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Bethel’s Jeff Nelson to umpire the plate for Game 7 of World Series

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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It’s been quite the year for Bethel alum, Jeff Nelson.

Not only was Nelson invited to be an umpire in his home state at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game held at Minnesota’s own Target Field, but he was also announced as a member of the 2014 MLB World Series crew several weeks ago.

Wednesday evening, however, Nelson will reach perhaps the pinnacle of professional umpiring, as he will be called upon to be the home plate umpire for the game seven matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

Nelson, who previously worked the 2005 and 2009 World Series, is in his 17th year as an umpire for Major League Baseball. Prior to his time in the big leagues, Nelson worked 10 years in the Minor League system and spent his first season with the Pioneer League-a rookie league in Utah.

Throughout his career Nelson has not only worked in three World Series, but he has also been a part of five league championship series and five division series.

In an interview earlier this summer Nelson noted, “Being a student at Bethel was the first time I had to leave home and live on my own. The institution helped me identify who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live outside the comfort of home. Now that I travel all of the time, I see how much Bethel shaped me to be a man of integrity, especially while being on the road.”

Fans can watch game seven of the 2014 MLB World Series on Fox Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m.–

Bethel’s NCAA Playoff Football Game Moved to Metrodome

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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ARDEN HILLS, Minn.-Bethel University’s football team is hosting the opening round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs, but it will have a different look than the previous five home games this season. The Royals will be taking on St. Scholastica this Saturday at noon on the Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome.

The No. 6-ranked Royals made the arrangements to host the Saints at the Metrodome due to forecasted weather conditions Saturday. All previous activities, including the Royal Gameday, are still scheduled to take place on the campus of Bethel University at their originally scheduled times.

Advanced tickets will not be sold in advance to the general public. However, fans can purchase $8 tickets for adults and $4 tickets for students at the Metrodome on Saturday. Student buses will be made available and will take them to and from the Metrodome. Further details on transportation will be provided later this week.

Saturday’s contest between the Royals and Saints is presumed to be the final college football game held in the HHH Metrodome.

Bethel’s Paul Signs Professional Hockey Contract with German Team

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Bethel University star hockey player Jack Paul recently signed a professional contract with the Duisburg Fuchse (Foxes) of the German Oberliga (Upper League). Paul, who completed his final year in a Bethel Royal uniform in 2012-13 with his fourth All-Conference selection, will report to Duisburg in early August with the season set to start in September. The Fuchse are an affiliated feeder team to the Kolner Haie (Cologne Sharks) who compete in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), which is the top professional league in Germany. Duisburg was just recently eliminated from the Oberliga playoffs in the past week and play a 40-game regular season schedule in addition to the playoffs. A total of 39 teams in four divisions compete in the Oberliga, with several teams employing one or two American players.

“I am really excited for this opportunity and hopefully this is a stepping stone to move up,” Paul said.

Bethel’s head men’s hockey coach Charlie Burggraf spent time in the DEL in Germany from 1979-81 and played in the same city, Duisburg, that Paul is headed to.

“Coach has had a lot of good advice for me since it is the same city he played in,” Paul explained. “Otherwise I would be going in with no idea, so he has been really helpful.”

The Fuchse are bringing Paul in for his goal scoring and leadership ability. In four years at Bethel, Paul scored 53 goals and 103 points, including leading the MIAC in scoring during the regular season in his senior year. The Minnetonka, Minn., native also played two seasons of junior hockey in the NAHL before coming to Bethel after a standout, three–sport, career at Minnetonka High School.

“This will be a great experience for Jack to play in a foreign country,” coach Burggraf said. “The hockey is good and it is a big sheet of ice. They are looking for Jack to bring scoring and to mentor the younger guys on and off the ice. If he continues to play well more opportunities will open up for him.”

Paul will receive his degree from Bethel this May before heading to Germany to begin his professional career. Duisburg is located on the western part of the Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia and has the world’s biggest inland harbor, making it an important venue for commerce and steel production. While there, the Fuchse will provide Paul with housing and transportation in addition to a monthly stipend. Currently, the Fuchse have one other American on their roster.

VIDEO: Royal Perspective with Paul


Bethel’s Mathis gets another First Team All-American Award

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Already selected to the 2012 AFCA Coaches All-American First Team, Bethel’s Seth Mathis (Jr., Anoka, Minn.) was recently named to the 2012 All-American First Team by D3Football.com.Releasing its All-American list just before the 2012 Stagg Bowl between Mount Union and the University of St. Thomas, Mathis was one of three MIAC athletes and three linebackers selected to the First Team.Mathis—just a junior—was chosen to the AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team a week ago, as he finished the season 25th nationwide in total tackles. His 120 tackles helped him average 10.9 per game, while moving him into the Top 3 in Bethel’s record book for career tackles.The two-time All-MIAC player led the Royals in interceptions as well, finishing with five picks—including a 56-yard return for a touchdown against St. Olaf on November 3. Mathis also forced and recovered three fumbles for Bethel’s defense.“These are great awards for a great leader, athlete, worker, and player,” says head football coach Steve Johnson. “Not only is Seth fast and tough, but he is passionate about his teammates and the game. That is what makes him so special.”Seth will return to help the Bethel defense—who helped the Royals rank 42nd nationwide in turnover margin with a .75 margin per game—in 2013, as BU looks to return seven starters on the defensive side of the ball.D3Football.com RELEASE | AFCA RELEASE | VIDEO: Mathis Reaction to AFCA Award

