Chadron State kicker Randy Wentz was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Wentz, a sophomore from Scottsbluff went 2-for-2 in Chadron State’s 40-7 victory over Western State Colorado University Saturday, including a career-best 47 yarder. Wentz is 4-for-4 on the season, with two longer than 40 yards. Wentz is the only kicker in the conference to remain perfect through five weeks.
Chadron State scored four of the final five touchdowns to give Idaho State a scare, but came up short as the Bengals escaped with a 39-34 win.
Idaho State had a 33-6 lead, when the Chadron State surge after a Bengals’ field goal attempt was blocked by Ethan Bauer and Jordan Jones returned it 80 yards for a score.
The Eagles also scored on a 39-yard sprint by tailback Michael Madkins with 7:44 to play and added another touchdown on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Jonn McLain to Danny O’Boyle, who made a diving catch in the end zone with 1:22 remaining.
Chadron State attempted an onside kick, but the Bengals claimed it and converted on a fourth and one situation to keep the ball and running out the clock.
The Chadron State College football team is picked to finish second in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Eagles, who finished the 2013 season with an 8-3 record and a 7-2 mark in the league, received 69 votes to edge third-ranked Colorado School of Mines’ 67 votes. Colorado State University-Pueblo is picked to finish first in the 10-team conference with 81 votes.
“Being ranked second is an attribute to what our team accomplished last season,” third-year head coach Jay Long said. We’re excited to get into camp and contend for another RMAC championship.”
Three Chadron State College football players were placed on the Preseason All-RMAC Team. They are offensive lineman Mike Lorenzo, linebacker Dylan Furrier and safety Lane Haller.
Lorenzo, a senior from Oak Park, California, has started 23 consecutive games at left guard for the Eagles. A season ago, he helped pave the way for Harlon Hill finalist Glen Clinton and was a reason why the Eagles led NCAA Division II in third down conversion. Following the season, he was selected to the All-RMAC Third Team.
Furrier, a junior from Tucson, Arizona, was also an All-RMAC Third Team selection in 2013. An outside linebacker, he was second on the team with 75 tackles and added 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Haller, a senior from Gordon, Nebraska, is a two-time All-RMAC performer and has started three seasons. He had 74 tackles and added two interceptions, including one he returned for a game-winning 79-yard TD against Missouri S&T.
The season opening game is Saturday, Sept. 6 against Missouri S&T in Chadron. Kickoff is set for noon.
Wayne State College junior thrower Sara Wells earned All-American honors Saturday night with a second place finish in the shot put on the final day. It’s the second outdoor All-American honor for Wells, who was fifth in the discus last season, and it marks her third All-American shot put honor after placing sixth in the event the last two indoor seasons. Wells, from Albion, recorded her top throw of 49′ 9 3/4″ during the finals on her second throw.
Wayne senior Carly Fehringer was third in the hammer throw Thursday. Fehringer, a senior from Wayne, held the lead entering finals with a top mark of 198′ 11″ in prelims, but champion Heavin Warner of Central Missouri and runner up Cynthia Witt of Ashland each recorded better marks in the finals to slide Fehringer into the third spot.
Chadron State College senior Alyssa Norton finished seventh in the discus throw to earn her first All-American honors. Her best throw measured 153 feet, 5 inches at the NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships this past weekend. This was the fourth year in a row that Norton has qualified for nationals in the discus, but the first time she’s reached the finals. She’s owns the school record of 158-9 and won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 2011, 2013 and this year. Norton also was the Class C state champion in the discus as a senior at Gordon-Rushville in 2009.
Nebraska-Kearney senior Michael Thalken had a career-best toss in the shot put to earn All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA Division II Championships in Allendale, MI. Thalken, from Ogallala, had efforts of 54-5.50 and 54-4.50 in his first two attempts. His third heave was his best, going 59-0. Thalken finished fifth in a field of 19.
Chadron State gave up six runs in the bottom of the sixth and lost 9-1 to Mesa State during the second day of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Softball Championship. The loss eliminated Chadron State from the conference tournament. The Eagles end their season with a record of 28-23, a school record for victories in a season.
Chadron State’s Shea Graham managed to put the Eagles up 1-0 in the top of the third when Rebecca Wetsch roped a single down the left field line. After that, Chadron State’s offense struggled. The Eagles’ only hit was Wetsch’s RBI single and Metro State’s Cassidy Smith had to throw just 70 pitches in her complete game victory.
Spring football practice at Chadron State College ended Saturday morning with the defense squeezing out a 23-16 victory over the offense in what head coach Jay Long described as a “fun-filled game.”
Actually, only one touchdown and one field goal were scored, but points were also awarded in various other ways—such as for coming up with turnover, a punt, pass and kick series and when linemen caught punts in between the seven series that pitted the offensive and defensive units against one another.
Long noted that the coaching staff didn’t take the game too seriously. The coaches had done nearly all of their evaluations during the practices that preceded the game.
