MIAC announces 2019 Football Awards

Parks | Bartch | Fasching
St. Thomas' Josh Parks (left), Saint John's Ben Bartch (middle) and Gary Fasching (right) received top individual honors.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football season concluded earlier this month and on Tuesday, the conference recognized the top performers from another outstanding campaign with the announcement of the 2019 MIAC Football Awards.

St. Thomas running back Josh Parks earned the conference's top prize, being named Jim Christopherson Player of the Year, while Saint John's offensive tackle Ben Bartch was recognized as the most outstanding lineman in the league, receiving the Mike Stam Award. Saint John's head coach Gary Fasching was honored by his peers with the John Gagliardi Coach of the Year.

Parks (Sr. | Chisago City, Minn. | Chisago Lakes) received Jim Christopherson Player of the Year honors after rushing 142 times for 1,075 yards and 15 touchdowns in seven conference games this fall, passing the century mark in every league game he played in 2019. He was also dynamic as a receiver, hauling in 11 passes for 214 yards and three scores. He finished his stellar career as the Tommies' all-time leading rusher (4,180 total rushing yards) and scorer (60 total touchdowns), with his career touchdown mark ranking second only to former Saint John's wide receiver Blake Elliott (78 total touchdowns) among MIAC competitors. Parks also set new MIAC records with 19 career 100-yard rushing games and 45 career rushing touchdowns in conference play. He is the fifth Tommie in recorded MIAC history to receive Jim Christopherson Player of the Year honors and the first since former teammate Alex Fenske in 2016. The award was renamed in honor of former Concordia player and longtime coach Jim Christopherson in 2001.

Bartch (Sr. | Dayton, Ore. | Blanchet Catholic) was named the Mike Stam Award winner as the league's top lineman. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder has started each of the Johnnies' last 24 games at left tackle after playing his first two seasons in Collegeville at tight end. His combination of size and athleticism earned him an invitation to the 2020 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and his commitment to academics and the community landed him on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, where he will be honored at the 2020 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Bartch helped pave the way for Saint John's MIAC-leading 563.3 yards of total offense per game this season while protecting the blindside of three-time First Team All-MIAC quarterback and reigning Gagliardi Trophy winner Jackson Erdmann. The Mike Stam Award was created in 1990 in memory of the former Carleton All-MIAC defensive lineman who died in a snowmobiling accident after his junior season.

Fasching received his third consecutive John Gagliardi Coach of the Year honor and the fourth of his career after guiding the Johnnies to a 7-1 record in conference play and the program's 34th MIAC championship. Saint John's share of the 2019 conference crown also earned the Johnnies a sixth straight trip to the NCAA Football Playoffs, tying a school record set by Gagliardi's teams from 1998-2003. A former MIAC student-athlete himself, Fasching was a three-year starter at linebacker for Gagliardi's Johnnies before spending 17 years as an assistant on the legendary coach's SJU staff. The MIAC Coach of the Year Award was renamed in honor of Gagliardi - college football's all-time wins leader - in 2013.

In addition to individual honors, the MIAC also announced First Team, Second Team, and honorable mention All-Conference selections, as well as the members of the 14th annual MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Thirty-seven players were honored with First Team All-MIAC distinction. The honorees included 23 seniors, 10 juniors, and four sophomores. Saint John's led all teams with 11 honorees, followed by St. Thomas with nine, Gustavus with six, Concordia with five, Bethel with four, and Augsburg and St. Olaf each with one.

Concordia's Alex Berg joined Saint John's Jackson Erdmann and Dan Greenheck and St. Thomas' Elijah Rice as three-time First Team All-MIAC selections, while five more players - Bethel's Jack Fiedler, Gustavus' Brayton Finch, Saint John's Danny Pietruszewski, and St. Olaf's Khayleb Willis and Anthony DeBella - received First or Second Team All-MIAC distinction for the third time in their careers.

Fourteen players picked up First or Second Team honors for the second time, including: Augsburg's Derek Glynn; Bethel's Jaran RosteSam Gibas, and Drew Larsen; Carleton's Travis Brown; Gustavus' Michael Veldman and Brice Panning; Saint John's Kai BarberBen Bartch, and Nick Neumann; and St. Thomas' Luke SwensonTyler Knutson, and Tom Loeffler.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the 14th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for football. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.


