Paris Woods and Ja'vonte Johnson have been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 13 football team for their accomplishments this season. Several other Spartans received Minnesota College Athletic Conference honors.
Woods, a sophomore from Brooklyn Park, was third in the nation in receiving yards per game at 123 and seventh nationally in touchdown receptions with 14. He had 60 receptions for 1,104 yards for an average of 18.5 yards per reception.
Johnson ranked 14th nationally with 237 yards per game and 2,369 yards on the season. He threw 24 touchdowns passes and ran for three touchdowns.
The Spartans also placed five football players on the MCAC Southern Division 1st team. Spartan Coach Steve King was named the Southern Division coach of the year by his peers.
1st Team All-MCAC Southern Division
Name Position Hometown Year
Paris Woods WR Brooklyn Park, MN SO
Ja'vonte Johnson QB New Iberia, LA FR
Joel Harrison OL/DL Morris, MN SO
Lakeem Johnson WR Minneapolis, MN FR
Anthony Atonio DL Kodiak, AK SO
2nd Team All MCAC Southern Division
Jesse Vanilau QB/WR Anchorage, AK SO
Breun Crenshaw DL Del Valle, TX SO
Austin Brouilette TE St. Michael, MN SO
AJ Francis SS Champlin, MN SO
Kali Louis CB Omaha, NE SO
Honorable Mention All MCAC Southern Division
Quintin Riley DE/LB Colorado Springs, CO SO
Justin Clark FS Del Valle, TX FR
Taylor Tennor OL Fergus Falls, MN FR
Sophomore wide receiver and return specialist Paris Woods received Minnesota College Athletic Conference Southern Division Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his performance against Vermillion Community College on Oct. 17.
Woods, a sophomore from Brooklyn Park and graduate of Champlin Park High School, had three kickoff returns for a total of 150 yards. He started the Spartans' big rally on the opening kickoff of the second half with a 90-yard return for a touchdown. Woods also caught seven passes for 150 yards. For the year he has 52 catches for 898 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with his 13 kickoff returns for 352 yards.
The Spartans will host their first playoff game in 20 years at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, against Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.
Sept. 9, 2014
M State Spartan kicker Brady Hansen was named the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Southern Division Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's contest against Dakota College - Bottineau.
Hansen averaged 45 yards a punt on six punts, including one of 65 yards, and pinned Bottineau deep in their own territory three times. For the season's first three games, Hansen is averaging more than 40 yards a punt.
Hansen, who also plays quarterback and is in his first year of football for the Spartans, is a graduate of Fergus Falls High School. He played baseball for the Spartans in 2013 and will play again this year.
Feb. 25, 2014
Parkers Prairie High School senior Quentin Uran has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend M State and play football for the Spartans. Quentin, the son of Rodney and Jodi Uran, played running back and linebacker for the Prairie Valley Nighthawks.
Nighthawk head coach John Sieling had this to say about Quentin: "Quentin is an excellent football player, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He was the North Star Conference West Defensive Player of the Year. Good leader, great attitude, hard worker, and he will be a good addition to the Spartan roster." Uran, a four-time letter winner in football, is 5-11 and weighs 190 pounds. Along with being the Defensive Player of the Year, he was also named to the All-Conference team his junior and senior years.
"We are very happy to have Quentin join our program," said Steve King, head coach of the Spartans. "Not only is he an outstanding football player, but he is a high character person with the commitment to academics we are looking for. Quentin has a strong work ethic and very good leadership skills, which are the keys to success on and off the field. We plan to use him at a linebacker position and expect him to contribute immediately."
The Spartans play in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and play all their home athletic contests on the Fergus Falls campus.
February 24, 2014
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School senior James Boogaard has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls and participate in football. Boogaard, a 6'1, 240-pound offensive linemen and two-year starter for the Jaguars, will play offensive line for the M State Spartans.
BBE head football coach Chris Moscho said, "James had a great career at BBE He was an anchor on the offensive line and played defense during critical games for us. He was a student of the game and plays with a lot of passion. In the two years he started, we had 15 wins and seven losses in a tough CMC conference and lost both years in the section championship. James' hard work on and off the field will help him play at the next level."
"James is not only a very good football player, but he is also an excellent student," said Steve King, head coach of the Spartans. "He is a high-character young man and has a very good work ethic. He also has the leadership abilities on and off the field that are critical at the community college level. He fills a need for us on the offensive line, and we expect him to contribute immediately. We are very happy he is going to attend our college and play football for the Spartans."
The Spartans are in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and play all their home athletic contests on the Fergus Falls campus.
February 20, 2014
Ashby senior Gage Olson, son of Thomas and Samantha Olson, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Olson will join teammate Blake Ohren on the football field this fall as the Spartans continue to have a very good local recruiting year.
"This is great for our college and our football program," said Steve King, head football coach of the Spartans. "We take great pride in our local recruiting efforts, and it important that we continue to bring in quality student athletes. Gage is a high-character individual and a solid student. He is a leader and carries himself very well on and off the field. We are very happy that he has chosen to attend our college and play football for the Spartans."
