NAIA Football: The ninth installment of the 2011 NAIA National Football Players of the Week was announced on Monday by the national office. Cris Basch of Saint Mary (Kan.) was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week, Treyton Buresh of Midland (Neb.) was tabbed NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week and John van den Raadt of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) was selected as NAIA Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 24 – 30. These winners were chosen out of a pool of player of the week performers among 10 conferences and Independents.
Cris Basch, a 5-foot-11, 195 pound junior linebacker, was the defensive difference-maker in the Spires’ 34-31 win over McPherson (Kan.) on Oct. 29. He finished with 12 tackles (7 solo), including 2.0 tackles-for-a-loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He returned one pick for a 30-yard touchdown that put Saint Mary on the board in the first quarter. His other interception led to a score by the Spires offense. The native of Las Vegas, N.V., ranks third in the NAIA in tackles-for-loss (19.5) and 10th in tackles per game (10.1).
Treyton Buresh, a 5-foot-6, 165 pound sophomore kicker, broke a school record in the 29-3 victory over Concordia (Neb.) on Saturday. The native of Lincoln, Neb., connected on a school-best five field goals, which shattered the previous mark of three. Two of his kicks were from 35-plus yards out, including a 42-yarder to cap off the scoring in the fourth quarter. Those field goals were his first on the season as he is now 5-of-6 in that category.
John van den Raadt, a 6-foot-3, 210 pound senior quarterback, accumulated 388 yards of total offense and scored four touchdowns in the 51-28 win over Southern Oregon on Saturday. In the passing game, he went 14-of-26 for 216 yards and two scores. He complemented that effort with 172 rushing yards on 19 carries (9.1 ypc) and two touchdowns. van den Raadt led his squad to 512 yards of total offense. He ranks fourth in the NAIA in rushing yards per game (107.9) and fifth in total offense (2,381 yards). The native of Mira Loma, Calif., set Azusa Pacific’s career completions record (501) over his four-year ledger.
NAIA Men’s Soccer: The ninth installment of the 2011 NAIA National Men’s Soccer Players of the Week were announced on Tuesday by the national office: Deshorn Brown of Mobile (Ala.) was named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week and Greg Hartley of Belhaven (Miss.) was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week. They were selected based on their performances from Oct. 24 – 30 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Deshorn Brown, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward, posted five goals for 10 points in two victories last week. The native of Manchester, Jamaica, notched two scores in the 4-0 win over No. 12 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Oct. 25. The match was a battle of the top-two teams in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). The four goals allowed tied the highest amount given up by a Senator defense this year. Brown followed that effort with a hat trick in the 5-0 triumph over Spring Hill (Ala.) on Oct. 29. He ranks first in the NAIA in total goals (29) and total points (60).
Greg Hartley, a 6-foot junior goalkeeper, allowed only one goal and made 12 saves in a pair of SSAC road victories last week. He finished with eight saves in the 3-0 victory at Faulkner (Ala.) on Oct. 25 and then compiled four saves in the 2-1 win at No. 7 William Carey (Miss.) on Oct. 29. Thanks to the efforts of Hartley, William Carey scored one goal for just the fourth time this season (in 17 matches). In the NAIA rankings, the native of Manchester, England, is sixth in goals against average (0.540).