2019 MIAC Football Awards

Jim Christopherson MIAC Player of the Year – Josh Parks | RB | St. Thomas (Sr. | Chisago City, Minn. | Chisago Lakes)

Mike Stam Award – Ben Bartch | OL | Saint John's (Sr. | Dayton, Ore. | Blanchet Catholic)

John Gagliardi MIAC Football Coach of the Year – Gary Fasching | Saint John's (7th Season)


 2019 MIAC First Team Offense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
QB Jackson Erdmann Saint John's Sr. Rosemount, Minn. 2017 (1T) | 2018 (1T)
QB Michael Veldman Gustavus Jr. Becker, Minn. 2018 (1T)
RB Kai Barber Saint John's Sr. Minneapolis, Minn. | Totino-Grace 2018 (2T)
RB Josh Parks St. Thomas Sr. Chisago City, Minn. | Chisago Lakes 2018 (1T)
WR Ravi Alston Saint John's So. Lake Elsinore, Calif. | Vista Murrieta --
WR Josh Kirk Gustavus Sr. Garvin, Minn. | Tracy Area 2018 (HM)
WR Brice Panning Gustavus Sr. Hamburg, Minn. | Central 2018 (1T)
TE Brayton Finch Gustavus Sr. Mount Morris, Ill. | Oregon 2017 (2T) | 2018 (1T)
OL Ben Bartch Saint John's Sr. Dayton, Ore. | Blanchet Catholic   2018 (2T)
OL Anthony DeBella St. Olaf Sr. Naples, Fla. | Saint John Neumann 2017 (2T) | 2018 (1T)
OL Jack Fiedler Bethel Jr. St. Michael, Minn. | St. Michael-Albertville 2017 (2T) | 2018 (1T)
OL Dan Greenheck Saint John's Sr. St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall   2017 (1T) | 2018 (1T)
OL Nick Neumann Saint John's Jr. Inver Grove Heights, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall 2018 (1T)
OL Elijah Rice St. Thomas Sr. St. Michael, Minn. | St. Michael-Albertville 2017 (1T) | 2018 (1T)
OL Hans Solberg Concordia Sr. Jordan, Minn. --
OL Eli Wawracz St. Thomas Jr. Lakeville, Minn. | North --
OL Matt Weimann St. Thomas So. Oakdale, Minn. | Hill-Murray --

 2019 MIAC First Team Defense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
DL Zachary Jakes Gustavus So. Mankato, Minn. | West --
DL John Sfire Bethel Jr. Barrington, Ill. | Carmel Catholic --
DL Luke Swenson St. Thomas Sr. Shoreview, Minn. | Mounds View 2018 (1T)
DL Mykal Tuiolosega-Siufanua Concordia Jr. Faleniu, American Samoa | Juan Diego (Utah) --
DL J.W. Windsor Saint John's Sr. Mesa, Ariz. | Chandler --
ILB Alex Berg Concordia Sr. Moorhead, Minn. | Fargo Shanley 2016 (1T) | 2017 (1T)
ILB Richard Carriveau Saint John's Sr. Rice, Minn. | Sauk Rapids-Rice --
ILB Mike Delich Bethel So. Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview --
ILB Derek Glynn Augsburg Sr. Lonsdale, Minn. | Faribault 2017 (HM) | 2018 (2T)
ILB Alex Taylor St. Thomas Sr. Glenbard, Ill. | North --
OLB Willie Julkes III Concordia Sr. Mesa, Ariz. | Desert Ridge --
OLB Danny Pietruszewski Saint John's Jr. South St. Paul, Minn. 2017 (2T) | 2018 (1T)
CB Chris Harris Saint John's Sr. Lake Elsinore, Calif. | Elsinore --
CB Joe Hird St. Thomas Jr. Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson --
CB Kaleb Scott Gustavus Jr. Gardena, Calif. | Verbum Dei --
S Cale Ferrin Bethel Sr. Morrison, Colo. | Dakota Ridge 2017 (HM) | 2018 (HM)
S Ryan LaCasse Saint John's Sr. Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 2018 (HM)

 2019 MIAC First Team Specialists
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
K Tyler Knutson St. Thomas Sr. Maple Grove, Minn. 2018 (1T)
P Alex Berg Concordia Sr. Moorhead, Minn. | Fargo Shanley -- (3-time selection at LB)
RET Tom Loeffler St. Thomas Jr. Victoria, Minn. | Chanhassen 2018 (1T)

 2019 MIAC Second Team Offense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
QB Jaran Roste Bethel So. Alexandria, Minn. | Jefferson 2018 (2T)
RB Sam Gibas Bethel Jr. Elk River, Minn. 2018 (2T)
RB Khayleb Willis St. Olaf Sr. Deltona, Fla. 2017 (2T) | 2018 (1T)
WR Gabe Green St. Thomas Sr. Springfield, Ill. | Sacred Heart Griffin 2017 (HM) | 2018 (HM)
WR T.J. Hodge Saint John's So. Miami, Fla. | Doral Academy --
WR Mack Journell Carleton Sr. Stevens Point, Wis. --
WR Drew Larsen Bethel Sr. White Bear Lake, Minn. 2018 (2T)
WR Triston Thomas Hamline So. Kissimmee, Fla. | Gateway --
TE Isaac Coutier St. Olaf So. Minneapolis, Minn. | Kennedy --
OL Aaron Austin Augsburg Sr. Red Wing, Minn. | Goodhue 2018 (HM)
OL Gunnar Johnson Gustavus Jr. St. Cloud, Minn. | Tech --
OL Danny Munoz Bethel Jr. Monticello, Minn. --

