BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners in football, volleyball, soccer and hockey on Monday. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Bethel, Concordia, Gustavus, Saint John's, Saint Mary's and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Oct. 23 – Oct. 29, 2017.
The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their award-winning performances. This week, Augsburg, Gustavus and St. Thomas each had a pair of student-athletes honored, while Bethel, Concordia, Saint John's and Saint Mary's all had one apiece.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, volleyball, soccer and hockey) will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons.
MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
Sr. – Running Back
Glyndon, Minn. | Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Concordia senior fullback Chad Johnson rushed for a career-high 203 yards on just 15 carries in the Cobbers' 35-12 victory over Carleton on Saturday. The performance pushed his season total past the 1,000-yard mark, while his two touchdowns on the ground advanced his own program record to 41. He is three rushing touchdowns shy of the Cobbers' single-season mark of 19 with two games left on the regular season schedule.
MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Jr. – Linebacker
Prior Lake, Minn.
Junior linebacker Blake Weber led a busy St. Thomas defense that allowed just one offensive touchdown in a 58-13 victory over Bethel on Saturday. Weber was all over the field for the Tommies, logging a 13-yard sack, a seven-yard tackle for loss, a pass breakup and five tackles as St. Thomas limited the Royals to 122 yards on 58 offensive plays.
MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Jr. – Defensive Back
Aurora, Ill. | Maple Grove
St. Thomas defensive back Chris Fondakowski was very active in the Tommies' 58-13 win over Bethel last week. The junior DB scooped up a blocked PAT kick and tossed the ball across the field to teammate Luke Swenson, who dashed 80 yards for a two-point score. Fondakowski got in on the block party as well in the second quarter, deflecting a punt and returning it 16 yards for a touchdown of his own.
MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week
Sr. – Middle Blocker
Sioux Falls, S.D. | Sioux Falls Christian
For the third time this season, Bethel senior Kristin Stern has earned MIAC Hitter of the Week honors. The middle blocker recorded 48 kills and 19 blocks in 13 sets last week, while hitting .298 as Bethel went 2-0 against Conference foes to surge into the MIAC Playoffs for the fourth straight year.
MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Jr. – Setter
Rochester, Minn. | Mayo
Nora Holtan set up the Gustavus offense in a five-set victory over Augsburg and a sweep versus Saint Mary's last week to help the Gusties secure the No. 3 seed in the MIAC Playoffs. Holtan averaged 10 assists per set and posted two straight double-double performances, compiling 47 assists and 17 digs while hitting .350 against the Auggies.
MIAC Men's Soccer Co-Athletes of the Week
Saint John's University
Sr. – Midfielder
Fargo, N.D. | Shanley
Daniel Bruckbauer recorded four points as Saint John's cruised to victory in a pair of "must-win" games last week to reach the MIAC Playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. Bruckbauer tied the game at 1-1 in the 19th minute with an acrobatic one-timer off a free kick and took advantage of a Macalester turnover to create the game-winning scoring play in a 2-1 win over the nationally-ranked Scots on Tuesday. He also assisted on the game-winning goal with 4:40 to play in Saturday's playoff-clinching 1-0 victory over Carleton.
Sr. – Midfielder
Senior Alex Wilson guided Gustavus to two victories last week, tallying the game-winner in Tuesday's victory at Hamline to secure a home postseason matchup, along with a second game-winning goal versus Macalester on Saturday to earn a first round bye in the MIAC Playoffs. Wilson now has three game-winning goals on the year.
MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Ashley St. Aubin
So. – Forward/Midfielder
Ashley St. Aubin played a role in all three of Augsburg's goals last week, as the Auggies secured their second MIAC regular season title in a four-year span. St. Aubin scored the lone goal for Augsburg in a 1-1 draw at St. Thomas on Wednesday before recording a corner kick assist and a walk-off game-winner of her own 45 seconds into the second overtime of the team's 2-1 win over St. Olaf on Saturday night to clinch the Conference crown and top seed in the Playoffs. St. Aubin has scored at least one goal in 11 of Augsburg's 17 games this season, with the Auggies going 10-0-1 in those contests.
MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Sr. – Forward
Senior forward Nate Flynn scored two goals and added an assist for a three-point weekend, leading No. 12-ranked Augsburg to a pair of victories to open the season at the 2017 MIAC Men's Hockey Showcase. Flynn scored the game-tying goal 16 seconds into the third period and the game-winning goal with 13 seconds left in overtime in the Auggies' 3-2 win over Gustavus on Friday.
MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Jr. – Forward
Coon Rapids, Minn. | Maple Grove
Bailey Wendt accounted for five of the Cardinals' eight goals in wins over Marian and St. Norbert on opening weekend. The junior forward recorded her first collegiate hat trick against Marian and added a pair of scores against SNC to equal the total offensive production from her first two seasons, just two games into 2017.