarterback situation is still a major unknown.”

I’ll have more info on that later this week… hopefully then the Beaver coaching staff has a better idea who is going to be under center for the Sept. 5 opener at Winona State.

In the meantime, the BSU soccer and volleyball teams officially start preseason practice Monday.

The Beaver women’s soccer team has already had about two weeks of practice under their belts, as they traveled to Costa Rica earlier this month for the program’s first-ever foreign trip.

The Beavers trained in Costa Rica and played against two Costa Rican national teams, but they also got a chance to do some mission work with underprivileged children in the country.

BSU midfielder Maria McLeod wrote about the experience in a series of posts over at the BSU Blog Jam (a blog run by the BSU athletic department). Read some of her dispatches here.

McLeod and the rest of the Beavers are primed for another solid season after losing just two players from the 2012. They open the season Friday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. – the first ever game that will be played on the currently-being-installed FieldTurf at Chet Anderson Field.

The BSU volleyball team also begins camp Monday and despite a poor showing in 2012 – the Beavers went just 4-23 overall and 2-18 in NSIC play – lost just one senior from 2012 and have 10 players returning from that squad. They also have a talented pool of incoming freshmen, including Bemidji High School star Jess Yost.

I’ll have full reports on both teams’ first weeks of practice next week along with an update on the Beavers’ quarterback situation.

Finally, of interest: My piece on former BSU tight end Brian Leonhardt, who appears to be slowly making his way up the Oakland Raiders depth chart.