Colorado Mesa athletes honored
‘Tis the season for preseason football teams, with various publications and services releasing their watch lists.
Two Colorado Mesa University players were selected to the Beyond Sports Network preseason team for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Beyond Sports Network is an online scouting and talent-evaluation service.
Senior cornerback Jordan Price made the team, as did senior running back Jake Cimolino, who last spring was advised not to play his senior season because of injuries. He finished his career third on CMU’s all-time rushing list with 3,475 yards, averaging 105.3 yards per game.
Quarterbacks Chris Bonner of CSU-Pueblo and Jon McClain of Chadron State headline the team, with Western State running back Austin Ekeler, only a sophomore, making the list. The ThunderWolves placed 12 players on the team.
Beyond Sports Network staff members selected the team based on performances of players from last season’s all-RMAC team who are eligible to return this season, game evaluations and overall statistics.
The Mavericks, who went 5-6 last season, 4-5 in the RMAC, open the 2014 season Sept. 6 against Dixie State College at Stocker Stadium.
Two RMAC defensive linemen made the NCAA Division II preseason All-America team, CSU-Pueblo’s Darius Allen and New Mexico Highlands’ Patrick Carney. They also made Lindy’s Sports magazine’s first-team All-America team. Bonner and wide receiver Paul Browning of CSU-Pueblo made Lindy’s second-team offense.
Brandenburg top keeper
Brad Brandenburg finished his senior year on the men’s lacrosse team with a .617 save percentage, making 121 saves.
The NCAA recently awarded him the Division II national statistical champion for save percentage. Brandenburg was the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association defensive player of the year his junior and senior years.
CMU and Brandenburg will receive plaques commemorating his statistical championship.
Swimmers get academic honors
The CMU women’s swimming and diving team earned the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s Scholar All-American Team honor. The Mavericks had a 3.09 cumulative GPA, which was 53rd among Division II teams.
Eight student-athletes earned individual Scholar All-America honors.
Diver Brock Martin was the only Maverick on the first team, with Tyler Kaslick and Thomas Stutzriem on the men’s honorable mention team.
Marissa Bradley, Savannah Craft, Annie Jones, Eryn Leonard and Abi Young all made the women’s honorable mention team.
First-team recipients must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and compete at the NCAA championships. Honorable mention recipients must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and earn a “B” qualifying standard.