MIAA Football Players of the Week


Mark Smith, QB
Pittsburg State University

Smith, a 5-foot-11, 183-pound junior from Pittsburg, Kan., had a hand in all four touchdowns scored by the No. 7 Gorillas in their 28-14 win Saturday (Aug. 25) over Texas A&M-Commerce.

He was 10-of-13 passing for 144 yards with one interception and a 34-yard touchdown to Martin Burke in the first quarter.

Smith rushed for 70 yards on 16 carries, scoring on a 3-yard run in the first quarter and from 7 and 13 yards out in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie.

Smith, who missed the second half of 2006 with a broken arm, is a graduate of St. Mary's Colgan High School.

Others Nominated: Jordan Hickel, RB, FHSU; Phil Kenney, RB, TSU.

Garret Feig, DB
Truman State University

Feig (pronounced with a long i, hard g), a 6-foot-0, 180-pound sophomore from Los Angeles, Calif., had two interceptions and seven tackles in a 38-31 win at Missouri-Rolla Saturday (Aug. 25).

Both of his interceptions came in Bulldogs territory to thwart UMR scoring drives. One came on the goal line, which Feig returned 48 yards to set up Truman's last TD of the second quarter. The second came on the Truman 18, one play after the Bulldogs had turned the ball over to the Miners.

Feig is a graduate of Birmingham High School, and transferred to Truman from Los Angeles Valley (Calif.) College after his freshman season.

Others Nominated: Kyle Flax, DB, FHSU; Jeremy Jackson, OLB, PSU; John Samia, SS, UCM

Bryan Haynes, KR
Fort Hays State University

Haynes, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior from Peoria, Ariz., averaged 52.5 yards on his two kickoff returns in the Tigers' 55-3 home win over Western (Colo.) State Saturday night (Aug. 25).

He returned the kickoff opening the third quarter 66 yards to the WSC 32, setting up FHSU's sixth TD drive of the game. A 39-yard return to the Western 46 following a Mountaineer field goal set up the Tigers' last TD.

Haynes, who also recovered the second of two blocked punts by the Tigers, is a graduate of Centennial High School, and transferred to FHSU from the University of Massachusetts following his sophomore season.

Others Nominated: Mickey Masucci, K, TSU.

MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Aug. 26

Pamela Cartagena, OH, Pittsburg State University &
Melissa Keck, RH, Truman State University

Cartagena, a 5-foot-7 sophomore from Bayamon, P.R., hit .417 (37 kills, 7 errors, 72 attempts) and averaged 4.94 points per game as the Gorillas opened a season with four sweeps at the West Texas A&M Classic last weekend.

In a sweep of the 14th-ranked host school, she hit. 433 (16-3-30) and added two block assists for a total of 17 points to go with an assist and 17 digs. It was just the Lady Buffs' 11th home loss in the past 20 seasons.

The day before against Mesa (Colo.) State, Cartagena hit .375 (14-3-29) with an ace and a block assist for 15.5 points. She added 15 digs.

In just two games of a 3-0 win over Eastern New Mexico, she hit .462 (7-1-13) with two assists and 11 digs.

Cartagena is a graduate of Thompson (Ala.) High School.


Keck, a 6-0 junior from Belleville, Ill., Averaged 4.33 points and hit .505 (49-3-91) as the No. 7 Bulldogs went 3-1 at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament last weekend, including 1-1 vs. ranked foes.

She hit .655 (20-1-29) with three block assists for 21.5 points in a 3-1 win over Northern Michigan. Keck also added a dig and two assists.

In a 3-0 loss to the 6th-ranked host team, Keck hit . 545 (13-1-22) with two digs and an assist.

The next day in a 3-2 upset of No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, Keck hit .375 (16-1-40) with 3 block assists for 17.5 points. She added five assists and four digs for the cause.

Keck is a graduate of Belleville Township West High School.

Others Nominated: Alyssa Berg, MH/RH, MWSU; Amy Bohnker, MH, NWMSU; Brianne Boner, MH, ESU; Sarah Hoffmeister, OH, MSSU; Brittni Jessen, OH, SBU; Tessa Jones, RH, WU; Leanna Roberts, MH, FHSU; Amber Yoder, OH, UCM.

Audrey Jensen, L
University of Central Missouri

Jensen, a 5-foot-9 senior from Independence, Mo., averaged 5.23 digs and 09.54 service aces as the Jennies went 4-0 at the St. Mary's (Texas) Invitational.

She had 16 digs and four service aces in a 3-0 sweep of Arkansas-Monticello Saturday (Aug. 25), and logged 18 digs, one assist and an ace in three games vs. Cameron (Okla.).

On day one Friday (Aug. 24), Jensen had 23 digs and a service ace in a 3-1 win over the host Lady Rattlers. She opened the tournament with 11 digs, three assists and an ace in a sweep of Indiana (Pa.).

Jensen, who logged a reception percentage of 93.2 (5 errors in 74 attempts) for the weekend, is a graduate of William Chrisman High School.

Others Nominated: Whitney Boehler, L, TSU; Erica Cowhick, L, WU; Whitney Hoffman, S, FHSU; Ting Liu, S, ESU; Ashley Maple, L, PSU; Paige Spangenberg, L, NWMSU; Sheri Tompkins, L, MWSU.

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

For the week of play ending Aug. 26

Nikki Llewellyn, M
Missouri Southern State University

Llewellyn, a 5-foot-7 junior from O'Fallon, Mo., had a part in four of the Lions' 10 goals scored as they started the season with a pair of home wins last weekend.

Her goal in the 38th minute gave MSSU a 2-0 lead en route to a 6-0 win over Delta (Miss.) State Saturday (Aug. 25).

The next day against Harding (Ark.), Llewellyn scored twice and assisted on a third goal in a 4-1 win. She assisted on Jentri White's goal in the 60th minute to give MSSU a 2-1 lead, then added goals in the 84th and 89th minutes to put the game away.

Lewellyn is a graduate of Francis Howell High School.

Others Nominated: Andrea Freeman, M, NWMSU; Melanie Hall, F, UCM; Meigan Soo, M, MWSU; Katelyn Talcott, M, TSU.

Kaney Tyler, GK
Missouri Southern State University

Tyler, a 5-foot-7 senior from Topeka, Kan., went 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and posted her 23rd career shutout for the Lions last weekend.

She made five saves on seven shots to blank Delta (Miss.) State, 6-0, Saturday (Aug. 25). Four of the saves came in the second half.

Tyler allowed one goal on five shots and made two saves in a 4-1 win the next day against Harding (Ark.).

She is a graduate of Seaman High School.

Others Nominated: Elizabeth Casey, GK, UCM; Emily Newsham, B, TSU; Marti Trummer, B, NWMSU.

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