MIAA Football Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Oct. 14

Xavier Omon, RB
Northwest Missouri State University

Omon, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior from Beatrice, Neb., logged his second 200-yard rushing effort in as many games as No. 9 Northwest earned a 28-26 home win over Central Missouri Saturday (Oct. 13).

He had 25 carries for 217 yards and one touchdown -- an 80-yard outburst in the second quarter which was Omon's longest run from scrimmage this season. It was the fifth 200-yard game of his collegiate career.

He has rushed for at least 100 yards in 11 straight games, and 31 overall in his career. The touchdown gave him 470 career points -- seventh on the Division II all-time list.

Omon, with 5,695 yards leaving him just 82 from passing Pittsburg State's Ronald Moore (1989-92 -- 5,776) for fourth on the MIAA career rushing list, is a graduate of Beatrice High School.

Others Nominated: Colin Bado, WR, MSSU; Eric Czerniewski, QB, UCM; La'Darrian Page, RB, MWSU; Mark Smith, QB, PSU; Brandon Walker, RB, WU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Mark Smith, QB, PSU; 9/3 -- Caleb Farabi, TB, PSU; 9/10 -- Matt Ticich, QB, TSU; 9/17 -- Alley Broussard, RB, MSSU & Caleb Farabi, TB, PSU; 9/24 -- Xavier Omon, RB, NWMSU; 10/1 -- Chadd Snyder, QB, PSU; 10/8 -- Xavier Omon, RB, NWMSU.

Bruce Ringwood, LB
Washburn University

Ringwood, a 6-foot-0, 227-pound junior from Blue Springs, Mo., logged a season-high mark for tackles as the Ichabods defeated intrastate rival Emporia State, 31-21, last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Emporia.

He made 11 tackles (six solos) in the game. Ringwood logged a quarterback sack, and his forced fumble late in the game helped preserve a two-possession lead for WU.

Ringwood is a graduate of Blue Springs High School, and transferred to WU from the University of Kansas following his freshman season.

Others Nominated: Corderial Collier, S, MSSU; Nick Dellasega, DB, PSU; Soane Etu, DE, MWSU; Sean Paddock, DE, NWMSU; Adrian Singletary, LB, UCM.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Garret Feig, DB, TSU; 9/3 -- Zach Watkins, ILB, WU; 9/10 -- Emmanuel Howard, CB, ESU; 9/17 -- Emmanuel Howard, CB, ESU; 9/24 -- Jared Brawner, LB, MSSU; 10/1 -- Kendall Ricketts, FS, UCM; 10/8 -- Jared Erspamer, LB, NWMSU.

Matt Frankel, P/K
University of Central Missouri

Frankel, a 6-foot-0, 215-pound senior from Lenexa, Kan., averaged more than 50 yards on four punts and more than 64 yards on four kickoffs in the Mules' 28-26 loss at No. 9 Northwest Missouri State Saturday (Oct. 13).

He averaged 50.5 yards per punt, with one inside the 20 and one touchback. His longest boot of the day went for 56 yards.

On Frankel's four regular kickoffs (the onside kick at the end of the game is not included), Northwest had average starting field position on the Bearcats 22-yard line. He had two kicks reach the end zone, with one going for a touchback.

He is a graduate of Overland Park (Kan.)-Shawnee Mission West High School.

Others Nominated: Ben Boswell, P, WU; Ryan Jones, CB, NWMSU; Ferrell McGee, KR/WR, MWSU; Jared Witter, K/P, PSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Bryan Haynes, KR, FHSU; 9/3 -- Jared Witter, K/P, PSU; 9/10 -- Marcelo Velazquez, K, UCM; 9/17 -- Caleb Obert, KR/WR, NWMSU; 9/24 -- Kendall Wright, KR/WR, NWMSU; 10/1 -- Sydney Brisbane, KR/WR, NWMSU & Jared Witter, K/P, PSU; 10/8 -- Cary Williams, KR/DB/WR, WU.

MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Oct. 14

Melissa Keck, RH
Truman State University

Keck, a 6-foot-0 junior from Belleville, Ill., hit .440 (42 kills, 5 errors, 84 attempts) and averaged 5.17 points per game as the No. 6 Bulldogs went 3-0 on a three-match road swing last weekend and secured a spot in the MIAA Postseason Tournament.

In a 3-0 sweep at Missouri Southern Thursday (Oct. 11), Keck hit .467 (16-2-30) with three block assists to total 17.5 points. She also dished out six assists.

The next day at Newman (Kan.), she hit .481 (14-1-27) with three block assists for 15.5 points in a three-game sweep of the Jets.

Saturday (Oct. 13) at Fort Hays State, Keck hit .370 (12-2-27) and had three block assists for 13.5 points. She logged a pair of assists as well in a 3-0 win over the Tigers.

Keck is a graduate of Belleville Township West High School.

Others Nominated: Sara Falcone, MH, NWMSU; Linda Igbinigie, MH, PSU; Monica Miesner, OH, WU; Jillian Ohrman, OH, UCM; Arica Shepard, OH, ESU; Ashley Wright, MH, MSSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Pamela Cartagena, OH, PSU & Melissa Keck, RH, TSU; 9/3 -- Jillian Ohrman, OH, UCM; 9/10 -- Leanna Roberts, MH, FHSU; 9/17 -- Tessa Jones, RH, WU; 9/24 -- Megan Koster, OH, ESU; 10/1 -- Monica Miesner, OH, WU; 10/8 -- Jillian Ohrman, MH, UCM.

