Awards, Records Set During Fall Sport Seasons
The 2013 fall sport's season was one of the more exciting seasons in recent memory for the Eagle faithful. Each team saw several season and career records fall and several members receive post season awards.
The men's soccer team placed four men on the Midwest Christian College All Conference team. Newcomer Ryan Koch received Honorable Mention honors. Keeper Jason Scheps and defender Zach Peterson were Second Team selections. Forward JJ Parkhurst was a first team selection. All four men were also selected to the NCCAA II North Central All Region team. Joshua Huang and Caleb Lobb received recognition from the NCCAA as Scholar Athletes. NCCAA All American recognitions will be released at a later time. Koch was also recognized by the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) as an Honorable Mention All American. The Eagles set new team records for most shut outs, with 10, most consecutive shut outs, with five, and most consecutive minutes without giving up a goal, at 594. Head Coach Gary Backous received his second NCCAA II North Central Coach of the Year recognition.
The Lady Eagle's soccer team set some records of their own this year. As a team, the Lady Eagles set or tied records for most wins (5), longest winning streak (3), most goals scored (30), highest goals per game average (2.14), most assists (13), most points (78), most shut outs (3), most consecutive shut outs (2), most goals in one game (8), most assists by a team in one game (8), most points by a team in one game (22), and widest margin of victory (8). Individually, Krista Peters set or tied several season records. Peters set new records for goals and points in a season (13, 30). Peters and teammate Emily Wiedemeier tied for a new record for assists in a season with four. Four Lady Eagles were selected the the NCCAA II North Central All Region Team. Peters, along with Kirsten Passwaters, Hannah Nichols, and Tayler Marinez were all recipients. Elizabeth Hemsworth was recognized by the NCCAA as a Scholar Athlete.
The Lady Eagle's volleyball team secured the #1 seed at this year's regional tournament. For their efforts during the season, several Lady Eagles and head coach Lanny Nihart were recognized with post season awards. Nihart received the NCCAA II North Central Coach of the Year award. Julia Rocha was selected to the NCCAA II North Central All Region Team. Rocha was also a First Team ACCA All American selection and an MCCC First Team selection. Stephanie Knupp was also selected to the NCCAA II North Central All Region Team. Knupp received 2nd Team ACCA All American recognition and 2nd Team MCCC recognitions as well. Rocha and Natalie Bunjer were recognized as ACCA and NCCAA Scholar Athletes. JoJo Hodak was an NCCAA II North Central All Region selection as well as a MCCC Honorable Mention selection. Rocha became the school's all time kills leader, while Knupp set a new season record for assists.
In their inaugural year, the Eagle's Cross Country Team had a great season. The men's team qualified for the NCCAA II National Tournament and ended up finishing 5th overall. Sophomore Kevin England finished third individually, garnering All American recognition. Amanda Enman, running in her first year on the women's side, also qualified for the national tournament. All six of the Eagles who participated at the national tournament set personal bests at the meet.
Congratulations to the fall sport's teams and their accomplishments during their 2013 seasons. Everyone is invited to attend the annual Falls Sport's Awards Fellowship, scheduled for Thursday, November 21, at 6:00 PM in the Nettleton Center classrooms to help the Athletic Department formally recognize this year's teams and award winners.