Like I’ve said before, it’s never too late for Roll Call.
Before we jump right in, any predictions on the Washburn-NW Missouri game in Maryville tomorrow? I’m saying 35-21 NWMSU.
Here you go:
FOOTBALL: Dane Simoneau was a no-brainer for the POW on offense after what he did to Pitt State — 362 yards passing & 5 TDs in just three quarters. But Out West, Fort Hays cornerback CJ Lovett continues to make his case as the league’s best (And don’t come at me with Myles Burnsides — it’s not 2008) with two picks in a win over Nebraska-Omaha. The kicker? The first pick was at the FHSU 2 and he returned it 53 yards to set up a TD. The second was in the FHSU endzone and tied Mike Allen (1987-1990) for the Tigers’ career int. record with 13. This is CJ’s third Player of the Week honor, with the first two coming on special teams. What’d you do this fall?
VOLLEYBALL: There’s a dogfight at the top of the MIAA standings, and with a ton of volleyball left to be played, nothing is certain. ESU swept Player of the Week honors with OH Arica Shepard and setter Ting Liu this week, and are in second place in league — 9-2 record — behind Central Missouri at 11-1. The Mules have a a 17-match winning streak that should be at 18 when they travel to ESU next Wednesday.
CROSS-COUNTRY: ESU also swept weekly honors here, with a pair of sophomores in Adam McGovern and Kaite Mona.
While hoops season can’t get here quick enough over off West Kellogg, there are some Jets who keep reeling in weekly Heartland Conference honors for their fall sports, namely Melissa Ortiz, who smashed her own 4K school record at the Ollie Isom Invite, where she finished fourth, right behind Mona. Women’s soccer player Mallory Hurst was the HC’s offensive player of the week after putting up two goals and two assists in a 5-0 win over Texas A&M-International. Defender Heather Baloga was the defensive POW for leading the charge against A&M and scoring a goal in a 1-1 tie with No. 18 Incarnate Word.
FOOTBALL: Stephen Harrison … Bravo, young man, Bravo.
The senior wide receiver from McPherson not only took KCAC special teams Player of the Week, he hit ‘em up for NAIA national special teams honors, too. Stephen dropped 244 all-purpose yards on KWU in last Saturday’s 52-38 win, which included returning a kickoff 80 yards for a TD to open the second half. He’s fifth in the country in all-purpose yards at 177 per game. For the offensive and defensive POWS, we saw something we haven’t seen around these parts for a looooonnng time. Southwestern. QB Jordan Barrett was the man on offense after The Jinx upset Bethany, and Moundbuilders’ DB Nick Koch was the man on defense with two picks in the win.
VOLLEYBALL: First-place Tabor and second-place Friends go at it on Monday in Hillsboro in a match that could go a long ways towards determining the league champ. Until then, we’ve got Roll Call to tide us over. Friends’ Addie Petersen was the hitter of the week after the Chanute native helped the Falcons’ gut out a gruesome week of non-conference games. Bethel’s Addison Wolf was the libero of the week and Saint Mary’s Stephanie Wright took Hitter of the Week.
MEN’S SOCCER: Sterling’s Cuyler Prichard was the man on offense and 6-foot-5 McPherson defender Tank Tyler (yes, that’s really his name) was the defensive POW.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Ottawa isn’t going to lose to anybody in the KCAC this year. Point blank, period. They’re 6-0 and nobody is even threatening them on the way to their first league title since 2006. Forward Whitney Brown (offense) and defender Christie Johnson (defense) were the KCAC POWs.
CROSS COUNTRY: Friends junior Dan Neidlinger finisht 10th at the Isom Invite to win men’s honors, and KWU’s Crystal Stegman, a Salina native, finished sixth at the same invite to take women’s kudos.
FOOTBALL: Heights product Kendall Davis was the NJCAA defensive player of the week after taking two picks TO THE HOUSE for the Blue Dragons in a rout of Air Force Prep last Saturday. I’m interested to see how HCC finishes out the season after a disastrous three-game skid that saw losses to Fort Scott, Butler and … Coffeyville. Mainly, is it even possible for the Blue Dragons to think about a bowl game at this point? I’ve got a lot of bowl questions, actually. But we’ll save that for a later date. Hutch RBs Chris Clay (181, 2 Tds) and Chris Anderson (160, TD) split offensive honors. Fort Scott DB Dennis Herbin split Jayhawk honors with Davis after his 4-Int performance against Highland.
VOLLEYBALL: Places I’d like to go … Arraial do Cabo, Brazil might be right up there. That’s where Hutch outside hitter Karol Marins is from, and she’s the KJCCC player of the week after leading the No. 13 Blue Dragons to wins over No. 9 Seward County and Pratt.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Under protest, I give you this. There can’t be five of them. Sorry, there just can’t.
MEN’S SOCCER: Ryan Richardson, Coffeyville. One man, one award. I like the logic.
I’m outta here … gotta go wait in line for Bon Jovi tickets.