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October 27, 2011
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NJCAA Fall Sport Players of the Week Selections (10/27/2011)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The following are this week’s NJCAA Player of the Week selections for football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball. For more information visit www.njcaa.org. This week’s marks the final POTW selections of the season for men’s & women’s soccer and volleyball.

NJCAA Football Players of the Week - Oct. 26, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Deon Anthony (Hinds CC, Miss.), Jonathan Cross (Ridgewater College, Minn.) and Chase Carpenter (Northwest Mississippi CC) have been named NJCAA Football Players of the Week for games Oct. 20 through Oct. 23.

Earning Offensive Player of the Week honors was Anthony. Cross was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Carpenter was Player of the Week on Special Teams.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Deon Anthony, Hinds Community College, Miss.
Quarterback; New Iberia, La.; Westgate High School

The Eagles didn’t throw the ball a lot Saturday, but when they did, Anthony (6’ 1”, 205 lbs.) made the most of his opportunity. The sophomore was 14-of-18 passing, throwing for a school-record 415 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-32 win over Pearl River CC (Miss.). Anthony completed 78 percent of his passes, including a 70-yard long completion. Despite already clinching a MACJC playoff-birth for the first time since 2004, No. 10 Hinds and Anthony play at No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC Saturday for the South Division title.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK  
Jonathan Cross, Ridgewater College, Minn.
Linebacker; Jacksonville, Fla.; Wolfson High School

Cross (6’ 1” / 215 lbs.) was all over the field in the Warriors’ 26-14 win over Central Lakes College-Brainerd (Minn.). The sophomore tallied 18 tackles, including 11 solo and four for a loss. Cross also recorded three sacks, caused a fumble and broke up a pass. Ridgewater clinched a MCAC playoff spot with the victory and will face Northland CTC (Minn.) Saturday in the conference semifinals.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK 
Chase Carpenter, Northwest Mississippi Community College
Kicker/Punter; Slayden, Miss.; Marshall Academy

Carpenter (5’ 9”/150 lbs.) earned Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks. In the Rangers’ 66-41 win over Holmes CC (Miss.), Carpenter was a perfect 9-for-9 on extra points and hit a 24-yard field goal. The freshman also had three punts averaging 46.3 yards, including a 52-yarder and one inside the 20. Carpenter and Northwest Mississippi will travel to Itawamba CC (Miss.) Thursday for their regular season finale. 

NJCAA Men's Soccer Player of the Week - Oct. 26, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Luke Huggett (Cloud CCC, Kan.) was named NJCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for games Oct. 17 through Oct. 23.

Huggett was named Player of the Week for Division I.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Luke Huggett, Cloud County Community College, Kan.
Forward; Brighton, England; Durington High School

Huggett (5’ 7”) strung together two impressive performances last week, spearheading the Thunderbirds to two blowout wins. The sophomore scored two goals in a 7-1 victory over Independence CC (Kan.). Huggett came back the next day and recorded five goals and added an assist in a 13-1 win over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. No. 10 Cloud County and Huggett defeated Pratt CC (Kan.) Tuesday to advance to the Region IV Tournament semifinals Saturday where they will meet Barton CC (Kan.).

DIVISION I GOALIE OF THE WEEK
There were no goalies nominated in Division I.

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK  
There were no players nominated in Division III.

DIVISION III GOALIE OF THE WEEK 
There were no goalies nominated in Division III. 

NJCAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week - Oct. 26, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Roxanne Lee-Stewart (Cloud CCC, Kan.) and Hope Sedunov (Westmoreland CCC, Pa.) have been named NJCAA Women’s Soccer Players of the Week for games Oct. 17 through Oct. 23. 

Lee-Stewart was named Player of the Week in Division I, while Sedunov was selected Goalie of the Week in Division III.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Roxanne Lee-Stewart, Cloud County Community College, Kan.
Midfielder; Southhampton, England; Itchen College

Lee-Stewart (5’ 9”) was unstoppable offensively last week, leading the Thunderbirds to two blowout victories. In one of the best individual performances of the season, Lee-Stewart recorded four goals and four assists for 12 points in a 17-0 shellacking of Independence CC (Kan.). The sophomore tallied another four goals in a 6-0 win over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Cloud County and Lee-Stewart defeated Barton CC (Kan.) in their first Region VI Tournament game Monday and will face No. 8 Butler CC (Kan.) Saturday in the semifinals.

DIVISION I GOALIE OF THE WEEK
No goalies were nominated in Division I. 

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK  
No players were nominated in Division III.

DIVISION III GOALIE OF THE WEEK  
Hope Sedunov, Westmoreland County Community College, Pa.
Hermanie, Pa.; Yough High School

Sedunov (5’ 5”) compiled one of the best performances by a goalie this season in a 0-0 tie against Division I opponent Mercyhurst North East (Pa.). The sophomore turned away all 20 shots that were sent at her goal in 110 minutes of play. Beginning Wednesday, Sedunov and the Wolfpack will be playing in the Region XX Tournament.

NJCAA Volleyball Players of the Week - Oct. 26, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Paula da Silva (Barton CC, Kan.), Calie Schuldt (Scottsdale CC, Ariz.) and Ashley Kay (Eastfield College, Texas) have been named NJCAA Volleyball Players of the Week for games Oct. 17 through Oct. 23.

The Player of the Week for Division I was da Silva. Schuldt earned Player of the Week in Division II and the Division III Player of the Week was Kay.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Paula da Silva, Barton Community College, Kan.
Middle Blocker; Sao Paulo, Brasil; Instituto Universal Brasileiro

Despite facing two blockers on nearly every attempt, da Silva (6’ 2”) led the Cougars to a 1-1 record last week behind her powerful swing. The freshman recorded 21 kills in a three-set sweep of Pratt CC (Kan.) and 34 in a five-set loss to Colby CC (Kan.). Although da Silva was the main focus of opposing defenses, she still managed to finish the week with a .413 hitting percentage. Wednesday, Barton and da Silva will host Seward County CC (Kan.) in the regular season finale.

DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK  
Calie Schuldt, Scottsdale Community College, Ariz.
Outside Hitter; Mesa, Ariz.; Desert Ridge High School

Schuldt (5’ 9”) showcased her versatile talents last week in two victories for the Fighting Artichokes. The freshman had two double-doubles with her top performance being 20 kills and 18 digs in a five-set win over Division I opponent Yavapai College (Ariz.). Schuldt added 14 kills and 16 digs in a five-set win against South Mountain CC (Ariz.). Schuldt and Scottsdale will close their regular season out this week with matches against Glendale CC (Ariz.) Wednesday and Eastern Arizona College Friday.

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK 
Ashley Kay, Eastfield College, Texas
Middle Blocker; Edgewood, Texas; Edgewood High School

Kay (6’ 0”) became the second Harvester to earn Player of the Week honors this season with strong performances in all four of Eastfield’s matches last week. The sophomore’s best effort came in a five-set victory against Cedar Valley College (Texas). Kay tallied 19 kills and 12 digs for a double-double. Kay and the Harvesters have completed their regular season.

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