Pioneers name Athletes of the Week, Johnson earns WIAC honors

Pioneers name Athletes of the Week, Johnson earns WIAC honors


Pioneers name athletes of the week, Johnson earns WIAC honors

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Golf – Lindsay Neitzel, Senior (Galesville, Wis./Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau) – Neitzel finished 16th at the WIAC Championships and tied the 54-hole school record shooting 248 for the weekend. On Day Two of the Championships Neitzel tied her best round of the season shooting 81, and followed it with an 83 on Day Three.

Football - Offense – Mark Johnson, Junior (Johnston, Iowa), Wide Receiver – Johnson had 10 catches for 152 yards in a 24-14 win at UW-River Falls on Oct. 7. He had a key 39-yard reception in the third quarter that set up a field goal to break the tie and put the Pioneers up 17-14. Johnson had three receptions of 29 yards or more leading to his second 150 yard game this season.

Johnson was also named the WIAC Offensive Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and has been recognized as a WIAC Athlete of the Week for three consecutive weeks. He was named Offensive Athlete of the Week two weeks ago for his performance against Lakeland College, and Special Teams Athlete of the Week last week for his performance against UW-Stout.

Football - Defense – Chandler Crary, Senior (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central), Linebacker – Crary accounted for nine total tackles, with eight solo, one TFL, and one AST in a 24-14 win at UW-River Falls on Oct. 7. Crary was the main force in limiting the WIAC's leading rusher to just 96 yards 3.8 yards per carry. Late in the fourth quarter Crary had a TFL forcing the driving Falcons into a punt situation and preserving the Pioneers 10 point lead.

Football - Special Teams – Connor Foley, Junior (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier), Punter – Foley accounted for 252 yards in net punting on seven attempts in a 24-14 win at UW-River Falls on Oct. 7. Foley had five kicks inside the 20, with four of them inside the 5 and two of those inside the 1. Foley controlled UW-River Falls field position for most of the game and gave the Pioneer defense the upper hand throughout.

Volleyball - Offense – Merritt Johnson, Senior, (Moline, Ill.), Opposite Hitter – Johnson hit .344 (31-10-61) this week in four matches including three matches hitting above .400 at the UW-Oshkosh Classic. In a 3-0 sweep of Simpson College she hit .462 (8-2-13) and added two blocks. Johnson lead the Pioneers against Finlandia with 11 kills hitting .526 (11-1-19) and collecting two blocks and an ace. She finished off the tournament hitting .412 (9-2-17) against #17 St. Thomas leading the Pioneers in kills and adding two digs.

Men's Soccer – Tommy Bitter, Junior, (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) Defender – Bitter anchored a very stingy defense this week shutting down the opponents most dangerous players. He lead a defense that shutout a regionally ranked Luther team for 84 minutes on Oct. 3 before settling for a 1-1 tie. The defense allowed only three shots on goal in a 2-1 win against Central (Oct. 7) who was average 3.0 goals per game coming into the contest.