“We let the players get after one another pretty good today,” Long noted. “We didn’t do a lot of contact during the spring because we didn’t want to get people hurt. We turned them loose today and some good hitting took place. I think the players enjoyed that. The best part was, we didn’t have any injuries today.”
Story courtesy of Chadron State Athletics.
Bloomsburg (Pa.) University senior running back Franklyn Quiteh won the Harlon Hill Trophy Friday as the 2013 Division II College Football Player of the Year. Quiteh, a three-time Hill Trophy Finalist, received 182 total points and held a 36-point margin over West Texas A&M University quarterback Dustin Vaughan. Henderson State (Ark.) University junior quarterback Kevin Rodgers was third with 100 points.
Following Quiteh, Vaughan and Rodgers in the voting were senior quarterback Bo Cordell of Tusculum (57), senior running back Rondell White of West Chester (56), senior quarterback Jon Wolf of Minnesota State-Mankato (35), senior running back Glen Clinton of Chadron State (17), senior running back Tyler Tonderum of Southwest Minnesota State (13) and senior quarterback Luke Charles from UNC Pembroke (12).
The Hill Trophy is named for a former University of North Alabama player – the late Harlon Hill – who was a standout with the Lions from 1950-53 before going on to fame in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears.
For the second time in a week, Chadron State College tailback Glen Clinton has been named to an All-America Football Team. Clinton, a senior from Cody, Wyo., was selected to the 2013 Daktronics All-America Second Team Wednesday as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America. On Dec. 12, Clinton, a Harlon Hill finalist and a two-time Academic All-American, was also tabbed as a Beyond Sports Network All-American.
Clinton rushed for 1,518 yards, scored 14 touchdowns and gained 1,923 all-purpose yards. Both totals led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and he also added 43 receptions for 388 yards. Seven of his runs were longer than 50 yards.
Late in the 2013 season, Clinton became the second-leading rusher in Chadron State history and finished his career with 4,656 yards. He also became just the second player ever at CSC to accumulate over 6,000 all-purpose yards.
Chadron State running back Glen Clinton is a national finalist for the 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. Clinton is the first finalist from Chadron State College since Danny Woodhead won his second consecutive Harlon Hill Trophy in 2007.
Clinton was the 2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year and helped lead the Eagles to an 8-3 record and a second place finish in the conference. He rushed for 1,518 yards to lead the RMAC by over 380 yards and he gained 1,923 all-purpose yards, which is 660 more yards than any other player in the league. He also ranks high nationally. He’s ranked 10th in rushing yards and rushing yards per game and he’s 14th in all-purpose yardage.
Clinton is the second-leading rusher in CSC history with 4,656 yards and just the second player in school history to gain over 6,000 all-purpose yards.
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The finalists were selected by sports information directors in regional voting and will now be placed on the national ballot where all 168 D-II football SIDs will select the winner. National voting concludes on Dec. 7 and the top three finishers will be invited to Florence, Ala., for the presentation banquet.
The winner of the 2013 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 28th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.
This year’s Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 54th induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.
|Luke Charles, QB||6-1||215||Sr.||UNC-Pembroke||Murphy, N.C.|
|Glen Clinton, TB||5-10||200||Sr.||Chadron State||Cody, Wyo.|
|Bo Cordell, QB||6-0||205||Sr.||Tusculum||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Franklyn Quiteh, RB||5-9||206||Sr.||Bloomsburg||Tobyhanna, Penn.|
|Kevin Rodgers, QB||6-3||215||Jr.||Henderson State||Rockwall, Texas|
|Tyler Tonderum, RB||5-10||191||Jr.||Southwest Minnesota||Armstrong, Iowa|
|Dustin Vaughn, QB||6-5||220||Sr.||West Texas A&M||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Rondell White, RB||5-10||185||Sr.||West Chester||West Chester, Penn.|
|Jon Wolf, QB||6-4||230||Sr.||Minnesota State-Mankato||Oak Forest, Ill.|
The NCAA announced its public infractions report against Chadron State College and its football program. The report follows an NCAA investigation of violations identified during an inquiry into Chadron State’s athletic program.
“We’re pleased to have a decision from the NCAA and now we can continue to ensure Eagle athletics remains the strong program it already is,” Dr. Randy Rhine, CSC president said. “I have confidence in our coaching staff and athletic administration to lead us forward.”
Chadron State College’s football program will not receive a postseason ban and scholarships will not be reduced. However, CSC will vacate its wins during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and is placed under probation until Nov. 5, 2016. Nebraska State College System chancellor Stan Carpenter said he was grateful for the leadership of Rhine and other college officials during the NCAA investigation.
“While it is vital we learn from the NCAA investigation as we look toward the future of CSC, our primary focus has been and will continue to be providing quality academic and extra-curricular programs to benefit our students. President Rhine’s insight and leadership continue to make Chadron a strong institution.”