Augie's Moesle honored: For the second time in the last three years Augustana midfielder Taylor Moesle has been named first-team NCAA Division III All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association. Moesle, who just finished her senior season, was also a first-team selection in 2010 after her sophomore year.
Moesle also was this season's CCIW "Player of the Year" as she helped lead Augustana to the league title with a 7-0 record. The Vikings were 16-5 and participated in the NCAA Division III
national tournament for the third time in the last four years and the fifth time in the program's history.
Moesle's teammates, freshman forward Kelly Farell and junior defender Maggie Hoscheit were selected to the NSCA's all-region team. Both were third-team picks.
Busch making waves: Former United Township prep Alyssa Busch, a senior at Oakland University in Michigan, was named The Summit League's Women's Swimming Athlete of the Week, an honor she earned with a terrific outing at last weekend's Eastern Michigan Invitational.
Busch recorded two NCAA "B" cut times and set a meet record in the invite. The senior won the 100 backstroke in a meet record time of :54.82 and finished second in the 200 back in 1:58.83, both NCAA "B" cut times. Her 100 back time marks the fastest league time this season and her 200 back time ranks second in the league. Busch also was a member of the second-place 200 and 400 medley relay teams, recording league-best times of 1:44.16 and 3:45.93, respectively.
SAU's Berg, Friederich earn academic acclaim: Alex Berg and Andrew Friederich were named to the 2012Capital One Academic All-America College Division Football First Team. The pair advanced to thenational ballot after earning all-district honors last month.
Berg, a senior offensive lineman from Batavia,started all 11 games for the Bees, splitting time between both guard positions, andhelped SAUaverage more than 440 yards of offense per game.
Friederich, a junior tight end who prepped at Davenport Assumption, was second on the team with 24 receptions for 468 yards and seven touchdowns thisseason.
St. Ambrose has had four student-athletes earn Capital One Academic All-America honors this fall --Berg, Friederich, Matt Kraciun (men's soccer first team) and Morgan Lynn (women's soccer third team).
Blondell, Clay among Bees to grabs MCC honors: Three St. Ambrose University winter athletes earnedMidwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Week honors in their respective sports, including formerlocal preps Justin Blondell and Raimon Clay.
Blondell (Sr., Moline) earned the men's basketball weekly honor by averaging 19.0 points in threegames last week. The point guard tallied a week-high 22 points in a win over Benedictine-Springfield. He shot 45.5% from the field, 72.7% from the line, and 40.9% from behind the arc. Blondellalso averaged 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.0 steals per contest.
Clay (Soph., United Township) was named men's indoor track runner of the week by winning the55-meter dash (6.54 seconds) and taking third in the 200 (23.20) at the Frigid Bee Invite. Clay's 55time was the second-fastest in school history.
SAU's third honoree was thrower Wes Vaden, who earned the men'sindoor field nod by winning the weight throw and placing second in the shot put at SAU's Frigid BeeInvite. His toss of 49-feet earned the weight throw crown, while his shot put throw of47-2 1/4 earned the silver medal.
North Scott's Mead to SAU: St. Ambrose University women's volleyball coach Bruce Billingsley didn'thave to look far for a new standout to join his program.The school announced this week that North Scott High School standout Erin Mead will join theQueen Bees volleyball program next fall.
Mead, an outisde hitter, helped lead the Lancers to a share of the Mississippi Athletic Conferencechampionship and a spot in the Elite 8 at the 2012 Iowa State Tournament.
The first team all-MAC and honorable mention Iowa Class 4A all-state selection led North Scott with302 kills this season, an average of 3.18 per game. She was also second on the team with 320 digs, 51service aces and 53 blocks. She earned All-MAC honorable mention honors the previous two years.
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