Montana Tech sophomore linebacker Mike Touzinsky was named the Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.
Touzinsky played a key role in Tech’s 24-6 win over Rocky Mountain College Saturday in Billings.
This week marks the second straight in which an Oredigger earned a Frontier honor. Last week, Tech quarterback Nick Baker was named the top offensive player, while punter Travis Farewell was the top special teams player.
Following is a rundown of all the Frontier honors for this week.
Offensive Player of the Week: Derek Lear, Montana State-Northern, 6-foot, 185-pound junior quarterback from Fairfield, Mont. He was also selected the NAIA National Player of the Week. In Northern’s 46-39 victory over Montana Western, Lear was 32 of 45 passing for 532 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries. He set school records for touchdown passes in a game, passing yards in game and total yards in game. His 606 yards is also an NAIA single game best. Other players nominated: Manny Barragan of Southern Oregon, Jeff Logan of Montana Western, Ben Ray of Rocky Mountain and Dakota Stonehouse of Carroll College.
Defensive Player of the Week: Mike Touzinsky, Montana Tech, 6-foot-2, 212-pound sophomore linebacker, from Temecula, Calif. In No. 17 Montana Tech’s 24-6 victory over No. 22 Rocky Mountain, Touzinsky had 12 solo tackles, one assisted tackle, four tackles for losses of 16 yards, two quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass break up. Also nominated: Travis Bertelson of Rocky Mountain, Sean Blomquist of Carroll College and Juwuan Brown of Southern Oregon.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Tom Yaremko, Carroll College, 6-foot, 205-pound senior kicker; Happy Valley, Ore. In No.11 Carroll College’s 28-7 win over No. 8 Eastern Oregon, Yaremko had five punts for 209 yards including one for 51 yards. He averaged 41.8 yards per punt. He had 324 yards of kick off yards including a 65-yarder. Also nominated Paul Blakely of Eastern Oregon, Patrick Donahue of Southern Oregon and Nick Knell of Rocky Mountain.
Niurka Toribio of Lewis-Clark State was named Frontier Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. Toribio is a 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Lewis-Clark stayed unbeaten in conference play with wins over a 3-2 road win over Rocky Mountain College. Nicholas averaged five kills per set with an attack percentage of .302. She averaged 2.40 digs and .60 aces. Also nominated: Anna Dewald of Rocky Mountain College, Hillary Isleifson of MSU-Northern, Ashley Marchant of Westminster College, Alyssa McEwan of the University of Great Falls, Charelle Minor of Montana Western and Kathleen Muligan of Carroll College.
Men’s Cross Country
Dave Marks of Lewis-Clark Statewas named Frontier Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Marks is a senior from Lake Oswego, Ore. At the Erik Anderson Invitational, marks finished third out of 164 runners in the five mile. His time was 24:42. Also nominated, Riley Ruppenthal of Rocky Mountain College.
Women’s Cross Country
For the third week in a row, Rhianna Grossman of Carroll College was named Frontier Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Grossman is a junior from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. At the Erik Anderson Invitational, Grossman placed third overall. Her time was 17:59, 29 seconds faster than any other Frontier Conference runner. Also nominated, Rachael Hart of Rocky Mountain College and Kelsey Klettke of Lewis-Clark State.
Oliver Gore and Taylor Ita of Rocky Mountain College were named Frontier Conference Men’s Soccer Players of the Week. Gore, a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Stafford, England, was named Offensive Player of the Week. The Bears won two matches over the week. Rocky downed South Dakota Mines 5-0 and Trinity Lutheran 1-0. For the week, Gore had three goals and one assist for a total of eight points. Also nominated: Miguel Mendez of the University of Great Falls.
Ita, a 5-foot-11 senior defender from Havre, Mont., was named Defensive Player of the Week. The Bears won two matches over the week with wins over South Dakota Mines 5-0 and Trinity Lutheran 1-0. Ita led the Bears’ defense in both wins. Also nominated: Jose Duran of the University of Great Falls.
Dayna Winter-Nolte and Jaime Nelson of Westminster College were named Frontier Conference Women’s Soccer Players of the Week. Winter-Nolte a senior goal keeper from San Diego, Calif., was named Defensive Player of the Week. No. 20 Westminster College shutout Northwest of Washington 2-0 and edged Evergreen College 3-2.. Also nominated, Madi O’Dell of Carroll College. Nelson, a 5-f00t-4 midfielder from Sandy, Utah, was named Offensive Player of the week. No. 20 Westminster won two matches this past week. The Griffins shutout Northwest of Washington 2-0 and edged Evergreen College 3-2. Nelson assisted on both goals against Evergreen and then scored the game-winner.
— Frontier Conference Information