BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for football and hockey on Monday. Student-athletes from Concordia, Gustavus, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for October 29 - November 4, 2018.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Transitioning from the fall to winter seasons, team sports (football and hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Jr. | Wide Receiver
Hamburg, Minn. | Central
Brice Panning hauled in six catches for a career-high 158 yards as Gustavus nearly knocked off No. 7-ranked St. Thomas in a 14-13 loss over the weekend. Five of Panning's catches went for first downs, highlighted by three catches of 30-plus yards, including a career-long 58-yard reception.
MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
So. | Linebacker
Dan Johnson had three sacks and forced and recovered a fumble in the Cobbers' 21-10 win over St. Olaf on Saturday. Johnson sacked the quarterback, stripped the ball and then recovered the fumble on the Oles' very first possession, which led to Concordia's first score of the game. He ended up with four tackles for loss in the win.
MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
So. | Running Back
Fergus Falls, Minn.
Rylie Sheridan had the key swing play of Concordia's 21-10 win at St. Olaf. After the Oles scored to take the lead 10-7 midway through the third quarter, Sheridan received the kickoff and raced 95 yards for a touchdown to put Concordia back in the lead - a lead it would never relinquish. Sheridan's 95-yard kickoff return in the second-longest in school history and tied him for the school record with two career kickoff return scores.
MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Jr. | Forward
Forest Lake, Minn.
Brett Gravelle had a four-goal weekend in addition to a game-ending 3x3 shootout score to lead the No. 15-ranked Tommies in their series with Saint Mary's. Gravelle scored a goal and assisted on another in Friday's 3-3 tie before adding the 3x3 shootout-session score to secure an extra point in the MIAC standings for UST. On Saturday, his first collegiate hat track included two goals in the final 3:08. His second goal of the night tied the game at 3-3 and his empty-net score iced the victory.
MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Sr. | Goalie
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. | Willowbrook
Amanda DiNella eclipsed 50-plus saves for the second time in her career with a 51-stop performance against No. 9-ranked Wis.-Eau Claire on Saturday. The Gusties were outshot 53-21 on the night and DiNella logged a save percentage of .962 on the night to help Gustavus tie the Blugolds, 2-2.