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2010 WIAC Football Players of the Week
Week of November 8th - November 14th, 2010
Offense Defense
Ryan Luessenheide Brandon Stremkowski
QB :: UW-River Falls LB :: UW-Stevens Point
The UW-River Falls Falcons were trailing 42-38 with less than two minutes to go in the contest, facing the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds at Carson Park on Saturday ( 11/13 ), until Falcon QB Ryan Luessenheide drove the team 70-yards on 17-plays, capping the march with a game-winning TD throw, his 5th of the day. UW-RF won the game by a final score of 45-42.

Luessenheide, throwing for a school record 375 yards and five touchdowns, helped Falcons retiring Head Coach John O'Grady record his 105th career victory and avoid his first winless season in 22 years.

Luessenheide ( SR.-New Hope/MN ) finishes the season completing 74-of-124 passes for 835-yards and 8 TDs.
On Saturday ( 11/13 ), the UW-Platteville Pioneers took it on the chin at Community Stadium in Goerke Field, playing the host UW-Stevens Point Pointers. Point took the opening kickoff 88 yards to the house, en route to a 45-24 win.

Top defenseman for the Pointers, LB Brandon Stremkowski ( SR.-Stevens Point/SPASH ), created some big noise playing in his last college game. Stremkowski recorded 14 tackles ( 3 assisted ) on the day.

The Math Education major did not play in 2009 ( injured ) but in '08 Stremkowski was selected First Team All-WIAC, playing in nine games, recording 35 tackles and two sacks on the season.

In his off-the-field time Brandon volunteers for the Special Olympics.
Week of November 1st - November 7th, 2010
Offense Defense
Nick Anker Trevor Fiege
QB :: UW-La Crosse LB :: UW-Stout
The UW-La Crosse Eagles ( 3-6, 3-3 ) ended a 3-game losing streak to UW-Eau Claire and the Blugolds ( 4-5, 2-4 ) on Saturday ( 11/6 ) with a convincing 49-14 win at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

Eagle QB Nick Anker completed 32-of-47 attempts for 311 yards and a career high 5 touchdowns. Anker, is once again the WWS WIAC offensive player of the week.

Anker connected with WR Kyle Steffen on a 22-yd 1st quarter TD pass, giving the Eagle's a 7-0 advantage, then recorded TD strikes of 8-yds, 8-yds and 18-yds. The game result was all but determined at halftime with UW-L up 35-0.

The Eagle QB was the Week-4 ( Sept. 20-26 ) WWS honor recipient, Anker completing 25-of-42 passes for 338 yards and 1 TD against the University of Missouri Science and Technology Miners, in a 31-24 loss.
The WWS WIAC defensive player of the week, UW-Stout Blue Devil LB Trevor Fiege ( JR.-Menomonie/WI ) racked up 8 tackles ( 1 assist ) at Ralph E. Davis Stadium in Platteville, Wi., on Saturday ( 11/6 ) facing UW-Platteville. The Blue Devil's upended the Pioneers 28-23 on a great overall defensive team-effort.

With the score 28-21, in favor of the Blue Devil's, Fiege forced a Pioneer RB Sean Martinez ( SO.-Oak Forest/IL ) 4th quarter fumble, which was recovered by Stout, snuffing out a game-tying Pioneer drive.

Fiege, a Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management major, has 66 total tackles this season, 2 forced fumbles and 1 sack, playing in all 9 games.
Week of October 25th - October 31st, 2010
Offense Defense
Joel Sweeney Joe Mleziva
TB :: UW-Eau Claire LB :: UW-Stevens Point
UW-Eau Claire TB Joel Sweeney ( Fr.-Tomah/WI ) rumbled for 233 yards on 42 carries in a 20-14 Blugold home-win against UW-Oshkosh ( 10/30 ). And for his efforts, has once again earned the WWS WIAC Player of the Week honors.

Sweeney, who won the Week-5 award, ( with 229 total yards against UW-Stevens Point in a 26-20 OT win ), this week against the Titans recorded two rushing TDs, caught 1 pass for 20 yards and ended the day with 255 all-purpose yards. Sweeney led the team to a 13-0 Blugold halftime lead.

Sweeney had a break-out season this year, against St. John's (MN), in Week-2, the freshman rushed 25 times for 106 yards and 2 TDs in a 23-20 OT win, and on September 4 he recorded 184 yards and 3 TDs in a 35-31 Blugold win over Bethel University.
The UW-Stevens Point Pointers faced #1 ranked ( ) UW-Whitewater and the Warhawks on Saturday ( 10/30 ) at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater and were upended 27-14.

