MIAA Football Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Sept. 9

Matt Ticich, QB
Truman State University

Ticich (pronounced TEE-sich), a 6-foot-0, 199-pound junior from Temecula, Calif., set the MIAA's single-game passing yardage mark in the Bulldogs' 55-31 win over Upper Iowa Saturday night (Sept. 8).

He was 29-of-43 for 493 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions through the air. That was better than former Bulldog Jake Czeschin's 479 yards against Northwest Missouri State in 2004.

Ticich also added 23 rushing yards to become the second player in MIAA history with 500 yards of offense in a game (516). He connected with 11 different receivers.

Ticich is a graduate of Chaparral High School, and transferred to Truman from Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) College after his freshman season.

Others Nominated: Adam Hinspeter, QB, MSSU; Cedric Houston, WR, MWSU; Josh Mathews, QB, NWMSU; Ryne Salyer, QB, FHSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Mark Smith, QB, PSU; 9/3 -- Caleb Farabi, TB, PSU.

Emmanuel Howard, CB
Emporia State University

Howard, a 6-foot-1, 203-pound senior from Indianapolis, Ind., had two interceptions, one returned for a score, in the Hornets' 17-7 win at Central Oklahoma Saturday night (Sept. 8).

He made a leaping grab in the end zone for his first pick on the Bronchos' opening drive of the game. Later in the first quarter, Howard teamed with Daniel Webb on a tackle for loss which forced a punt with UCO in ESU territory.

His second interception came on the third play after Hornets QB Ben Purkeypile had lost the ball on a fumble, and he took it 40 yards for the game's first TD.
He made a touchdown-saving stop just before Travis Lee's 100-yard interception return later in the second stanza.

Howard, who had four tackles for the game, is a graduate of Den Davis High School and transferred to ESU from William Penn (Iowa) College after his freshman season.

Others Nominated: Chris LeFlore, CB, NWMSU; Rudy Mascaro, LB, MSSU; Jacob Schoonover, LB, MWSU; Zach Scruggs, LB, FHSU; Kyle Supianoski, LB, TSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Garret Feig, DB, TSU; 9/3 -- Zach Watkins, ILB, WU.

Marcelo Velazquez, K
University of Central Missouri

Velazquez, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., was one point from equalling the MIAA single-game kick scoring record in the Mules' 56-21 win over Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) Saturday (Sept. 8).

He was 4-of-4 on field goals, including two from 33 yards, and was 6-of-6 on point-after kicks. Velazquez scored 11 of UCM's 23 first-half points on three field goals and two PATs.

He is a graduate of Blue Springs High School, and transferred to UCM from Truman State University following his freshman season.

Others Nominated: Justin Barr, K, FHSU; Dallas Flynn, DE, NWMSU; Brian Malette, K, MSSU; Mickey Masucci, K/P, TSU; Dustin Strickler, K, MWSU; Johnny Torres, K/P, ESU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Bryan Haynes, KR, FHSU; 9/3 -- Jared Witter, K/P, PSU.

MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Sept. 9

Leanna Roberts, MH
Fort Hays State University

Roberts, a 6-0 junior from Ogallala, Neb., averaged 4.53 points and hit .449 (68 kills, 15 errors, 118 attempts) as the Tigers posted four wins in five matches.

She hit .765 (14-1-17) and had two block assists to score 15 points in FHSU's home sweep of Newman (Kan.) last Tuesday (Sept. 4).

At the Abilene Christian (Texas) Tournament, Roberts scored 17.5 points (15 kills, 1 ace, 3 block assists) and hit .684 in a sweep of Angelo (Texas) State Friday (Sept. 7).

In a 3-1 win over Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday (Sept. 8), she hit .469 (18-3-32) and added an ace, two block solos and two block assists for 22 points.

For the week, Roberts averaged 4.0 kills, 0.71 blocks and 0.65 digs over 17 games. The four wins this week by FHSU is one more than the team scored all of last season.

She is a graduate of Ogallala High School.

Others Nominated: Alyssa Berg, MH/RH, MWSU; Allie Cherven, MH, TSU; Tessa Jones, RH, WU; Arica Shepard, OH, ESU; Sammie Williams, RH, PSU; Ashley Wright, MH, MSSU; Amber Yoder, OH, UCM.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Pamela Cartagena, OH, PSU & Melissa Keck, RH, TSU; 9/3 -- Jillian Ohrman, OH UCM.

