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Dirkschneider Earns GPAC Honor

(GPAC Release) - The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following football players-of-the-week for games played on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2010-2011 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Players-of-the-Week
Offense - Jon Ryan, Wide Receiver - Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls wide receiver Jon Ryan is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Ryan, a senior from Watertown, South Dakota, totaled 146 reception yards on five catches as the Cougars defeated Briar Cliff 66-21. He had three touchdown receptions and has recorded a score in every game this season. For the season he has 34 receptions for 663 yards and nine touchdowns. Top ranked Sioux Falls is now 6-0 and will host fourth ranked Morningside next Saturday in a 6PM game at Bob Young Field.

Defense - Ryan Dirkschneider, Defensive Lineman - Doane
Doane defensive lineman Ryan Dirkschneider is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Dirkschneider, a junior from Howells, Nebraska, helped pace the Tiger defense that forced five turnovers in a 42-14 win over Concordia. For the game he had three solo tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and one tackle for loss. Doane is now 2-3 on the year and will play at Midland in an 11:30AM game on Saturday.

Special Teams - Cody Eiler, Return Specialist - Nebraska Wesleyan
Nebraska Wesleyan return specialist Cody Eiler is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Special Teams Player-of-the-Week. Eiler, a sophomore from O'Neill, Nebraska, had the game winning 49 yard punt return for a touchdown with :27 left in the game to lift the Prairie Wolve over 25th ranked Dakota Wesleyan 27-20. He had 89 yards on three punt returns with another return setting up a two-play scoring drive in the third quarter. For the game he also had five total tackles. Nebraska Wesleyan is now 2-4 on the season.