On the defensive side of the ball Pointer LB Joe Mleziva ( Sr.Casco/WI ) recorded 11.5 total tackes, 9-solo in the loss, and for his efforts picks up the WWS WIAC defensive player of the week honors.

Mleziva, in 2009 was Second Team All-WIAC defense, second on the team with 89 tackles. The senior recorded four interceptions and two forced fumbles, playing in all 10 games.

Mleziva was selected to the 2010 Preseason Inside Wisconsin Sports D3 All-State Team.
Week of October 18th - October 24th, 2010
Offense Defense
Antwan Anderson Matt Ainsworth
RB :: UW-Whitewater DB :: UW-River Falls
The WWS WIAC player of the week UW-Whitewater RB Antwan Anderson ( Sr.-Madison/WI ) rushed 38 times, racking up an incredible 240 net yards and 3 TD's, in a Warhawk 63-14 drubbing over the UW-River Falls Falcons at Ramer Field in River Falls, Wi., Saturday afternoon ( 10/23 ,) part of a 417-yard effort on the ground.

Anderson, the 3rd back on the teams' depth chart, made the most of his rushing opportunities, leading UW-Whitewater to their twenty-second consecutive win, the longest win-streak in the NCAA, all divisions included.

The business major, who in his spare time likes track and dancing, picked UW-W because of it's accredited business degree program and because the campus has a great football program.
UW-River Falls Falcon defensive back Matt Ainsworth ( Jr.-Maple Grove/MN ) recorded 12 tackles, ( 6-assisted ) against the #1 ranked ( team in the land on Saturday ( 10/23 ), facing the UW-Whitewater Warhawks, at Ramer Field in River Falls Wi., the Falcons falling 63-14.

Despite the lop-sided final score it wasn't due to a lack of effort on the Falcon's defensive front, the Warhawks having lost only 5 games in as many years.

Ainsworth shared top defensive stats with fellow defensive tackle Alex Adams ( Fr.-Brooklyn Park/MN ) who also had 12 tackles ( 6-assisted ). In 2009 the DB recorded 68 total tackles, playing in all 10 games.
Week of October 11th - October 17th, 2010
Offense Defense
Jake Swank Nick Snyder
QB :: UW-Stevens Point LB :: UW-Platteville
The WWS WIAC football player of the week, UW-Steven's Point QB Jake Swank ( Sr.-Oregon/WI ), completed 26-of-39 passes for 310 yards and 3-TD's on Saturday ( 10/16 ), as the visiting UW-SP Pointers played homecoming spoiler, downing a tough UW-Stout team 27-21, at Don and Nona Williams Stadium in Menomonie.

Swank completed a 2nd quarter 4-yd. TD pass, giving the Pointers a 10-7 lead. Then after trailing 21-19 in the 4th quarter, he capped off a 5-play, 73-yard drive with a 30-yd. TD pass. Swank ran in the two-point conversion, making it a 27-21 game.

Against visiting UW-Oshkosh and the Titans at Community Stadium in Week-6 the QB threw for 228 yards and 4-TD's in a 41-17 home-win.

Majoring in Business Administration and Managerial Accounting, Swank, a Purdue University transfer, served as student assistant coach on the Pointer Mens Basketball National Championship team ( 2010 ).
UW-Platteville Pioneer LB Nick Snyder ( So.-Mt. Morris/IL ) has been selected as the WWS WIAC defensive player of the week. Snyder registered 8 unassisted tackles and 3 sacks in a 21-6 win against the UW-La Crosse Eagles on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

Snyder, with the great defensive effort, helped erase some ancient Pioneer ghosts, UW-Platteville not beating the Eagles at Veterans Stadium since 1980. The team held UW-L to just 50 rushing yards.

Last season ('09 ) as a freshman, the Physical Education major saw action in all 10 games, recording 2 solo-stops facing UW-Whitewater.
Week of October 4th - October 10th, 2010
Offense Defense
Lee Vlasak Ryan Pearcy
WR/RB :: UW-Platteville DB :: UW-Stout
UW-Platteville WR/RB Lee Vlasak ( So.-Blanchardville/WI ) rushed 33 times for 114 yards and scored 5 TD's in a 35-14 thumping of the 17th ranked Eau Claire Blugolds at Pioneer Stadium in Platteville, WI., on Saturday ( 10/9 ). Lee has earned the WWS WIAC 'Player of the Week' honor for his efforts.

Vlasak, who nabbed 4 catches for 91 additional yards in the contest, set a new UW-Platteville record with the 5 rushing TD's, three of them recorded in the second quarter, part of 21 unanswered 2nd period Pioneer points.

He is the sixth player in WIAC history with 5 rushing touchdowns in one game.

