Brains and brawn
14 Mesa FB players make RMAC All-Academic team
Colorado Mesa running back Jake Cimolino is on pace for a historic season on the football field.
He’s also proving he can handle the academics.
The sophomore was an unanimous RMAC first-team all-academic selection with a 3.84 grade-point average in exercise science.
Cimolino is one of 14 Mavericks to receive RMAC All-Academic honors this week. Nine made the first team, the most by any RMAC school.
“That is outstanding,” CMU coach Russ Martin said. “That is a tremendous tribute to our players. Every one of those guys are outstanding character young men.”
Junior linebacker Jake Edmiston (3.79, secondary education) and senior defensive back Trent deBraga (4.0, criminal justice) were also unanimous first-team selections.
Sophomore wide receiver and kicker Alex Zemezonak (3.64, business), junior defensive back and punter Michael Brady (3.98, business), senior offensive lineman Matt Mankoff (3.95, business) and sophomore defensive lineman Zach Beach (3.75, environmental science) made the first team.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Deke Cisco (3.67, biology) and senior tight end Robert Felberg (3.75, economics) made the second team.
Junior offensive lineman Brett Boyer (3.45, criminal justice), sophomore defensive back Travis McRae (3.42, business) and redshirt freshman defensive back Tyler Winder (3.36, athletic training) made the honor roll.
Chadron State quarterback Jonn McLain received the RMAC Academic Player of the Year award with a 3.78 GPA in math education.
Seven Colorado Mesa volleyball players received All-Academic honors from the RMAC.
Junior outside hitter Haleigh Higgins, a Central High School graduate, made the second team with a 3.94 GPA in business.
Six other Mavericks made the honor roll: senior outside hitter Kelly Regimbal (3.72, math), junior libero Sunni Rae Baird (3.85, biology), sophomore setter Jordyn Moody (3.46, psychology), senior middle hitter Rachael Beaty (3.48 exercise science), senior setter Krista Ubersox (3.31, business) and junior outside hitter Rebecca Sellers (3.6, kinesiology).
Colorado Mines outside hitter Jackie Stabell, who has a 3.56 GPA in mechanical engineering, was selected the Academic Player of the Year.
The CMU volleyball team is on the road for three matches in three days this week, playing two more nationally ranked teams.
The long week begins tonight at No. 17 Regis, and after traveling to Colorado Springs to play CU-Colorado Springs on Friday night, Mesa faces No. 23 Metro State on Saturday.
After rolling to a 13-3 start, the Mavericks have lost their past two matches and slipped into second place in the West Division with a 7-3 RMAC record, behind No. 24 Adams State (15-4, 8-3).
Colorado Mesa divers Brock Martin and Amanda Jennings received the RMAC men’s and women’s diver of the week awards for their performance last week.
Martin, a junior, won the 1- and 3-meter dive events against Colorado Mines, scoring 292.3 on the 1-meter to qualify for nationals. He has won all four diving events of the season he has entered.
Jennings, a sophomore, finished second and third respectively in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive competitions in the season-opening Intermountain Shootout.
The Mavericks host RMAC foes Adams State and Western State Colorado at noon Saturday.
If you’re one of those people who loves Senior Day, here are the dates CMU will honor its senior student-athletes this fall:
Women’s soccer: Friday vs. Metro State, 7 p.m., Walker Field.
Men’s soccer: Sunday vs. Regis, 3 p.m., Walker Field.
Volleyball: Oct. 27 vs. Adams State, 4 p.m., Brownson Arena.
Football: Nov. 3 vs. Western State, 1 p.m., Stocker Stadium.
The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team moved up to No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association and the D2Football.com national polls this week.
The ThunderWolves (7-0) picked up 23 first-place votes after previous No. 1 and defending national champion Pittsburg State (Kan.) University lost for the first time this season. Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Northwest Missouri State defeated the Gorillas 31-21.
CSU-Pueblo defeated Colorado School of Mines 35-21 last week. Colorado Mesa hosts the ThunderWolves at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Stocker Stadium.
Two men’s teams and one women’s team from the RMAC are ranked in the Division II Bulletin’s preseason rankings.
Metro State is ranked No. 5 and Colorado School of Mines is No. 7 in the men’s preseason top 25, with the Metro State women No. 5.
Brett Green, a senior guard for Mines, is one of the men’s Super 16 Selections, and Christina Whitelaw, a junior forward at Colorado Christian, is on the women’s Super 16 list.
Western New Mexico men’s basketball coach Mark Coleman announced this week he will resign after the season to concentrate on being the Mustangs’ athletic director.
“I have enjoyed coaching the kids and being around them, and being the AD, I still get to have that opportunity in a different way, with more sports and athletes,” Coleman said in a news release from the Silver City, N.M., school.