Western's Koenen first-team choice both ways on GNAC all-star team
Nov. 8, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Michael Koenen (Sr., Ferndale) was a first-team pick as both a punter and placekicker, heading 12 Western Washington University players named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star football team announced today.
Koenen, who set Northwest small college, league and school records with 272 career kick scoring points, was a unanimous pick as a placekicker, being named for the fourth straight year. He broke his own GNAC single-season records for both extra point percentage (40-41, .976) and field goal percentage (12-17, .706). Koenen, who also was a first-team all-league punter in 2002, led the GNAC with a 43.5 average (37 kicks for 1,608 yards).
Koenen made 43-of-74 field goal attempts and 143-of-150 point after touchdown tries during his four-year career. His 43.1 career punting average ranks second among Northwest small college leaders.
In all, five Vikings were unanimous choices. Completing that group were running back Duncan Sherrard (Jr., Seattle/Roosevelt), who was named for the third straight year; wide receiver Andy Olson (Jr., Chehalis/W.F. West), strong safety Rob White (Sr., Woodinville/Inglemoor), and offensive center Loren Winter (Jr., Bothell/Juanita). Olson, White and tight end Rick Carte (Sr., Juneau, AK/Juneau-Douglas) also were repeat picks.
Olson broke his own GNAC single-season mark for receiving yards per game (107.5 avg.) and tied the league record for touchdown receptions with a school-best 15. He also has a school and league-record string of nine consecutive games with a touchdown catch, which he takes into next season. Olson finished with 68 catches for 1,075 yards.
Sherrard ran for a team-high 811 yards (5.0 apc) and scored five touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown.
White finished second among Western tackle leaders with 71 after leading the team the past two years. He also was the team leader in pass breakups with six, and tied for the lead in interceptions with three.
Carte caught 19 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns.
Rounding out the eight first-team picks for Western, which finished 6-4 and tied for second in the GNAC (3-3), was quarterback Steve Nichols (Sr., Stevenson).
Nichols led the GNAC in passing (254.7) and total offense (263.8), setting a school record with a 63.7 pass completion percentage. He completed 181-of-284 passes for 2,292 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Five Vikings received second-team recognition, led by Olson as a punt returner, who averaged 11.5 yards on 14 attempts.
Another Western receiver, Chris Robinson (Lakewood/Clover Park), was named GNAC Freshman-of-the-Year. Robinson ranked sixth in the GNAC in receiving with 40 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns.
Rounding out Western's second-team picks were offensive guard Todd Gowing (Sr., Kirkland/Inglemoor), middle linebacker Craig Keenan (Jr., Salem, MA), defensive tackle Noel Tafoya (Jr., Pittsburg, CA), and cornerback Sly Whitfield, Jr. (So., Seattle/Garfield).
Keenan led the team in tackles with 85, 5.5 for loss. Tafoya had a team-high 9.5 tackles for losses of 29 yards, and Whitfield had 32 stops, five breakups and three interceptions.
Humboldt State wide receiver Dustin Creager and Central Washington defensive end Jacob Galloway were the GNAC Offensive and Defensive Players-of-the-Years, respectively.
John Zamberlin, who guided Central to a 7-4 record and its second title in the last three years, was named GNAC Coach-of-the-Year.
Creager caught a GNAC-record 88 passes for 1,036 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished his career as the No. 3 all-time receiver in NCAA Division II history with 293 catches and seventh in yards with 3,929.
Galloway, who is the fifth consecutive Central player to win the defensive award, led the league in tackles for losses (25.5), tackles for loss yards (125), quarterback sacks (14.5), quarterback sack yardage (98) and forced fumbles (4), setting conference records in the four former categories and tying the record in the latter.
Humboldt State defensive back Christian Hodges was voted GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year. Hodges tied three others for the league lead in interceptions with four, and set a conference record for most yards per return (26.0).
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FOOTBALL: Creager, Galloway Top Players; Zamberlin Coach-of-the-Year
SPOKANE, Wash. - Humboldt State wide receiver Dustin Creager and Central Washington defensive end Jacob Galloway have been selected the Offensive and Defensive Players-of-the-Years, respectively, in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
John Zamberlin, who guided Central Washington to a 7-4 record and its second title in the last three years, was named the GNAC Coach-of-the-Year.
It is the third Coach-of-the-Year award for Zamberlin, who also won the award in 2002 and also in the Columbia Football Association in 1998. Zamberlin has a 49-34 record in eight seasons at CWU.Creager caught a GNAC-record 88 passes for 1,036 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished his career as the No. 3 all-time receiver in NCAA Division II history with 293 catches and seventh in yards with 3,929.
Galloway, who is the fifth CWU player in five years to win the defensive award, led the league in tackles for losses (25 ½), tackles for loss yards (125), quarterback sacks (14 ½), QB sack yardage (98) and forced fumbles (4), setting conference records in the four former categories and tying the record in the latter.
Defensive back Christian Hodges of Humboldt State and wide receiver Chris Robinson of Western Washington were voted the GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year and GNAC Freshman-of-the-Year, respectively. Hodges tied three others for the league lead in interceptions with four and set a conference record for most yards per return (26.0), while Robinson ranked sixth in the GNAC in receiving with 40 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns.
Central Washington earned nine spots on the first team, while Western Washington and Humboldt State each had eight. Western Oregon had four first-team selections.
Three players - CWU's Brian Potucek (wide receiver, punt returner), Western Washington's Michael Koenen (kicker, punter) and Humboldt's Kyle Killingsworth (defensive back, kick returner) - earned first team honors at two positions.
A total of 14 players were unanimous selections including CWU running back Emilio Iniguez, who led the conference in rushing with 1,306 yards.
Also earning unanimous honors were running back Duncan Sherrard of Western Washington; Creager, Potucek and GNAC scoring leader Andy Olson of Western Washington (15 touchdowns), all at wide receiver; offensive linemen Loren Winter of WWU and Evan Picton of CWU; Koenen at kicker; Galloway and CWU's Dustin Hawkins, both on the defensive line; CWU linebacker Blake Walker, and defensive backs Rob White of WWU, Hodges and Killingsworth.
Two players were named to the first team for the fourth year in a row - Walker and Koenen as a kicker. Earning first team honors for the third time were Sherrard, Picton and Hawkins.
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