Vlasak, a physical education major, had one carry last season, playing in 9 games, starting 4 at wide receiver and was the teams' top punt and kickoff returner.
UW-Stout Blue Devil DB Ryan Pearcy ( Jr.-Plover/WI ) recorded 6 first half tackles, 14 total, on Saturday ( 10/9 ) at Perkins Stadium, facing the #1 ranked UW-Whitewater Warhawks and has earned the WWS WIAC defensive 'player of the week' honor.

Stout trailed the National Champion Warhawks by just 3 points at the half, 10-7. Pearcy helped hold the powerhouse Warhawk running backs Levell Coppage and Booker Stanley to just 37 first half rushing yards.

Coppage and Stanley combine for over 179 yards of rushing offense, most of the yardage picked up in the fourth quarter, en route to a 30-7 win over Stout.

Pearcy, a computer science major, in 2009 led the team in tackles with 70, starting and playing in all 10 games.
Week of September 27th - October 3rd, 2010
Offense Defense
Joel Sweeney Courtney Alexander
TB :: UW-Eau Claire DB :: UW-Platteville
UW-Eau Claire Blugold tailback Joel Sweeney ( Fr.-Tomah/WI ) has garnered the WWS WIAC 'player of the week' honors as the team scored a dramatic 5th period 26-20 win over UW-Stevens Point and the Pointers Saturday ( 10/2) at Carson Park in Eau Claire, WI.

Sweeney rushed 28 times for 109 yards and 1 TD and recorded 5 catches for 120 yards and another score in the win over the Pointers, including the 16-yd. game-wining TD catch from Blugold QB Austin Neu ( So.-Iron Ridge/WI ), capping a 4-play, 25-yd. OT-period drive.

Sweeney, on September 4, 2010, rumbled for 184 yards and 3 TD's, in a 35-31 Blugold win over Bethel University. He also caught 2 balls for 34 yards.
On Thursday night ( 9/30 ), at Ralph Davis Stadium in Platteville, WI, UW-Platteville-Pioneer defensive back Courtney Alexander ( Sr.-Robbins/IL ) registered 12 total tackles, 10 solo, in a 49-17 home loss to UW-Whitewater, and for his efforts has earned the WWS WIAC defensive 'player of the week' honors.

Alexander, a Building Construction Management major, played in 10 games last season ( '09 ), registering 6 tackles in a game against UW-Whitewater.
Week of September 20th - September 26th, 2010
Offense Defense
Nick Anker Lincoln Bjorklund
QB :: UW-La Crosse LB :: UW-River Falls
At Allgood-Bailey Stadium Saturday afternoon ( 9/25 ) facing CAA Division II Independent Missouri University of Science & Technology, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Eagle's football team, with a 31-24 non-conference road-loss, fall to 0-3 on the season.

Despite the loss, WWS gives the gritty UW-La Crosse Eagle QB Nick Anker ( Sr.-Wausau/WI ) the WWS WIAC 'player of the week' honor.

Anker connected on a 3rd period 34-yd. TD pass to WR Kyle Steffen ( Sr.-Burlington/ WI ), closing a 11-point deficit to 17-21, then took the lead, 24-21, on a 6-play, 65-yard drive, culminating with a Eagle TB Brock Larson ( Jr.-De Pere/WI ) 1-yd. TD run.

Anker completed 25-of-42 passes for 338 yards and 1 TD against the Miners, but after taking a 24-21 4th quarter lead, UW-L comes up short in a 31-24 heart-breaker.

Anker, a Physical Education major with an Adapted Physical Education minor, in 2009, completed 197-of-347 passes ( 56.8% ) for 2,083 yards, finishing with 10 touchdowns.
WWS WIAC defensive 'player of the week' honors go to River Falls Falcon LB Lincoln Bjorklund ( So.-Nicolett/MN ).

Lincoln paced all players with 10 tackles ( 5 assisted ) in a tough 43-15 home-loss at Ramer Field to the UW-Oshkosh Titans on Saturday.
Week of September 13th - September 19th, 2010
Offense Defense
Craig Warminski UW-Stout
RB :: UW-Stout Defense
The UW-Stout Blue Devils football team dismantled visiting Eureka College ( Ill. ) 63-0 on Saturday, Sept, 18., at Don and Nona Williams Stadium in Menomonie, the team racking up 408 rushing yards on 61 attempts with 9-TD's.

Two of those scores were provided by the WWS WIAC 'Player of the Week,' Blue Devil RB Craig Warminski ( Jr.-Stanley/WI ).

