Voeltz named Male Athlete of YearThe UW-River Falls athletic award winners have been named for the 2010-11 sports season.
The UW-River Falls athletic award winners have been named for the 2010-11 sports season.
The Male Athlete of the Year is former River Falls High School star Jake Voeltz of the basketball team. Voeltz led the Falcons in scoring, averaging 15.3 points, and in rebounding with a 7.1 average. UW-RF finished 20-8 overall and competed in the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history.
The Female Athlete of the Year is Kait Mason of the hockey team. Mason, an Eagan, Minn., native, led the Falcons in scoring with 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points. The 20 goals tied the school record for goals in a season and the 40 points established a school record for points in a season. Mason was also named the Newcomer of the Year.
The Male Scholar-Athlete is football player and track and field athlete Greg Klingelhutz of Chanhassen, Minn. He has a 3.712 grade point average and is majoring in business administration. Klingelhutz is a sprinter on the track and field team and a running back and return man on the football team. Last fall he set an NCAA record with 1,017 kickoff return yards.
The Female Scholar Athlete is softball player Rose Tusa of Roseville, Minn. Tusa, who is majoring in geology, has a 3.846 cumulative grade point average. The pitcher set school records for wins in a season with 21 and strike outs in a season with 226.
This year’s Falcon Award winner is softball player Ashley Goettl of North Mankato, Minn. Goettl, a first baseman, led the Falcons in hitting with a .389 average. She led the Falcons in homers (8), doubles (15) and RBI (36). She was named to the first All-WIAC and to the third All-Great Lakes Region teams. She helped the Falcons win the WIAC regular season and WIAC Tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA National Championships.
The Comeback Player of the Year is women’s hockey player Michelle Anez of Little Falls, Minn. Anez’s father, Verd, was killed in an accident during the hockey season. Despite the loss, Anez returned to the team and helped the Falcons to an undefeated regular season (22-0-3), the NCHA regular season championship (17-0-3) and a berth into the NCAA National playoffs.
Women’s hockey player Lauren Conrad of Lino Lakes, Minn., won the Play of the Year award. Conrad scored the game winning goal in the team’s 4-2 win over Gustavus Adolphus on Dec. 10. She beat the GAC goalie with a slap shot from about 30 feet at 8:40 of the third period.
The women’s hockey team was recognized as both the Team of the Year and the Performance of the Year awards winner. The Falcons finished the regular season with a 22-0-3 overall record. They won the NCHA regular season championship (17-0-3) and a berth into the NCAA National playoffs.