Mavs’ Edmiston selected Academic All-American

Colorado Mesa University senior linebacker Jake Edmiston was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II team.

The Palisade High School graduate made the first team with a 3.82 GPA in secondary education (mathematics and statistics). He is the RMAC academic and defensive player of the year.

He set a Division II record with 177 tackles (16.1 per game).

Edmiston is one of seven players from the RMAC to make the Academic All-America team.

Chadron State running back Glen Clinton (3.60, biology), Colorado Mines tight end Court Pietra (3.89, mechanical engineering), Chadron State defensive back Pierre Etchemendy (3.85, rangeland management) and Mines linebacker Chad McGraw (3.71, engineering technology) made the first team with Edmiston.

Chadron State offensive lineman Sam Parker (3.67, elementary education), Chadron State defensive lineman Zach Sandstrom (3.94, physical education) and CSU-Pueblo punter Brandon Kliesen (3.58, civil engineering) made the second team.

Bowl Game

Edmiston and senior safety Michael Brady were selected to play in the fourth annual National Bowl Game on Sunday in Miami.

The bowl game is for the ‘100 best non-FBS college football players in the country.’

Edmiston and Brady will be on opposite teams.

Several NFL and CFL scouts are expected to attend the game.

All-Region Honor

Melissa Hess and Sunni Rae Baird on Wednesday earned All-South Central Regional honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Hess, a 6-foot-2 junior middle blocker, made the South Central first team after a season with 338 kills and 93 total blocks.

Baird, a 5-6 senior libero, made the all-region second team. She led the RMAC in digs with 581 and was the conference’s defensive player of the year.

Preseason Recognition

Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse goalkeeper Brad Brandenburg made the Inside Lacrosse magazine preseason All-America team.

The senior was selected honorable mention. He is the first All-American of any kind for the Mavs.

Brandenburg was the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s co-defensive player of the year and was an All-WILA first team selection last season.

He had an 8.06 goals-against average and made 137 saves his junior season.

The magazine picked the Mavericks to win the WILA next spring and listed them as a dark horse to receive an NCAA bid in the South Region.


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