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Call of the north

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 09/22/11, 11:57PM CDT


Former Holy Family Catholic defenseman Brady Riesgraf chooses Bemidji State

Holy Family Catholic's Brady Riesgraf, one of the state's top-scoring defenseman last season, has committed to play at Bemidji State. Photo by Helen Nelson

Brady Riesgraf enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.

He is an outdoorsman. And a hockey player.

Riesgraf’s mix of passions, when it came to deciding where to attend college, made Bemidji State a natural attraction.

“We loved the campus, how it sits right on the lake,” said Riesgraf, a former Holy Family Catholic defenseman who recently accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Beavers. “We’ve been looking at a lot of great schools, but Bemidji State was kind of what my heart said was the right place. I really like the feel of an up-north school.”

Riesgraf was one of the state’s top-scoring defenseman last season with 17 goals and 39 assists in 56 games. He is believed to be the first Fire player in the 10-year history of the program to receive a Division I scholarship.

“I’m glad I can put Holy Family on the map in that standard,” Riegraf said about being a Division I pioneer for the private school in Victoria. “The coaching staff has it going in the right direction. Hopefully they have a lot more guys coming out of there playing Divison I hockey in the future.”

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Riesgraf was Holy Family Catholic’s top scorer last season as the Fire went 14-11-1, losing to Delano 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Section 2A playoffs. He is playing for the Fargo Force in the USHL this season.

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2010-11 Minnesota High School Division I Recruits

Name High School Year Pos. College Verbal Commit
Josh Archibald Brainerd Senior F Nebraska-Omaha Yes
Tim Bonner Osseo Senior F Yale Yes
Jonny Brodzinski Blaine Senior F St. Cloud State Yes
Ryan Bullock Blake Senior D Dartmouth Yes
Tony Cameranesi Wayzata Senior F Minnesota-Duluth Yes
Patrick Daly Benilde-St. Margaret's Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Max Everson Edina Senior D Harvard Yes
Steven Fogarty Edina Senior F Notre Dame Yes
Tyler Heinonen Delano Senior F Michigan Tech Yes
Garrett Hendrickson Virginia Senior F St. Cloud State Yes
Adam Johnson Hibbing Sophomore F Minnesota-Duluth Yes
Bob Kinne Cretin-Derham Hall Senior F Bemidji State Yes
Joseph LaBate Holy Angels Senior F Wisconsin Yes
Ross Luedtke Orono Senior F Air Force Academy Yes
Alex Lyon Lake of the Woods Senior G Yale Yes
Justin Kloos Lakeville South Junior F Minnesota Yes
A.J. Michaelson Apple Valley Junior F Minnesota Yes
Bill Norman Rochester Mayo Senior D Maine Yes
Kyle Rau Eden Prairie Senior F Minnesota Yes
Brady Riesgraf Holy Family Catholic Senior D Bemidji State Yes
Zach Schroeder St. Thomas Academy Senior F RPI Yes
Kevin Schulze Hill-Murray Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Nick Seeler Eden Prairie Senior D Nebraska-Omaha Yes
Michael Sit Edina Senior F Boston College Yes
Garrett Skrbich Hermantown Senior F Princeton Yes
Eddie Wittchow Burnsville Senior D Wisconsin Yes