Sports Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Jones again takes First Team All-MCC honors; Kruse, Des Jardins named H.M.
MOUNT PLEASANT – Iowa Wesleyan College senior Anna Jones (Cornell, Ill.) and juniors Ashley Kruse (Lakefield, Minn.) and Danielle Des Jardins (Peoria, Ill.) all received Midwest Collegiate Conference honors as the conference released its all-conference awards for women’s basketball today.
Jones was named First Team All-MCC for the third year in a row, while Kruse and Des Jardins were both honorable mention selections for the first time. The three were part of an IWC team that finished 17-11 this year and third in the MCC in the regular season.
Jones ranked among the MCC leaders in almost every single category and proved to be one of the top players not only in the conference but in the nation. She averaged 19.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game, shooting 47.6% from the field, 81.4% from the foul line and 38.0% from three-point range.
A year after ranking second nationally in assists, Jones stepped up her scoring and finished second in the MCC and eighth nationally in NAIA Division II in points per game. She also led the league in steals, ranked fourth in rebounding, fifth in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and three-point percentage, and seventh in assists. She ranked second nationally in steals per game and also led the MCC in minutes played per game (36.6).
Jones concluded one of the most decorated careers in IWC women’s basketball history as the school’s all-time leader in assists (529) and steals (351). She also ranks fourth all-time in scoring (1,518 points) and fifth in school history in rebounds (804).
Kruse received honorable mention honors in her first season after transferring from Iowa Central Community College. She was one of the top newcomers in the league, averaging 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and shooting 45.3% from the field and 78.6% on free throws. Kruse also ranked among the MCC leaders in a number of categories, finishing sixth in field goal percentage, eighth in scoring and steals, ninth in free throw percentage and tenth in rebounding.
Des Jardins stepped into a starting role for the first time as a junior and averaged 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She also made 40 three-pointers, shooting 29.6% from behind the arc. Des Jardins ranked among the MCC leaders in steals (sixth), three-pointers made per game (1.43, seventh) and also ranked second in the MCC in minutes played per game (35.8).
Grand View University’s Jennifer Jorgensen was again named MCC Player of the Year, while Katie Golomski of William Penn University was Newcomer of the Year. Garey Smith of Grand View was the MCC Coach of the Year.
Simmons, Warner both receive MCC honorable mention awards
MOUNT PLEASANT – Iowa Wesleyan College men’s basketball players Jeremy Simmons (Sr.-Jackson, Tenn.) and Kyle Warner (Jr.-Gresham, Ore.) both were named Honorable Mention All-Midwest Collegiate Conference selections, as the MCC released its postseason awards Tuesday afternoon.
Simmons was honored by the conference for the first time as a senior after being among the MCC’s leading scorers much of the season. The 6-1 shooting guard carried the team offensively until an ankle injury slowed him the second half of the season. Simmons still finished the year averaging 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, making 61 three-pointers and also shooting 78.3% from the free throw line.
Simmons finished among the MCC leaders in a number of categories, including tying for eighth in the conference in scoring. His 2.44 three-point field goals per game made ranked third in the conference, and he also ranked third in the MCC in free throw percentage.
Warner also received MCC postseason honors for the first time in his first year as a transfer from Lane (Ore.) Community College. The 6-5 forward averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and shot 58.1% from the field and 42.5% from three-point range.
A threat from the inside and outside, Warner ranked second in the MCC in three-point field goal percentage and fourth in overall field goal percentage. He also ranked 15th in the conference in scoring, rebounding and steals (1.2 per game).
St. Ambrose University swept the conference’s individual awards, as Mike Kennedy was named Player of the Year and Nicholas Frazier was named Newcomer of the Year. SAU Head Coach Ray Shovlain also was named Coach of the Year.
The Tigers finished the 2011-12 season with a 12-14 overall record and tied for eighth in the MCC standings.
