Elling, Voeltz honored by WIAC
UW-River Falls senior guard Jesse Elling has been named to the WIAC's 2008-09 All-Sportsmanship Team, while sophomores Jake Voeltz and Jontae Koonkaew and freshman Aaron Anderson all earned honorable mention to the All-WIAC team.
The WIAC's All-Sportsmanship team is for individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. The team included one member from each school as selected by that school.
"This is a very well deserved honor for Jesse. He was always respectful of our opponents and a great team player for our program," Falcon head coach Jeff Berkhof said.
Elling, a 2004 graduate of River Falls High School, served as the Falcons co-captain along with Voeltz, Koonkaew and Brady Hannigan and was one of just two seniors on a UW-RF team that finished 11-15 overall, 5-11 in conference play. He played in 24 games and averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds a game. He scored a season-high nine points in a game against St. Scholastica and tied a career-high with seven rebounds in a game against UW-Superior.
Voeltz, another former Wildcat, played in all 26 games and started 25 times for the Falcons this season. He was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.2 points, and rebounding with a 5.5 per game average. He also finished second in blocks (13) and steals (29).
Voeltz scored in double figures in 15 games and had double figures in rebounds in three contests. In a game against UW-Stout on Feb. 18 he grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and also scored 17 points. He scored a career-high 22 points in a game against Hamline on Dec. 30.
"Jake was a thorn in the side of many teams in our league with his scoring and rebounding," said Berkhof.
Koonkaew, an Apple Valley, Minn., native played and started all 26 games for the Falcons. He led the team in scoring with an average of 15 points a game. His 124 assists were tops in the WIAC and he also led the Falcons with 36 steals.
Koonkaew scored in double figures in 22 games and scored a career-high 28 points in a game against UW-Stout on Feb. 18. He twice had a career-high nine assists in games against Bemidji State on Dec. 20 and against Hamline on Dec. 30. Koonkaew finished ninth in scoring and eighth in steals in the WIAC.
"Jontae had an excellent season for us," said Berkhof.
Anderson, a Stillwater (Minn.) High School graduate, led the team with 44 three-pointers and led the WIAC in three-point shooting percentage, hitting 44-of-88 attempts (.500). He averaged 8.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. He had 31 assists, four blocks and 16 steals. He was 11th in the WIAC in made three pointers.
Anderson scored in double figures 12 times and scored a career-high 21 points in a game against Eau Claire on Feb. 7. He had a career-high eight rebounds in his first collegiate game on Nov. 18. He played in and started all 26 games for the Falcons.
"As a freshman, Aaron established himself as one of the best three-point shooters in the conference," said Berkhof.
"I am very happy for our players," added Berkhof. "There were a lot of good players in the WIAC and to have three players recognized by the other head coaches shows their quality of play throughout the season. With these individuals returning and leading the way, we look forward to a promising future for Falcon basketball."