Kate Hampson, S
Washburn University

Hampson, a 5-foot-7 sophomore from Fort Collins, Colo., averaged 13.27 assists and 2.00 points per game for the 12th-ranked Lady Blues in a perfect 5-0 week.

She hit .529 (21 kills, 3 errors, 34 attempts) and helped her teammates to a team attack percentage of .324.

Hampson had 47 assists (15.67 per game), with five kills, six digs and three block assists in a home sweep of Missouri-Rolla Tuesday night (Sept. 4).

In the first game of the Harding (Ark.) Tournament Friday (Sept. 7) vs. Henderson (Ark.) State, she had 42 assists (14.0 per game) to go with five kills on six swings (no errors), four service aces and a block assist in the 3-0 win.

Hampson was 6-of-6 on attacks with 27 assists (9.0 per game) and seven digs and a block assist in a sweep of Montevallo (Ala.) Saturday (Sept. 8).

She is a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School.

Others Nominated: Whitney Hoffman, S, FHSU; Ting Liu, S, ESU; Ashlee Maple, L, PSU; Shyrah Perry, L, SBU; Shari Tompkins, L, MWSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Audrey Jensen, L, UCM; 9/3 -- Ashlee Maple, L, PSU.

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

For the week of play ending Sept. 9

Jessica Mainz, F
Washburn University

Mainz, a 5-foot-9 junior from Topeka, Kan., became the first player in more than two years to record a seven-point game as the No. 21 Lady Blues blanked Emporia State, 6-0, Saturday (Sept. 8).

She had three goals -- the first hat trick in WU history -- and added an assist against the Lady Hornets. UCM's Carrie Twellman had the last seven-point game on Sept. 4, 2005 against Southwest Minnesota State.

All seven of her goals in 2007 have come in the last four games.

Mainz, now seventh on the MIAA's career scoring list (33g, 11a, 77 pts.) is a graduate of Tecumseh (Kan.)-Shawnee Heights High School.

Others Nominated: Melanie Hall, F, UCM; Katie Rueck, M, TSU; Meigan Soo, M, MWSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 9/3 -- Carrie Twellman, M, UCM.

Emily Roark, GK
Truman State University

Roark, a 5-foot-7 junior from Columbia, Mo., Allowed only one goal while facing 14 shots (five on goal) as Truman defeated defending Central Region champion Nebraska-Omaha, 2-1, Saturday (Sept. 8).

All four saves came in the second half after she allowed a penalty kick tally in the first half. Two saves came in the final six minutes with Truman ahead, the last as time expired.

Roark is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School,

Others Nominated: Lisa Fahey, B, WU; Shaylynn Milbourne, GK, MWSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU; Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM.

MIAA Cross Country Runners of the Week

For action from the start of the season through Sept. 9

Skyler Delmott
Emporia State University

Delmott, a 5-foot-10 sophomore from Emporia, Kan., placed sixth at the University of Kansas Bob Timmons Invitational Sept. 1.

He completed the 8-kilometer course in a time of 26 minutes, 56.61 seconds, third among the Division II competitors in the field.

Delmott is a graduate of Emporia High School.

Others Nominated: Brennon Benkert, MSSU; Ben Chappell, NWMSU; Michael Pierce, SBU.

Jonel Rossbach
Emporia State University

Rossbach, a 5-foot-8 senior from Omaha, Neb.,placed second at the University of Kansas Bob Timmons Invitational Sept. 1.

In a field that included KU, fellow MIAA school Pittsburg State along with UMKC and Oral Roberts (Okla.) of the Division I Summit League (formerly Mid-Continent Conference), Rossbach finished with a time of 22 minutes, 22.16 seconds.

She trailed the two-time defending Summit League champ, Faithy Kamganglia of ORU by less than six seconds.

Rossbach, the defending MIAA champion, is a graduate of Burke High School.

Others Nominated: Courtney Ayers, SBU; Danna Kelly, TSU; Anna O'Brien, NWMSU; Kimi Shank, MSSU.

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