Olson is 5'11 and 225 pounds, and he excelled on both sides of the ball. He was named All Conference in 2012 and 2013. He also received the Barnabbas Award, awarded to the player who shows his teammates encouragement on and off the football field.
Ashby head football coach Jeff Risbrudt had this to say about Olson signing with the Spartans. "The Ashby community and the Ashby football team is very excited to see Gage sign with M State. It will be fun to watch him play for Coach King at the next level. Gage is now reaping the benefits of hard work in the off-season and being a leader on and off the football field."
Olson had 418 rushing yards on 111 attempts and scored two touchdowns. He also had 28 receptions for 502 yards and another four touchdowns. He was also a force on the defensive side of the ball, recording 57 tackles with one interception and one fumble recovery.
"We expect Gage to contribute to our program immediately," added King. "He is a very versatile athlete who can play a number of positions. We know he works extremely hard and is a smart football player, and that means playing time. We need to keep recruiting people like Gage and Blake. With the others we have coming in and current student athletes on campus, we are excited about the future of the Spartan football program."
Feb. 7, 2014
Blake Ohren, senior quarterback from Ashby and son of Terry and Teresa Ohren, has decided to stay close to home and play football for the M State Spartans. This kicks off what the Spartans feel will be a strong local recruiting class. "We always try to stay as local as possible with our recruiting, so we are very happy to have Blake decide to be a student athlete at M State next year," said Steve King, head coach of the Spartans. "He is an excellent athlete, and we expect him to be on the field immediately and contribute to a winning team."
Ohren has a long list of academic awards to go along with his athletic achievements. He has been an A and B Honor Roll student, Spotlight on Scholar student and also was awarded the Excel Award.
Arrows head football coach Jeff Risbrudt had this to say about Blake: "The Ashby community is very proud of Blake's accomplishments on and off the field over the past four years. We are extremely excited to be able to watch him play for Coach King and the Spartan football team. He is a great athlete, a great leader, a great person and it will be fun to watch him play at the next level."
At 6-3 and 200 pounds, Ohren has made an impact athletically in the area for the past three years. This year his football accomplishments include being named Honorable Mention All State, All Section and All Conference. He was also named All Section and All Conference in previous years. "Blake has been on our radar for some time now," said King. "He brings great athleticism and very good leadership to our program. He has a commitment to academic and athletic success and is a high-character person. We think he will be an impact player in our conference."
Ohren passed for close to 1,400 yards this past season and threw 15 touchdown passes. He also ran for 670 yards and scored six touchdowns. Blake also is an outstanding basketball player and recently became Ashby's all-time scoring leader.
Hayden Zenner has been selected to the Region 13 first team and Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) first team All Division for the Southern Division. He is joined by three teammates on the first team. The other first team selection were wide receivers Austin Steege and Paris Woods, and offensive lineman Joel Harrison. Five players were selected to the MCAC Southern Division team second team and three were named honorable mention.
Zenner, a 6'0 - 220 pound sophomore from Fergus Falls, rushed for over 650 yards and scored six touchdowns. Zenner's best day as a Spartan came in his final game when he rushed for 257 yards and scored three touchdowns against Itasca Community College.
The 6'1 - 190 pound Woods was the Spartans leading receiver. He caught 26 passes for 328 yards and had four touchdown receptions. Woods is a freshman from Champlain Park. Joining him as a receiver is Austin Steege. Steege is a sophomore from Hancock and 23 receptions for 203 yards. Both of these players were recognized as outstanding blockers as well as special team players.
Harrison is a freshman from Morris. At 6'2 and 240 pounds, he was not the biggest lineman in the conference but was recognized for his ability to finish blocks.
Receiving second team Southern Division recognition were the following players: Sophomore 5'10, 190 lb linebacker, Brock Sweere from Wheaton and Sophomore 5'9, 180 lb defensive back, JoshWilson from Monticello.
Spartan football player Hayden Zenner was named Southern Division Offensive Player of the Week for his performance Thursday, Oct. 17, in Grand Rapids as the Spartans defeated the Itasca Community College Vikings 35-8. Zenner had 257 yards on 21 carries (12.2 yards per carry) and touchdown runs of 2 yards, 27 yards and 76 yards. He also punted six times for an average of 35 yards. Hayden is a 2012 graduate of Fergus Falls High School and a sophomore at M State - Fergus Falls Campus.
Eight members of the football team at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls have been recognized as Academic Award Winners by the Minnesota College Athletic Conference for fall semester. Athletes earn MCAC academic recognition if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better at the end of the semester that includes the majority of their sports season and they complete a minimum of 12 credits during the semester.
Brandon Hiltner, a sophomore defensive back from Albany, Minn.
Logan Connelly, a freshman wide receiver from Benson, Minn.
Luke Schwarz, a freshman wide receiver from Benson, Minn.
Chase Johansen, a freshman defensive lineman from Fergus Falls
Tim Borowski, a sophomore tight end from Fergus Falls
Jordan Mold, a freshman tight end from North Branch, Minn.
Wendlin Berger, a freshman defensive back from Stanton, N.D.
Brock Sweere, a freshman linebacker from Wheaton, Minn.
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