Washburn Linebacker Earns Player of the Week Honor

OFFENSE:
Caleb Farabi, TB
Pittsburg State University

Farabi, a 5-foot-7, 178-pound junior from Pittsburg, Kan., scored a career-high four touchdowns and logged his second 100-yard rushing game in as many tries during the No. 7 Gorillas' 41-15 win over East Central (Okla.) Saturday night (Sept. 1).

He had 26 carries for 130 yards -- with no run longer than 18 yards on the evening. He scored the go-ahead TD from 9 yards away in the second quarter, and added end zone runs of 7 and 3 yards in the period to help PSU take a 24-3 halftime lead.

His fourth TD -- a 3-yard run in the third quarter -- was the only scoring in the fram for either team. He added three receptions for 20 yards as well.

Farabi is a graduate of St. Mary's Colgan High School.

Others Nominated: Steven Gachette, QB, SBU; Renard Johnson, RB, MSSU; La'Darrian Page, RB, MWSU; Justin Wieser, RB, ESU

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Mark Smith, QB, PSU.

DEFENSE:
Zach Watkins, ILB
Washburn University

Watkins, a 6-foot-0, 230-pound sophomore from Independence, Mo., logged a career-high 19 tackles and had a hand in two of the five turnovers forced by the Ichabods in their 27-7 road win at Colorado Mines Saturday (Sept. 1).

He had eight solo stops, and logged a tackle for loss as well. Watkins is the first WU player to get 19 tackles since Joe Corcoran did it in 2002.

He picked off an Orediggers pass to halt a drive at the WU 17 and kept the game scoreless late in the first quarter. Watkins recovered a fumble by teammate Cary Williams' during an interception return which led to the Ichabods' first touchdown.

Watkins, who shared the 2006 MIAA Freshman of the Year award, is a graduate of Truman High School.

Others Nominated: J.R. Graham, FS, MWSU; Jason Northern, LB, PSU; Jake Richter, S, ESU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Garret Feig, DB, TSU.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Jared Witter, K/P
Pittsburg State University

Witter, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman from Lenexa, Kan., made all six of his placement kicks and averaged 43.3 yards on three punts in No. 7 PSU's 41-15 win over East Central (Okla.) Saturday (Sept. 1).

He made field goals of 25 and 22 yards and drilled all four of his extra-point tries. Witter inherited the punting duties early in the game and responded by placing two inside the 20 and hitting a 49-yard kick.

Witter, who averaged 62.5 yards on eight kickoffs as well, is a graduate of Overland Park (Kan.)-Shawnee Mission West High School.

Others Nominated: Ben Boswell, P, WU; Jamie Hanson, P, MWSU; Johnny Torres, K/P, ESU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Bryan Haynes, KR, FHSU.

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MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Aug. 26

HITTER:
Jillian Ohrman, OH
University of Central Missouri

Ohrman, a 6-0 senior from Independence, Mo., averaged 4.70 points and hit .358 (60 kills, 17 errors, 120 attempts) as the No. 12 Jennies went 3-1 at the Colorado Premier Challenge last weekend, with all wins coming against ranked oppoenents.

She hit .505 (14-2-24) and scored 17 points in a 3-0 sweep of No. 17 California State-Los Angeles Saturday (Sept. 1). Ohrman had an assist, a dig, two solo blocks and two block assists agains the Golden Eagles.

She scored 19.5 points (17 kills, 1 service ace, 3 block assists) in the 3-2, fifth-place match win over No. 15 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and had just one error on 14 service tries.

Ohrman hit .469 (19-4-32) and scored 22.5 points in a 3-1 win Friday (Aug. 31) against No. 13 Chico (Calif.) State -- with an ace on 12 errorless service tries. She hit .412 (10-3-17) and had 11.5 points in a 3-0 setback against Augustana (S.D.).

Ohrman is a graduate of William Chrisman High School, and transferred to UCM from the University of Mississippi after her sophomore season.

Others Nominated: Alyssa Berg, MH/RH, MWSU; Allie Cherven, MH, TSU; Alicia Johnson, OH, NWMSU; Tessa Jones, RH, WU; Arica Shepard, OH, ESU; Kellyn Thaut, OH, FHSU; Sammie Williams, RH, PSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Pamela Cartagena, OH, PSU & Melissa Keck, RH, TSU.

SPECIALIST:
Ashlee Maple, L
Pittsburg State University

Maple, a 5-foot-6 junior from Topeka, Kan., averaged 6.53 digs and 0.35 service aces for the Gorillas as they posted a 4-1 record last week.

She started the week with 18 digs and two aces in a 3-0 home sweep of Newman (Kan.) Wednesday night (Aug. 29).

In day one of the Florida Southern Tournament, Maple had 19 digs, 1 ace and 1 assist in a 3-0 win over No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha. She added 26 digs, an ace and an assist in PSU's seventh straight sweep of the season -- beating Lees-McRae (N.C.).

She had 17 digs, two assist and an ace in PSU's 3-1 win Saturday over Saint Leo (Fla.), and 31 digs with a service ace in the Gorillas' first loss of the year -- 3-1 to the host and fifth-ranked FSC Lady Mocs. Maple was perfect on 47 reception tries in the setback.

She is a graduate of Tecumseh (Kan.)-Shawnee Heights High School, and transferred to PSU from Barton County (Kan.) Community College

Others Nominated: Madison Benton, S, MWSU; Whitney Boehler, L, TSU; Erica Cowhick, L, WU; Whitney Hoffman, S, FHSU; Chelsea Kenney, S, SBU; Ting Liu, S, ESU; Caitlin Pankratz, S, UCM; Katie Swenson, S, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Audrey Jensen, L, UCM.

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

For the week of play ending Sept. 2

OFFENSIVE:
Carrie Twellman, M
University of Central Missouri

Twellman, a 5-foot-4 junior from Chesterfield, Mo., helped the Jennies finish 1-0-1 at the UCM Comfort Inn Jennies Classic last weekend.

She had both goals, including the equalizer on a penalty kick in the 50th minute, of the Jennies' 2-2 draw with Northeastern State Friday (Aug. 31). Her goal off a Hazel Cox feed just before halftime knotted the match at 1-1.

In a 1-0 upset of No. 17 Central Oklahoma Sunday (Sept. 2), she assisted on Landri Schmitt's go-ahead goal in thr 57th minute.

Twellman is a graduate of Incarnate Word Academy.

Others Nominated: Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; Jessica Mainz, F, WU; Kelsey Sanders, F, NWMSU; Meigan Soo, M, MWSU; Sarah Tetuan, F, ESU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU.

DEFENSIVE:
Kelsi Ginavan, B
University of Central Missouri

Ginavan, a 5-foot-5 senior from Olathe, Kan., led the UCM defense which allowed just six shots on goal as the Jennies went 1-0-1 last weekend.

Opposing forwards were allowed only to get two shots away, and both goals allowed were from 25 yards out or more (one being a penalty kick) and courtesy of the midfielders.

Ginavan is a graduate of Olathe East High School,

Others Nominated: Shaylynn Milbourne, GK, MWSU; Jenny Persons, GK, WU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU.

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