 2019 MIAC Second Team Defense
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
DL Jordan Bartholomew St. Olaf Jr. Kilkenny, Minn. | Tri-City United 2018 (HM)
DL Levi Duininck Bethel Sr. Tulsa, Okla. | Lincoln --
DL Nick Jensen Saint John's Sr. Sartell, Minn. | Sartell-St. Stephen --
DL Jake Levahn St. Thomas Jr. Blaine, Minn. | Spring Lake Park 2018 (HM)
ILB Jake Boykin Gustavus Sr. Las Cruces, N.M. | Centennial   --
ILB Sam Michel Concordia Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. | Barry Goldwater 2018 (HM)
OLB Avery Bachman Gustavus Sr. St. Peter, Minn. --
OLB Jack Foley St. Thomas Sr. Edina, Minn. --
OLB Parker Hlavacek St. Thomas Sr. Plymouth, Minn. | Wayzata --
CB Tavian Swanson Bethel Jr. Burlington, Wash. | Burlington-Edison --
S Travis Brown Carleton Jr. St. Michael, Minn. | St. Michael-Albertville 2018 (2T)
S Nick Raddatz St. Thomas Sr. Prior Lake, Minn. --

 2019 MIAC Second Team Specialists
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
K Ethan March St. Olaf So. Woodbury, Minn. | East Ridge --
P Noah Johnson St. Olaf So. Northfield, Minn. --
RET Le'Andre Benion Augsburg Sr. Roseville, Minn. --

 2019 MIAC Honorable Mention
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
QB Tommy Dolan St. Thomas Jr. St. Paul, Minn. | St. Thomas Academy   --
QB Quinn Frisell Augsburg Sr. Plymouth, Minn. | Robbinsdale Armstrong 2017 (HM)
QB Blake Kragnes Concordia Sr. Dilworth, Minn. | Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 2017 (HM)
RB Quran Al-Hameed Augsburg Jr. Woodbury, Minn. --
RB Sid Boros Bethel So. Becker, Minn. --
WR Tanner Lunceford Hamline Jr. Plymouth, Minn. | Osseo --
WR Emanual Williams Carleton Sr. Lovelady, Texas 2017 (HM)
TE Zach Bennett St. Thomas Jr. Woodbury, Minn. | East Ridge --
OL Alex Burns St. Olaf Sr. Montgomery, Minn. | Tri-City United --
OL Brandon Decker Hamline Sr. Anthem, Ariz. | Boulder Creek --
OL Blake Sikes Gustavus Sr. Valrico, Fla. | Newsome 2018 (2T)
OL Eric Stadelman Carleton Sr. Davenport, Iowa | Bittendorf 2018 (HM)
DL Kyle Borgeson Saint John's Sr. Rochester, Minn. | Lourdes --
DL Zeke Erickson Gustavus Sr. Clarks Grove, Minn. | NRHEG 2018 (HM)
DL Leo Ferreira St. Olaf Sr. Orlando, Fla. | Freedom 2017 (HM)
DL Shaquille Young Augsburg Fy. St. Paul, Minn. | Tartan --
ILB Peter Hagstrom Carleton Sr. Shakopee, Minn. --
ILB Sam Herriges St. Thomas Sr. Sussex, Wis. | Hamilton   --
ILB Alex Sais Saint John's Sr. Los Lunas, N.M. | St. Pius X   --
ILB Monty Stenroos Hamline Sr. Prescott, Wis. --
OLB James Inman Saint John's Sr. Bismarck, N.D. | Shiloh Christian --
OLB Kyle Peach Bethel Sr. Prescott, Ariz. --
CB Ethan Eagerton Concordia Sr. Tucson, Ariz. | Empire 2017 (2T)
CB Matthew Montplaisir Gustavus Sr. Buffalo, Minn. --
S Matt Feldick Bethel So. St. Michael, Minn. | St. Michael-Albertville --
S Maison Grefe Concordia Sr. Cold Spring, Minn. | ROCORI --
S Max Karpinske St. Olaf Sr. Polk City, Iowa | North Polk --

 2019 MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School
LB Lorenzo Hernandez Augsburg Sr. New Ulm, Minn.
CB Riley McCann Bethel Sr. Roseville, Minn.
WR Fletcher Metz Carleton Sr. Oconomowoc, Wis. | Catholic Memorial
WR Matt Bye Concordia Sr. Moorhead, Minn.
DB Jake Krull Gustavus Sr. Plymouth, Minn. | Wayzata
QB Manny Moton Hamline Sr. Lithonia, Ga. | Arabia Mountain
WR Andrew VanErp Saint John's Sr. Battle Lake, Minn. | Ottertail Central
LB Shiloh Goodwin St. Olaf Sr. New Richmond, Wis. | St. Croix Central
RB Stephen Wagner St. Thomas Sr. Stillwater, Minn.