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November 2012


  • St. Ambrose led the Midwest Collegiate Conference with 79 points to become a 2011-12 NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. A total of 221 institutions, including all seven in the MCC, received the prestigious award.
  •  Gridders Alex Berg, Andrew Friederich, Mike Munro and Steve Thomas were named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District 5 Football team. The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the playing field and in the classroom. Nominees must be starters or important reserves, sophomores or older, with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.  
  • The St. Ambrose men's and women's cross country teams advanced to the national meet for the first time in school history, each racing to the Midwest Collegiate Conference title on Nov. 3 at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. Paced by senior captain Tina Eden's 121st place overall finish at the NAIA national meet in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 17, the women finished 21st among 32 teams. The men posted a 27th place national finish while senior John Darmody placed 123rd in his final race for St. Ambrose. The conference meet championship sweep was the first since 1999 for SAU. The women last advanced as a team to the national meet in 1991.
  • The Fighting Bees football squad built a 28-17 halftime lead in the first NAIA playoff game at Brady Street Stadium since 2006 on Nov. 17, but a high-powered Southern Oregon offense raced away in the second half for 45-28 victory. The Bees ended their Mid-States Football Association Midwest Division-title-sharing season at 9-2. Junior quarterback Eric Williamson was named conference Offensive Player of the Year and Coach Mike Magistrelli won Coach of the Year. Freshman receiver Zach Grant finished among the national leaders in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He and Williamson were joined on the all-league team by running back Cole Kelly, offensive lineman Carl Meister, defensive lineman Sean Santiago and linebacker Jeremy Wallace. Six other Bees -- defensive backs Jordan Bell and Steve Thomas, tight end Andrew Freiderich, defensive linemen Steve Laski and Mike Tetlow and offensive lineman Dan Mahoney -- were named to the second team and a defensive linemen Ryne Diehl and Cory Price won honorable mention.
  • The Queen Bees volleyball squad finished the season with a 19-13 record after falling to No. 23 Viterbo in the conference tourney semifinals.
  • The SAU women's soccer team saw its season end in the semifinals of the Midwest Collegiate Conference tournament. The Queen Bees finished the year with a 10-6-2 record and placed three players - junior midfielder Ashley Dexter, senior midfielder Brianna Hunzeker and senior defender Kelly Schroeder - on the all-MCC first team. All-league honorable mention was earned by Allison Bevenue, Katie Fischetti, Morgan Lynn and Morgan Theisen. 
  •  The SAU men's soccer squad also finished the season with a 10-6-2 mark, falling in the league tourney opener. Senior midfielder Matt Kraciun was an MCC first-team pick. Charlie MacInnes, Tirelo Morake and Jared Winking were honorable mention picks.
  •  The men's basketball team left Friday to spend Thanksgiving week break in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Check out a "Support the Team" pre-playoff video put together by junior defensive back Jordan Bell

Read about how harrier Tanner Arntzen left a hospital bed to book a Bees trip to nationals by a stride 

Read how decorated senior runner John Darmody waited for his teammates to catch him

Here's a Quad-City Times story on QB Eric Williamson's record-setting season

The Q-C Times look at a state-bound debut season for Assumption volleyball coach Kyle Condon '11

Visit the St. Ambrose athletics website for all the Bees news

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