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Groteluschen Earns GPAC Honor

(from the GPAC office)

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 25, 2008.  Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2008-2009 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Players-of-the-Week

Special Teams- Dustin Groteluschen, Doane - Kicker
Doane kicker Dustin Groteluschen is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.  Grotelushen, a freshman from Columbus, Nebraska, scored eleven points on Saturday in the Tigers 43-0 win at Dordt.  For the game, he made all five of his point after touchdown kicks and was 2-2 on his field goals with a long of 41 yards.  He totaled eight kickoffs for 491 yards and a long of 70 yards with two touchbacks.  The win improved Doane to 3-5 overall and 2-5 in the GPAC.  The Tigers will host Morningside on Saturday at 1 PM.

Offense - Blake Anderson, Morningside - Wide Receiver
Morningside wide receiver Blake Anderson is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Offensive Player-of-the-Week.  Anderson, a senior from Randolph, Nebraska, totaled seven receptions for 124 yards and three receiving touchdowns as the Mustangs defeated Midland Lutheran 38-7.  He caught three of the first four touchdowns on the day as Morningside led at the half 28-7.  Morningside, ranked fourth in the NAIA, improved to 7-0 and will travel to Doane on Saturday for a 1 PM contest against the Tigers.

Defense - Cody Van Sloten, Northwestern - Defensive End
Northwestern defensive end Cody Van Sloten is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week.  Van Sloten, a senior from Doon, Iowa, helped lead the Red Raider defense to a 35-0 shutout of Briar Cliff by contributing three solo and four assist tackles.  He also had 3.5 tackles for loss, an interception, and two pass breakups.  His interception was returned 19 yards for a touchdown and he also posted three quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.  Northwestern, now 7-1 and ranked 10th in the NAIA, will play at 2nd ranked Sioux Falls (7-0) next Saturday in a Noon game.