The all-time leading scorer in Bemidji State men’s hockey history, Mike Alexander was a four-year letterwinner for the Beavers. A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Alexander recorded 98 goals and 154 assists for 252 points during his 136-game collegiate career. Alexander led the team in scoring in 1984-85 and 1985-86, which included a program-record 58 assists and 90 points as a senior. He is one of seven players in the history of Beaver Hockey to record five goals in a game (2/22/1986) and recorded four collegiate hat tricks. An AHCA Titan All-American in 1985 and 1986, he was a member of Bemidji State’s 31-0-0 1984 national championship team and captained BSU to its ninth national title in 1986. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 113-21-4 and won four straight Northern Collegiate Hockey Association championships. In 2005-06, Alexander was selected as one of 50 Legends for 50 Years of BSU hockey.
A native of Hibbing, Minn., Amber Fryklund established herself as one of the greatest players in BSU Women’s Hockey history. In just three seasons and 100 games played in the green and white, Fryklund compiled 59 goals and 63 assists for 122 points, while leading the Beavers in all three categories during each of her three campaigns at BSU. She was the first BSU women’s player to break the 100-point barrier and remains the Beavers’ all-time leading scorer. She still owns two of the top three single-season point totals in program history, including a BSU-record 49-point 2000-01 season. Her career total of 59 goals and three hat tricks remain atop the Beavers’ all-time goal scoring list, while her 63 assists stand second on BSU’s career assists list. A two-time All-WCHA Second Team selection, she was the first BSU player to earn All-WCHA honors in 2001-02, she garnered four WCHA Player of the Week awards was selected to the 2001-02 WCHA All-Star Team. In addition, she led the BSU women’s hockey team to back-to-back appearances in the WCHA Tournament (2002 and 2003).
A four-year letterwinner for the Bemidji State men’s swimming and diving team, Joel Olander was a four-time All-Northern Intercollegiate Conference selection as a diver. A conference one-meter and three-meter champion, he earned NAIA and American College Coaches Association All-America honors in 1978, 1980 and 1981. Olander left Bemidji State as its three-meter diving record-holder with a 309.65 set in 1980. In addition, he helped lead the Beavers to four conference championships and four straight appearances in the NAIA championships (1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981). Olander was also a member of Bemidji State’s 1979-80 men’s swimming and diving team that was enshrined into the BSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
A six-time letterwinner on the track, Risberg competed in both indoor and outdoor track and field for the Beavers from 1993-96. She earned the first two of her seven event conference championships in 1994 when she posted a mark of 17-feet, 10-inches in the long jump and cleared 5-feet, 3-inches in the high jump indoors en route to recognition as an All-American in the event by the USTFCCCA. She repeated as the NSIC champion in both events the following indoor season, which included a career-best high jump mark of 5-feet, 4-inches and a personal-best long jump of 17-feet, 8-and-3/4 inches. As a captain of the team in 1996, she again won the NSIC outdoor long jump title and was selected as BSU’s Most Valuable Player. As a multi-even athlete, she recorded a score of 4,093 to claim the NSIC heptathlon crown and finished her career as a member of BSU’s conference champion 4x100-meter relay team.
1981, 1983, 1985-86
A four-year letter winner for the Bemidji State football team, Wellumson completed his career with 153 total tackles with 31 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He added four forced fumbles and two interceptions, which he returned a total of 109 yards and two touchdowns. His accomplishments still place him second in single-season touchdown returns and sixth in single-season interception return yards. The defensive tackle remains second on BSU’s single-season sack list after posting with 13.5 in 1986, while his 20.5 career sacks place him third on the Beavers’ career sack list. An All-NIC pick in 1986, Wellumson was selected all-district in 1985 and 1986 and was an All-America Honorable Mention selection in 1986. He was a leader for a defensive unit that was among the NAIA’s leaders in scoring defense in 1985 and 1986, was fifth in the nation in rushing defense in 1986 and seventh in total defense that season.
Wellumson battled thyroid cancer during his collegiate football career and was an inspiration and example of hard work and dedication to his teammates. Cancer claimed the life of the husband and father of four March 4, 1995 at the age of 31.