Bethel holds on to beat Concordia-Chicago 24-23 in NCAA Playoffs

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

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Bethel stops Concordia’s two-point conversion to win 24-23

RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Royals are moving on to the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs with a 24-23 win over No. 18 Concordia University Saturday. The hosting Cougars (10-1) scored with 0:18 left in the fourth quarter, but J.D. Mehlhorn (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) broke up the ensuing two-point conversion to give Concordia University-Chicago its first loss of the season and an early exit from the 2012 postseason.

A sold out crowd at Concordia Stadium saw the Royals take the 24-10 lead with 6:31 left in the third quarter, but the Cougars never quit. Trailing 24-17 with under seven minutes in the final period, Bethel quarterback Erik Peterson (So., Orono, Minn.) was stripped in an attempt to place the ball over the goal line, which kept the score within seven. CUC later drove down the field to score what appeared to be the equalizer, but a failed pass attempt by Cougar quarterback Jake Koehler ended the game with the final 24-23.

The Royals’ defense proved to be the difference early on. Inside linebacker Seth Mathis (Jr., Anoka, Minn.) recorded his fifth interception of the season on the Cougars first drive, which was inside the Bethel 20-yard-line. A quick 3-and-out gave the ball back to Concordia, butJordan Anderson (Sr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) followed suite with his first interception of the season on the Bethel 18.

BU turned the turnover into points at the 4:11 mark in the first quarter, when freshmen kicker Nathaniel Van Loon (Fr., Faribault, Minn.) kicked a career-best 40-yard field goal to give the Royals the 3-0 advantage.

Bethel put together another six-minute drive on their next possession, however, this time the Royals put six on the board. Erik Peterson connected with Mitch Hallstrom (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) on a 4th-and-7 touchdown pass from the CUC 22-yard-line, which put BU up 10-0.

Hallstrom wasn’t done scoring, as he threw a touchdown to fellow wide out Jay Hilbrands(Sr., Clara City, Minn.) on the next Bethel possession. Peterson threw a bubble screen to Hallstrom, who then stepped back and fired a pass that got tipped right into the hands of Hilbrands, who then clipped the pylon.

Trailing 17-3, Concordia cut into the BU lead with an 8-play, 68-yard drive to go into the half down 17-10.

The Royals weren’t done scoring, though, as a solid rushing performance by Marshall Klitzke (Fr., Annandale, Minn.) helped Bethel find the end zone with 6:23 left in the third quarter. Erik Peterson’s one-yard carry gave BU just enough, as it and the Van Loon PAT was the difference maker in the 24-23 final.

Bethel finished the day with 21 first downs, totaling 350 yards. Klitzke rushed for 134 yards on 18 carries, averaging 7.4 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, Peterson completed 16-of-23 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps the most impressive stat was no turnovers throughout the entire 60 minutes.

Bethel’s quarterback connected with Mitch Hallstrom eight times for 100 yards. Hallstrom had an exceptional one-handed catch late in the fourth quarter on a fourth down play that extended the Royals drive. Brandon Marquardt (So., Champlin, Minn.), Jay Hilbrands, andKyle Ulstad (Sr., Fargo, S.D.) each caught two passes as well.

Defensively, Seth Mathis had another outstanding performance. Mathis finished with 15 tackles—eight solo—and one interception returned for 31 yards. Brett Skoog (Sr., Long Lake, Minn.) ended with 10 tackles, including one for loss. Erik Smith (Sr., Henning, Minn.) wrapped up six carries, including a sack for a six-yard-loss. In the secondary, J.D. Mehlhornalso played a special role, not only breaking up the potential game-winning two-point conversion, but also breaking up two other potential touchdowns.

The Royals kicker, Nathaniel Van Loon, was also astonishing. Van Loon not only nailed a 40-yarder, but he put every kickoff inside the Cougar five-yard-line—opposed to Concordia, who purposefully never got a kickoff past the 30-yard-line.

According to Concordia Coach Lonnie Pries, “We were not willing to put the ball in the hand’s of Bethel’s return men, so we decided made someone else hurt us.” This was effective on the first kick, as Bethel dropped the opening kickoff and the Cougars recovered—but the Royals had great field position the rest of the way.

With Saturday’s win, Bethel travels to Oshkosh, Wis. to take on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, who handled the College of St. Scholastica 55-10 in Oshkosh Saturday. The Titans finished its regular season 10-0 and received the automatic qualifier from the WIAC.

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