Coe College junior Ethan Ball started his season by winning the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 4. Ball, a 2010 Mercer County graduate and 174-pounder, earned the honor by winning the Gold Division crown at the Loras Open.
He finished 3-0 with pins over Grand View's Thomas Moman and Hannibal-LaGrange's Nathan Downs before earning a 6-4 victory over Upper Iowa's Balek Sorenson.
Ball ended the week by helping the Kohawks to a 16-15 criteria win over sixth-ranked Wisconsin-LaCrosse. In the dual, he had a 3-1 decision against Grant Miller.
Sheley nets ranking: Adam Sheley opened his senior wrestling season at Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a national ranking. The 2009 Geneseo graduate is listed second in the d3wrestle.com 141-pound rankings.
Sheley won his lone match this season -- an 8-2 victory over Coe's Chris LeClere -- on Friday.
As a junior, Sheley went 26-5 and finished sixth in the NCAA Div. III championships at 133 pounds. That result enabled Sheley to earn All-America status.
Smith earns honor: Upper Iowa junior goalkeeper Amanda Smith garnered first-team All-Northern Sun Conference honors. The 2010 Moline graduate was one of two Upper Iowa players named to the 11-member first team and the lone goalkeeper.
Smith ranked second in the league with a 0.46 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. For the season, Smith had 13 shutouts and helped the Peacocks set the program record for single-season victories.
Buresh gets start: Redshirt sophomore forward Kelly Buresh started and played a team-high 35 minutes in Quincy's 65-50 season-opening loss at Northwest Missouri State on Friday. Buresh, a 2010 Annawan graduate, tallied three points, seven rebounds and an assist.
A year ago, Buresh averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, helping the Hawks reach the NCAA Tournament.
DeVriese helps Loras advance: Loras junior forward and 2010 Alleman graduate Lynn DeVriese helped the Duhawks advance in the NCAA Div. III Tournament after a 4-2 win over Calvin College on Saturday. DeVriese started in the victory that enabled Loras to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in program history.
Last week, DeVriese was named to the All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team. On top of that, she has twice been named the league's offensive player of the week.
DeVriese has a team-leading 13 goals this year
Seven SAU women honored: Another solid season led to several individual awards for the St. Ambrose women's soccer team. SAU tied for the league lead with seven selections on the All-Midwest Collegiate Conference Team.
The Queen Bees had three first-team selections (midfielder Ashley Dexter of North Scott, midfielder Brianna Hunzeker and defender Kelly Schroeder) and four players earn honorable mention (defender Allison Bevenue, forward Katie Fischetti, goalkeeper Morgan Lynn and midfielder Megan Theisen).
SAU, which finished 13-7 overall and third in the MCC at 4-1-1, matched Grand View for the most all-conference picks.
Four Bees earn All-MCC honor: After winning six more matches than last year, St. Ambrose had four selections on the All-Midwest Collegiate Conference men's soccer team. Matt Kraciun was a first-team selection and Charlie MacInnes, Tirelo Morake and Jared Winking received honorable mention nods.
It is the most all-conference selections for the Bees since the 2008 team had eight All-MCC picks.
St. Ambrose finished the season 10-6-2 and third in the MCC with a 3-2-1 conference mark.
Kraciun (Sr., midfielder, Bettendorf) led the Bees with eight assists and shared the team lead with 11 goals. MacInnes (Soph, forward, Liverpool, England) also posted 11 goals in his first season with the Bees. Morake (Sr., midfielder, Botswana) was second on the team with six assists and scored five goals.Winking (Sr., defender, Quincy) earned all-conference honorable mention for the second straight year.
MCC baseball poll: St. Ambrose and Grand View shared last year's regular season Midwest Collegiate Conference baseball crown, and early indications via the coaches preseason poll are that the league might be in the running for a sequel in 2013.
St. Ambrose (24-26, 16-8 MCC last year) topped the coaches poll with 24 points and four of the six first-place votes. Grand View, the 2012 tournament champion and the league's lone NAIA Opening Round representative, is a close second with 21 points and the final two first-place votes.
Mount Mercy (18 points), William Penn (12), Clarke (9), and Viterbo (6) rounded out the poll.
MCC softball poll: The William Penn softball team was tabbed the league favorite for the 2013 Midwest Collegiate Conference softball race in the preseason coaches poll.
The Lady Statesmen (47-18, 22-2 MCC last year) top the six-team race with 34 points and four of the six first-place votes. William Penn won both the regular season and tournament titles last year, earning a trip to the NAIA National Championships.
St. Ambrose, with the final two first-place votes, is tied with Grand View for second at 27 points. There is then a bit of a drop-off with Mount Mercy (17 points), Viterbo (11) and Clarke (10) rounding out the rating.
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