MIAA Football Players of the Week

Jake Lebahn, WR
Washburn University

Lebahn, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior from Salina, Kan., caught two touchdown passes -- including what proved to be the game-winner -- as the Ichabods knocked off 18th-ranked Pittsburg State, 35-28, Saturday (Nov. 3).

He had six receptions for 153 yards and the two TDs -- each total a career-best. Three of his six catches were for first-down yardage.

Lebahn's first touchdown catch with 5:13 left in the third quarter tied the game at 21-21, while his second in the fourth quarter gave WU the seven-point lead it would not relinquish. He had a 68-yard catch-and-run on the go-ahead drive.

Lebahn is a graduate of Salina Central High School.

Others Nominated: Colin Bado, WR, MSSU; Damond Berry, WR, UCM; Xavier Omon, RB, NWMSU; La'Darrian Page, RB, MWSU; Nick Smart, WR, SBU.

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; 10/15 -- Xavier Omon, RB, NWMSU; 10/22 -- Drew Newhart, QB, MWSU; 10/29 -- Xavier Omon, RB, NWMSU.

Zach Watkins, LB
Washburn University

Watkins, a 6-foot-0, 230-pound sophomore from Independence, Mo., had 12 tackles and a key interception in the Ichabods' 35-28 win over No. 18 Pittsburg State Saturday (Nov. 3).

Four of his tackles were solo stops, and he was credited with 0.5 quarterback sacks.

After WU had gained the seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, Watkins picked off a pass to halt a PSU drive at the Gorillas' 32. It was one of six turnovers gained by Washburn.

He now has 221 career tackles, cracking the school's career top 10 in just his second season. His 122 tackles in 2007 is the seventh-best single-season total in WU history

Watkins is a graduate of Truman High School.

Others Nominated: Jared Erspamer, LB, NWMSU; J.R. Graham, FS, MWSU; Elbert Johnson, DE, MSSU; C.J. Lovett, DB, FHSU; Kendall Ricketts, FS, 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; 10/15 -- Bruce Ringwood, LB, WU; 10/22 -- John Wood, DE, UCM; 10/29 -- Jared Erspamer, LB, NWMSU.

Jacob Schoonover, LB
Missouri Western State University

Schoonover, a 6-foot-0, 215-pound senior from Mound City, Mo., blocked a punt and picked it up to score his second touchdown of the game in the Griffons' 42-28 win over Central Missouri Saturday (Nov. 3).

The blocked punt return of 14 yards with 5:42 left in the game put MWSU up by 14 points, 35-21.

He also returned an interception 31 yards for a TD late in the first half -- his second pick six of the season -- to make it 21-7 Western.

Schoonover is a graduate of Mound City High School.

Others Nominated: Bryan Haynes, KR/WR, FHSU; Brian Malette, K, MSSU; Justin Welch, DB, NWMSU.

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; 10/15 -- Matt Frankel, P/K, UCM; 10/22 -- Dustin Strickler, K, MWSU; 10/29 -- Mickey Masucci, K/P, TSU.

MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Nov. 4

Allie Cherven, MH
Truman State University

Cherven, a 6-foot-1 junior from St. Charles, Mo., hit .473 (33 kills, 7 errors, 55 attempts) and averaged 4.10 points per game as the No. 7 Bulldogs ended the regular season with three wins -- two over ranked league foes.

She hit .636 (16-2-22) and scored 21.5 points (16 kills, 3 block solos, 5 block assists) in Truman's 3-2 home win over No. 17 Emporia State Friday (Nov. 2).

In a 3-1 win over No. 6 Central Missouri Wednesday (Oct. 31), Cherven had 15.5 points (14 kills, 3 block assists) and hit .310 (14-5-29).

She played just one game of the Bulldogs' 3-0 sweep of Missouri-Rolla Saturday (Nov. 4), scoring four points on three kills (four attempts) and a block solo.

Cherven is a graduate of Francis Howell Central High School and transferred to TSU from the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) following her freshman season.

Others Nominated: Alicia Johnson, OH, NWMSU; Tessa Jones, RH, WU; Jillian Ohrman, MH, UCM; Arica Shepard, OH, ESU.

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; 10/15 -- Melissa Keck, RH, TSU; 10/22 -- Monica Miesner, OH, WU; 10/29 -- Jillian Ohrman, MH, UCM.

Katie Swenson, S
Northwest Missouri State University

Swenson, a 5-foot-9 freshman from Omaha, Neb., averaged16.33 assists per game in the Bearcats' 3-0 sweep of Missouri Western Wednesday (Oct. 31).

She added 11 digs for her 15th double-double of the season, and also had two kills and a block assist.

The Bearcats hit .271 as a team against the Griffons, and Swenson's sets were converted to kills at a 47.1 percent clip (49 assists, 104 attempts).

She is a graduate of Gross Catholic High School.

Others Nominated: Erica Cowhick, L, WU; Amanda Holliday, S, TSU; Audrey Jensen, L, UCM; Ting Liu, S, ESU.

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; 10/15 -- Erica Cowhick, L, WU; 10/22 -- Ting Liu, S, ESU; 10/29 -- Kate Hampson, S, WU.

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

For the week of play ending Nov. 4

Theresa Bauler, M
Truman State University

Bauler, a 5-foot-5 sophomore from Naperville, Ill., scored the game-winning goal in the Bulldogs' 1-0 first-round victory over Washburn at the MIAA Postseason Tournament Saturday (Nov. 3).

It was her first collegiate goal, unassisted, coming in the 17th minute of the contest.

She also had the crossing pass which led to the battle in front of the goal concluding with the Bulldogs' winning goal in the championship game against Southwest Baptist Sunday (Nov. 4).

Bauler is a graduate of Naperville Central High School.

Others Nominated: 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; 10/15 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 10/22 -- Katie Reuck, M, TSU; 10/29 -- Hazel Cox, F, UCM.

Emily Roark, GK
Truman State University

Roark, a 5-foot-7 junior from Columbia, Mo., was 2-1 in goal last week with a 0.67 goals against average as she helped the Bulldogs claim the MIAA Postseason Championship.

She bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Drury (Mo.) Tuesday (Oct. 30), during which she had two saves, to post two shutouts in the conference tournament.

Roark had to make two saves in the championship match, facing nine shots in the 1-0 win over Southwest Baptist Sunday (Nov. 3). The day before, she faced four shots, but none were on goal in the 1-0 win over Washburn in the first round.

Roark is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School.

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; 10/15 -- Shaylynn Milbourn, GK, MWSU; 10/22 -- Jenny Persons, GK, WU; 10/29 -- Elizabeth Casey, GK, UCM.

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