Southeast Conference Boys Basketball
Dimitre Galbreath * Keokuk 6’2” Senior
Brock Kimball Washington 6’3” Senior
Colin Steele Washington 6’0” Senior
Jordan Ashton * Mt. Pleasant 6’3” Senior
Nick Lyon * Mt. Pleasant 6’7” Senior
Blake Vandenberg * Mt. Pleasant 6’7” Senior
* – Unanimous Selection
Miles Wentzien Ft Madison 5’11” Freshman
Kevin Jennings Keokuk 6’3” Senior
Davis Lowenberg Fairfield 6’0” Senior
Jake Redlinger Washington 5’10” Senior
Dan Williams Keokuk 6’2” Junior
Cameron Frank Mt Pleasant 6’2” Junior
Conference Players of the Year
Jordan Ashton Mt. Pleasant 6’3” Senior
Dalton Conrad Mt. Pleasant 5’8” Junior
Gabe Vandenberg Keokuk 6’0” Junior
Kendall Clark Keokuk 6’7” Junior
Jonny Dahl Keokuk 6’2’ Freshman
Cody Kool Fairfield 6”0’ Senior
Brent Buch Fairfield 5’11” Senior
John Nagel Fort Madison 6’4” Junior
Dillon Redlinger Washington 6’2” Senior
Nathan Barker Junior
Darrin Dimmitt Junior
Davis Lowenberg Senior
Kyle Weirup Junior
Jennifer Clements, Mgr. Junior
Ashley Shields, Mgr. Junior
Isaac Steffensmeier Junior
Ryan Snaadt Junior
Ryne Eid Senior
Sam Rieck Senior
Nick Nolte Senior
Cazi Chapman,Mgr. Senior
Elyssa Rung, Mgr. Senior
Kevin Jennings Senior
Gabe Vandenberg Junior
Dan Williams Junior
Brianna Jobe, cheer Junior
Ryan Hanna Junior
Aaron Kelly Junior
Jordan Ashton Senior
Nick Lyon Senior
Allie Liechty Junior
Brock Kimball Senior
Jake Redlinger Senior
Colin Steele Senior
Jake Dickinson Junior
Justin Hoffman Junior
Kyle Roder Junior
Linsey Turner, Mgr. Senior
Lauren Carter, Cheer Junior
Advance ticket sales open Thursday for the Mt Pleasant/ADM first round boys’ state basketball tournament game next Wednesday, March 7th. Tickets will be available in the MPHS Athletic office Thursday from 7:30am – 8:30pm… Friday from 7:30am – noon… Monday, March 5th, 7:30am – 4pm, and on Tuesday, March 6th, from 7:30 – 2.
DON’T FORGET- MPCHS receives 25-cents for every advance ticket sold at the high school to help defray costs.
MPHS is 23-1 and will be the #3 seed in the tournament field, they play the #6 seed, ADM Adel Wednesday at noon to open their tournament action. KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will carry the game live.
Tickets for the Danville Boys State Tournament first round game are on sale today in the High School office until noon, and tomorrow from 1-8pm. Ticket cost is $8.
Danville is also offering a Trailways Bus trip, and a student Pep bus. Sign up continues for both, through Thursday.
The Official Sendoff for the Danville Boys will be held at 1pm on Sunday in the Danville High School Parking Lot. Everyone is encouraged to come help wish the Bears good luck, and see them off to the State Tournament. The Bears go into the State Tournament ranked #1, and take on Council Bluffs St. Albert, Monday, at 12:15pm at Wells Fargo Arena.
This Saturday morning KILJ-FM will broadcast a meet the players program with the MP players and coaches at Shottenkirk in Mt Pleasant from 10-11am. Fans are invited to stop out to meet the Panther players and coaches, and wish the boys good luck. Thanks to Shottenkirk, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, and Broeker Photography for helping to make our Meet The Players Program possible. And KILJ’s Paul Dennison will also be there GIVING AWAY 50 free charter bus tickets to go see the Panthers in action at Wells Fargo. Tickets courtesy of Shottenkirk, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, and KILJ. Stop in and ask Paul for a free ride to State! You will still need to purchase your game ticket, but the ride is on us.
Follow the Mt. Pleasant Panthers and Danville Bears at the boys State Tournament, next week on KILJ and kilj.com.
Now some Girls State Tournament notes with S. E. Iowa ties:
The Holy Trinity Catholic Boys Doo-wop group sang the National Anthem before last night’s evening session. The Crusaders will soon be traveling to Rome for a late March appearance in Italy.
The Holy Trinity Dance team will also be entertaining during halftime of the second game Thursday afternoon.
Area men in striped shirts officiating at State Tournament include: Pat Ensminger, Mike Hampton, Roger Menke and Micah Shull.
Join us as we continue our Girls State Tournament Basketball coverage today on KILJ, with Class 4A quarterfinal play in the day session, broadcast on KILJ AM 1130. Tonight, The Class 1A Semifinals get underway at 6:35, on 105.5FM.