Warminski had an 8-yd. TD run, capping a 4-play, 59-yd. drive, then, with 7:25 remaining in the 1st period, scored again, on an 80-yd. punt returned for a TD.

Craig had 33 rushing yards on the day, his rushing totals limited due to the lopsided score. Warminski was pulled in the first quarter with the Eureka College Red Devils behind 35-0.

The 2009 first-team All-WIAC selection recorded 1057 yards rushing last season, including a 167-yard effort in a 36-15 win against UW-Eau Claire (Oct. 24, 2009) and currently ranks sixth all-time at Stout with 1949 yards.
The entire UW-Stout Blue Devil's defensive unit, in recognition of their performance in a 63-0 home-win against Eureka College and the Red Devils on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Don and Nona Williams Stadium in Menomonie, is the WWS defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 13-19.

The Blue Devils defense limited the Red Devils to 52 total offensive yards, on 47 plays, including -33 yards rushing on 23 attempts and holding the Eureka passing attack to 10 completions on 24 attempts for 85 net yards and zero points.

Top defensive players for Stout; Team Captain DB Brandon Wood ( Sr.-Cassville/WI ) with 2 tackles and 2 assists with 1 tackle for loss; LB Lee Kostick,( Fr.-Ladysmith/WI ) who carded 2 tackles with 3 assists; DB Jason Brenner ( Jr.-Menomonie /WI ) 2-3; DL Ryan Ericksen ( So.-Stanley/WI ) 1-4; DL Jake Johnson ( So.-Champlin/MN ) 2-2; DB Adam Churchill ( Sr.-Plum City/WI ) 3-0; DB Jason Dehmer ( So.-St. Michael/MN ) 1-2; and DB Will McKissic ( Jr.-Coon Rapids/MN ) 1-2.
Week of September 6th - September 12th, 2010
Offense Defense
Booker Stanley Phillip Minja
RB :: UW-Whitewater FS :: UW-La Crosse
UW-Whitewater Warhawk running back Booker Stanley ( Sr.-Whitefish Bay/WI ) is the WWS WIAC 'Player of the Week 'for Sept. 6-12.

The former Wisconsin Badger ( '03-06 ) and State Player of the Year rumbled for 159 yards on 12 attempts, scoring 3-TD's in a 70-7 shellacking of the Dakota State College Trojans, at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater on Saturday ( 9/11 ).

Stanley, the #3 back, had TD runs of 1-yd., 9-yds. and a third quarter 84-yd. TD gallop, giving the Hawks a 63-0 lead. The 84-yd. TD was the longest run play from scrimmage for UW-W since Sept. 23, 2006 ( UW-Oshkosh ).

In a game against Ohio State in 2003, Stanley played a large part in one of the Badgers' greatest upsets., the defeat of then-No. 3 ranked Ohio State, Stanley rushing 31 times for 125 yards and a touchdown.
The WWS WIAC defensive 'Player of the Week' honors for Sept 6-12 go to UW-La Crosse's FS Phillip Minja ( Sr.-Stockholm/Sweden ) who recorded a game-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo, in a 24-19 loss to #6 ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor ( Texas ) on Saturday at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse. Minja also had 1 tackle for loss of yardage.

Minja, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, played with European champion Germany, in the EFAF ( European Federation of American Football ) All-Star tournament ( 2010 ) and was a first-team participant, playing safety.
Week of August 30th - September 5th, 2010
Offense Defense
Matt Blanchard Aaron Kobes
QB :: UW-Whitewater DB :: UW-Stout
UW-Whitewater, the defending NCAA Division III national champion opened their season on Saturday, Sept. 4 with a 35-0 win over Adrian College at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater.

Warhawk QB Matt Blanchard ( Jr.-Lake Zurich/IL ) completed 19 of 25 passes for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns and has been chosen the WWS Reisinger Body and Paint offensive 'Player of the Week.'

Blanchard also had 5 rushes for 46 yards, including a 3rd quarter 14-yard scamper to the UW-Whitewater 49-yard line, leading to another score, capping a 7-play 85-yard drive, putting the game out of reach at 25-0.

When he's not on the gridiron or studying Matt likes to relax, watch movies and open up a new book.
For his efforts in a 14-13 OT loss to Black Hills State University on Friday, Sept. 4, UW-Stout Blue Devil defensive back Aaron Kobes ( Jr.-Two Rivers/Mishicot ), is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive 'player of the week.'

Kobes had 12 tackles, 3 assists, with 2 QB sacks in the overtime road loss at
Black Hills State. Facing the Yellowjackets, UW-Stout lost on a failed extra-point conversion in OT.

In his spare time the construction management major enjoys fishing, shopping, listening to music and playing NCAA Football or Madden video games.