Pair of Warriors net NAC Men's Basketball honors
Plath named First Team All-NAC
March 3, 2009
WAUKESHA, Wis. – Two student-athletes from the Wisconsin Lutheran College men’s basketball team have received postseason honors from the Northern Athletics Conference, it was announced Tuesday as the 2008-09 awards were released.
Senior guard Kyle Plath (Lake Geneva, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) was selected to the six-member All-NAC First Team. Plath, who started all 28 games, finished tied for second in the NAC in scoring at 18.4 points per game. He set a single season school record by making 116 three-point field goals, good for fourth in NCAA Division III at 4.1 three-pointers made per game. Plath finished his career with 1,076 points in just three seasons at Wisconsin Lutheran.
Junior forward Sam Siemers (Nicollet, Minn./Minnesota Valley Lutheran) was named to the 12-member NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Siemers, who also started all 28 games, led the Warriors with 5.9 rebounds per game and finished second on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game. The 33 points he poured in on December 2 were not only a career high, but it was also the highest point output by a Warrior in a game this season.
Benedictine University senior guard Jared Bailey was named NAC Player of the Year after averaging 17.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line and 37 percent from the three-point arc.
Edgewood College’s Ben Wisniewski was named NAC Freshman of the Year. Wisniewski led the Eagles by averaging 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, and led the conference in three-point field goal shooting with a 49 percent average from behind the arc.
Ryan Rebsom of Rockford College was named NAC Coach of the Year. Rebsom had the most dramatic turnaround this season as his Regents went 17-10 overall and 10-6 in the NAC after finishing 1-24 overall and 1-17 in the NAC a year ago.
Wisconsin Lutheran, which finished third in NCAA Division III with 10.5 three-pointers made per game, ends its 2008-09 season with a 15-13 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the NAC South Division. WLC was just one win shy of reaching the NCAA Division III Tournament.