Coe quarterback McNutt wins weekly IIAC honor
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) announced today that Wartburg College volleyball player Bailey Wilson (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) and Coe College football player Jared McNutt (Warren, Ill./Warren) have been named IIAC Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. The Conference also recognized 14 Performers of the Week across the league's eight fall championship sports.
Volleyball (hitter) — Bailey Wilson, Wartburg College, West Des Moines, Iowa / Valley
Wilson, a sophomore middle blocker, averaged 9.6 kills, 4.6 blocks and 3.6 digs as the Knights posted a 3-2 mark during the week. She hit .350 including a staggering .714 (10 kills-0 errors-14 attacks) in a 3-set sweep at Simpson. Wilson had 23 total blocks, including seven solos, while helping the No. 15 Knights extend their school-record winning streak to 15 matches before a loss to No. 11 Elmhurst. Wartburg followed up the loss with an upset win over No. 12 Wisconsin-Whitewater. (IIAC Female Athlete of the Week)
Special mention — Rachel Schaefer, so., OH, Coe; Klaudia Basierak, fr., OH, Dubuque
Football (offense) — Jared McNutt, Coe College, Warren, Ill. / Warren
McNutt, a senior quarterback, was a perfect 17-of-17 on pass attempts for 260 yards and a career-high three touchdowns playing in just the first half of Coe's 51-0 win over Buena Vista. He and freshman Mark Atwater combined to tie the NCAA Division III record for most consecutive pass completions with 20. He also completed a career-long 55-yard pass to Jared Kuehner to set up Coe's third touchdown. (IIAC Male Athlete of the Week)
Special mention — Austin Morgan, fr., WR, Dubuque; Taylor Rogers, sr., WR, Simpson
Football (defense) — Brandon Ronan, Loras College, Waukon, Iowa / Waukon
Ronan, a senior linebacker, had a team-high 12 tackles, including six solo and 1.0 for loss, and a fourth-quarter interception that helped preserve a 28-25 Loras victory over Luther Sept. 29.
Special mention — Andrew Weaks, sr., LB, Central; Frank Weymiller, sr., DE, Coe; Mark Cronin, sr., LB, Simpson
Football (special teams) — Blaine Forsythe, Central College, Pella, Iowa / Pella
Forsythe, a sophomore punter, had four punts in Central's 31-24 win over Dubuque, averaging 40.2 yards per kick with a long of 47. He also placed one kick inside the Dubuque 20-yard line. Forsythe ranks second among IIAC punters and 19th in NCAA Division III in punting average and has placed seven kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line this year.
Special mention — Wes Anderson, jr., PK, Coe; Dave Pirkle, so., RS, Loras
Men's Soccer (offense) — Brandon Cook, Wartburg College, Bondurant, Iowa / Bondurant-Farrar
Cook, a senior forward, scored a career-high two goals and four points in the Knights' 3-2 upset win over No. 12 Wisconsin-Whitewater. His two goals came on just five shots against the Warhawks.
Special mention — Reid Galbraith, sr., MF, Coe; Sean Lewis, sr., F, Loras
Men's Soccer (defense) — Dylan Milkent, Loras College, Wheaton, Ill. / Glenbard South
Milkent, a junior goalkeeper, posted 2-0 shutouts over Wheaton (Ill.) and Luther last week -- teams that have both spent time in the top 25 this season. He now has eight shutouts, most of any IIAC goalkeeper. Milkent made four saves against the Thunder and two against Luther.
Special mention — Jake O'Rourke, jr., GK, Dubuque; David Sanford, sr., D, Wartburg
Women's Soccer (defense) — Alexandra Watkins, University of Dubuque, Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North
Watkins, a junior forward, helped the Spartans snap a five-game losing streak with four goals against Wisconsin-Platteville. She also added a goal in Dubuque's 1-1 double-overtime draw against Central.
Special mention — Cathy Reiter, sr., F, Wartburg
Women's Soccer (defense) — Kaylee Weems, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Center Point-Urbana
Weems, a freshman goalkeeper, made three saves and picked up the shutout in a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Buena Vista Sept. 28.
Special mention — Liz Daniels, so., D, Central; Ashley Frush, so., MF/F, Wartburg
Volleyball (libero/defensive specialist) — Marissa Shinstine, Wartburg College, Tripoli, Iowa / Tripoli
Shinstine, a junior libero, averaged 23 digs and 4.2 assists per set as the No. 15 Knights posted a 3-2 mark last week. She had a career-high 40 digs in a five-set win over Cornell, which increased Wartburg's winning streak to 15 matches. Shinstine also had two kills and six service aces during the week.
Special mention — Alissa Wittenburg, so., L/DS, Coe
Women's Golf — Abby Potts, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa / Hempstead & Kelsi Sawatzky, Wartburg College, Ankeny, Iowa / Ankeny
Potts and Sawatzky, both seniors, are tied for the medalist lead at the midway point of the Iowa Conference Women's Golf Championships. Potts fired rounds of 75 and 77 for a 152 total, posting a birdie in each round. Sawatzky fired rounds of 74 and 78 to match Potts at 152, picking up a pair of birdies in each round.
Special mention — Jennifer Gaffney, sr., Simpson (opened tournament with an even-par 72)
Women's Tennis — Melissa Davis, Wartburg College, Lakewood, Colo. / D'Evelyn
Davis, a freshman, improved to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in Iowa Conference play at No. 2 singles with four victories last week. She toppled Dubuque's Ashley Schlueter (6-2, 6-2), Central's Megan Davis (6-2, 6-0) and Buena Vista's Elizabeth Heffernan (6-4, 6-0) in straight sets and needed a third set to overcome Simpson's Allison Anderson (4-6, 6-2, 1-0). Davis also owns a 7-3 record at No. 1 doubles with Claire Evans after picking up four wins last week.
Special mention — Michelle Schupbach, sr., Coe; Elise Allen, sr., Luther
Men’s Cross Country — Eli Horton, Central College, Runnells, Iowa / Southeast Polk
Horton, a sophomore, placed sixth in a field of 272 runners in the Maroon (Division III) race at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. He completed the course in 26 minutes, 4.1 seconds to finish 34 seconds behind individual champion Tim Nelson of Wisconsin-Stout. Horton, the highest-placed IIAC runner in the event, led the Dutch to a fourth-place team finish with 103 points -- one point back of third-place Wisconsin-Platteville.
Women’s Cross Country — Alana Enabnit, Wartburg College, Clear Lake, Iowa / Clear LakeEnabnit, a sophomore, placed third in a field of 408 runners in the Maroon (Division III) race at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. She completed the 6-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 5.4 seconds and was 17 seconds behind individual champion Linda Keller of Minnesota-Morris. The top IIAC individual finisher, Enabnit led the Knights to a runner-up team finish with 108 points. Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the team title with 95 points.