December 13, 2009

Athletes Of The Month Named For Fall Semester

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Northern Michigan University announces the fall semester male and female Athletes of the Month.

Dana Stephens from the soccer team and Antonio Wallace from the football team were selected for September. October’s selections were Mandie Meyer from the volleyball team and Nathan Yelk from the football squad. Mariah Dunham from the women’s basketball team and Greger Hanson from the hockey team picked up the honors for November. 
Stephens, a junior from Wyandotte, Mich., scored five goals during the month.  Three of her goals were game-winners. Stephens kicked home two goals twice in a game during the month as she had two goals at Ferris State (Sept. 20) and against Northwood (Sept. 27).
Wallace, a freshman running back from Tampa, Fla., rushed for a team-high 440 yards on 41 carries with six touchdowns for September. He also caught four passes for 33 yards. Wallace used his talents also in punt returns as he had seven for 189 yards and a score. He returned a punt for an 82-yard touchdown against Tiffin (Sept. 12).
Meyer, a senior from Crystal Lake, Ill., recorded 134 kills (3.27 k/s) for the month as she also added 12 service aces, 105 digs and seven total blocks. Meyer was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week for her performance against Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State (Oct. 23-24). Meyer led the Wildcats to five-set wins in both matches as she collected 29 kills.
Yelk, a senior from Arlington, Wis., registered 62 total tackles (29 solo and 33 assisted) over the five games in October. The linebacker also had five tackles-for-loss, a sack, one interception, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. Yelk scored the touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return against Wayne State (Oct. 10). He was also named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week during the month for his play at Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 3) as he had 14 total tackles in the 23-20 win.
Dunham, a senior from Watertown, Wis., averaged 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during the month of November. She also had six assists, five blocks and three steals. Dunham was selected the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for her play against Minnesota-Duluth and Wisconsin-Parkside (Nov. 24 and 28). Against the UW-Parkside Rangers she had a game-high 33 points to go along with her seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  
Hanson, a junior from Lidingo, Sweden, had 12 points during the month on four goals and eight assists. Over the last four games in November he had a goal and two assists in each game. Hanson was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Offensive Player of the Week for his play at Alaska (Nov. 27-28) as he had a goal and two assists each night.
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David Faiella
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