Pioneers name athletes of the week, Buschbacher earns WIAC honors

Pioneers name athletes of the week, Buschbacher earns WIAC honors
 

 

Football Defensive Athlete of the Week – Patrick Swanson, Sr. (Mokena, IL/Marian Catholic) Defensive Back – Swanson had a solid day grounding the Stevens Point passing game in the Pioneers 47-31 win over the Pointers on Oct. 8.  The senior recorded four tackles, and had a huge 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.  

Football Offensive Athlete of the Week – Quinn Buschbacher, Sr. (Sugar Grove, IL/Kaneland) Wide Receiver – Buschbacher scored three touchdowns in the Pioneers 47-31 win over the Pointers on Oct. 8.  The senior caught eight balls for 123 yards and two touchdowns.  Quinn also ran for 50 yards on six carries and one touchdown.

Football Special Team Athlete of the Week – Quinn Buschbacher, Sr. (Sugar Grove, IL/Kaneland) Wide Receiver – Buschbacher was instrumental in gaining great field position for the Pioneers in their victory over UW-Stevens Point on Oct. 8th.  Buschbacher averaged 30 yards per kick return, and had a long return of 46 yard.  The senior’s efforts helped the Pioneers improve to 4-1 on the year.

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Team – The 2016-17 Pioneer golf team set a record for the lowest team scoring average ever through the fall season.  The team recorded an 18-hole average of 349.8, which included two rounds in the 320s.  Congratulations to all of the student-athletes: Stephanie Baribeau,, Lindsay Neitzel, Lexi Graf, Larissa Schmock, and Alysse Elko.

Men’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week – Braxton Rottinghaus, Fr. (La Porte City, IA/Iowa Union) Midfielder – Rottinghaus was relentless on both side of the ball as the Pioneers went 2-1 last week, improving to 10-5 on the season.  The freshman was threatening offensively, scoring a goal in the 3-0 win over Wartburg on Oct. 7.  His defensive tenacity was always helping the Pioneers back line, providing support, double teaming, and shutting down anything threats coming from the midfield. 

Men’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week – Logan Rinderknecht, So. (Cedar Rapids, IA/Prairie) Forward – Rinderknecht scored four goals this week in three games leading the Pioneers to a 2-1 record on the week.  The sophomore opened the score sheet against Wartburg on Oct. 7 and added two more goals in Sunday’s 3-1 win over 13th-ranked Aurora.  Logan has scored 14 goals in the Pioneers’ 15 games as they improve to 10-5 on the year. 

Women’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week – Emily Phillips, Sr. (La Porte Cit, IA/Iiowa Union) Defender – Phillips anchored the Pioneers' back line, which kept the UW-La Crosse and UW-Oshkosh offenses at bay all last week.  With 1-0 losses to both WIAC teams, the senior’s speed and timely tackles were critical in keeping shots on goal limited in the games against both offensive powerhouses.

Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week – Lindsey Decker, Sr. (Galena, IL) Defensive Specialist – Decker registered 39 digs as a defensive specialist in twelve sets played against Edgewood College on Oct. 5, UW-River Falls on Oct. 7 and UW-Stout on Oct. 8.  The senior averaged 3.25 digs per set while only playing three rotations as a defensive specialist.  This included a 19 dig performance in a five set loss to UW-Stout.

Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week – Amber Williams, Sr. (Milwaukee, WI/Hamilton) Outside Hitter – Williams registered 26 kills to go along with six block assists and a solo block in twelve sets against Edgewood College on Oct. 5, UW-River Falls on Oct. 7 and UW-Stout on Oct. 8.  The senior recorded a season best .368 hitting percentage against Edgewood notching seven kills with zero errors in her 19 attempts.  Williams averaged 2.2 kills per set over the three matches.