Erica Cowhick, L
Washburn University

Cowhick, a 5-foot-7 senior from Topeka, Kan., averaged 8.00 digs as the No. 5 Lady Blues extended their win streaks to 22 matches and 20 games with a pair of sweeps last week.

She had 26 digs (8.67 per game) and a service ace in a 3-0 win over No. 9 Central Missouri Wednesday (Oct. 10). Cowhick was error-free on 14 reception attempts and 13 serves against the Jennies.

At Southwest Baptist Saturday (Oct. 13), Cowhick has 22 digs (7.33 per game) and a service ace in the 3-0 victory. She was errorless on all 11 reception tries and 10-of-12 on service attempts.

She passed Truman's Neely Forbes (1991-94 -- 2,121) for third on the MIAA's career digs list, finishing the week with 2,166.

Cowhick is a graduate of Tecumseh (Kan.)-Shawnee Heights High School.

Others Nominated: Amy Byfield, L, ESU; Amanda Holliday, S, TSU; Audrey Jensen, L, UCM; Whitney Miller, L, FHSU; Katie Swenson, S, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Audrey Jensen, L, UCM; 9/3 -- Ashlee Maple, L, PSU; 9/10 -- Kate Hampson, S, WU; 9/17 -- Ting Liu, S, ESU; 9/24 -- Ting Liu, S, ESU; 10/1 -- Kate Hampson, S, WU; 10/8 -- Ashley Hill, L, MSSU.

Brine®/MIAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Oct. 14

Nikki Llewellyn, M
Missouri Southern State University

Llewellyn, a 5-foot-7 junior from O'Fallon, Mo., had three goals -- two unassisted -- as the Lions closed to within one game of the lead in the conference standings with two wins last weekend.

She had her two unassisted markers in the first half of a 3-1 win at Missouri Western Friday night (Oct. 12). The first was on a direct free kick in the 33rd minute for a 2-0 lead, with the other coming in the 43rd minute on a breakaway.

Llewellyn scored an insurance goal in the 84th minute off an assist from Amy Davis in MSSU's 2-0 win at No. 5 Central Missouri Saturday (Oct. 13) -- as the Lions handed the Jennies their second loss in as many days.

Llewellyn, who moved up to seventh on the MIAA's career scoring list (34g, 9a, 77 pts.), is a graduate of Francis Howell High School.

Others Nominated: Michelle Canovi, F, MWSU; Manon Englehardt, F, WU; Isabel Gaeta, M, TSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 9/3 -- Carrie Twellman, M, UCM; 9/10 -- Jessica Mainz, F, WU; 9/17 -- Dominie Emmanuel, F, SBU; 9/24 -- Amanda Deml, F, NWMSU; 10/1 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 10/8 -- Jessica Mainz, F, WU.

Shaylynn Milbourn, GK
Missouri Western State University

Milbourn, a 5-foot-11 senior from St. Joseph, Mo., made 10 saves as the Griffons upset Southwest Baptist, 1-0, Saturday night (Oct. 13).

She faced 22 shots from the Lady Bearcats, and made six of her 10 saves in the second half to keep Western in the match until junior F Michelle Canovi could score in the 89th minute and secure the lead.

It was her third shutout of the season, and first in nearly a month as the Griffons snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Milbourne is a graduate of Lafayette High School, and transferred to Western from the University of Nebraska following her freshman season.

Others Nominated: Brittany Cash, M, NWMSU; Jenny Persons, GK, WU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU; Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM; 9/10 -- Emily Roark, GK, TSU; 9/17 -- Aline Lopes, GK, SBU; 9/24 -- Emily Newsham, B, TSU; 10/1 -- Aline Lopes, GK, SBU; 10/8 -- Lisa Senkle, GK, MSSU.

MIAA Men's Golf Athlete of the Week

For action from Sept. 24 to Oct. 14

Matt Ewald Washburn University

Ewald, a 6-foot-0, 185-pound junior from Leawood, Kan., helped the Ichabods to a pair of tournament victories, tying a course record for 18 holes in the process.

He shot a second-round eight-under par 63 to equal the course record at Smoky Hills Country Club, as he earned medalist honors at the Fort Hays State Invitational Tuesday (Oct. 8).

Ewald finished with a 134 for 36 holes -- he shot an even-par 71 on day one in Hays -- as the Ichabods carded a four-man, 36-hole score of 576. WU was two-under for the second day as a team.

He also helped the Ichabods claim the title at the Northeastern (Okla.) State Classic Sept. 23-24 for the third straight year, as he shot a three-over 145, highlighted by a two-under 69 on day two to finish in a 15th-place tie in the medalist race. WU carded a six-under 562 for the tournament.

He shot a four-over 148 at the Drury (Mo.) Invitational Oct. 2-3, again placing in a 15th-place tie as the Ichabods finished third with a nine-over 585.

Ewald, last season's MIAA Player of the Year, is a graduate of Overland Park (Kan.)-Blue Valley North High School.

Others Nominated: Aaron Lisenbee, MWSU; Justin Yoder, UCM.

Previous Winners: 9/24 -- Matt Ewald, WU.

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