2014 Lorian Sports Awards: Voting is Open!

2014 Lorian Sports Awards: Voting is Open!

Lorian Sports Awards

Welcome to the official voting page for the first annual Lorian Sports Awards! It’s time for you to decide which of your fellow Duhawks deserve special recognition (and a crudely designed certificate) for their athletic achievements during the 2013-2014 school year. Voting is open from April 29 through May 6 and you can vote once per day. Winners will be named in the final issue of the Lorian. Let’s go!

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— Men’s Athlete of the Year —

dan_figura_487_msoDan Figura
Year: Senior
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Position: Defender
Statistics: 23 games, 1 goal, 2 assists
Accomplishments: Figura was a key player on the Duhawks’ defense which led the conference with the fewest goals allowed per game. He was a first-team All-American, named to the All-Iowa Conference first-team and named Division III Defender of the Year.

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kevin_cavers_487_msoKevin Cavers
Year: Senior
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Position: Midfielder
Statistics: 19 games, 2 goals, 8 assists
Accomplishments: Cavers won the Iowa Conference MVP for the second consecutive year. He led the team assists and both of his two goals on the season were game-winners. He was named a first-team All-American and named to the first-team All-Iowa Conference team.

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james_buss_487_mweJames Buss
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Wrestling
Weight Class: Heavyweight
Statistics: 31-3 record overall
Accomplishments: Buss became Loras’ first National Champion since 1997. He was named Iowa Conference MVP and was a leader on a Duhawks squad that finished ranked No. 14 in the nation.

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nathaniel_smith_487_mb3Nathaniel Smith
Year: Junior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard
Statistics: 26 games, 29.5 minutes/game, 11.6 points/game, 4.4 rebounds/game, 3.4 assists/game, 0.96 steals/game
Accomplishments: Smith played a key role on a Duhawks team that finished third in the Iowa Conference and 15-11 overall. He affected games in several different ways: he lead the team in assists; he was second on the team in scoring, free throw percentage and blocks; and he was also third in steals and fourth in rebounds. In the Iowa Conference, he ranked third in assists and second in assist-to-turnover ratio. Smith was named second team All-Iowa Conference for the second consecutive year.

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nate_carrier_487_mfbNate Carrier
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Football
Position: Running Back
Statistics: 10 games, 169 rushes, 629 yards, 3.7 yards/attempt, 3 touchdowns, 11 receptions, 43 receiving yards
Accomplishments: Carrier led the Duhawks in rushing for the second consecutive year. His 629 yards put him at seventh in the Iowa Conference. After two years, Carrier has accumulated a total of 1,839 yards on the ground and 1,968 all-purpose yards.

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— Women’s Athlete of the Year —

kinsey_campbell_487_wsoKinsey Campbell
Year: Senior
Sport: Women’s Soccer
Position: Defender
Statistics: 3 assists
Accomplishments: Campbell was named a Division III third-team All-American, making this the second consecutive year she’s received All-American honors. She was also named a first-team all-conference defender. She played a key role on a Duhawk team that allowed only five goals to conference opponents and 1.02 goals per game overall.

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katie_truesdale_487_wsoKatie Truesdale
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Women’s Soccer
Position: Forward
Statistics: 23 games, 15 goals, 5 assists
Accomplishments: Truesdale led the Duhawks in goals and points, finishing third in the conference in both categories. She also finished in a tie for first in the conference with five game-winning goals. Truesdale was named to the first-team all-conference team.

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katie_langmeier_487_wtiKatie Langmeier
Year: Senior
Sport: Women’s Basketball/Track & Field
Position (basketball): Forward
Event (track): High Jump
Statistics (basketball): 28 games, 14.3 points/game, 8.8 rebounds/game, 2.3 steals/game
Accomplishments: Langmeier was named the Iowa Conference MVP and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. She led the Duhawks in minutes, scoring, rebounds and steals. In the Iowa Conference, she finished fifth in scoring, second in rebounding and third in steals per game. In track & field, Langmeier excels in the high jump. She placed first in the event at the Knox Open and Central Open. Her record height of 5′-5” is tied for first in the Iowa Conference. Langmeier is also an Iowa Conference Academic All-American.

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mary_rector_487_wxcMary Rector
Year: Senior
Sport: Cross country/Track & Field
Event (track): Long distance
Accomplishments: Rector was one of two Duhawks to be invited to the Women’s Cross Country National Championships, where she finished 100th of the 280 runners. She was also consistent throughout the regular season. In seven regular season meets, Rector never finished outside of the top-10. She collected four top-3 finishes, including a first place finish in the Loras Invitational. Rector was named Iowa Conference runner of the week two times.
Rector continued her success into the track & field season. In the nine events she’s competed in thus far, Rector has never finished lower than sixth place. She has cracked the top-3 six times, including a win in the 1,500-meter run at the UW-Platteville Invitational, a win in the 3,000-meter run at the Wartburg Outdoor Select and a first place finish in the 5,000-meter run at home at the Dr. Tucker Open. Rector was also named an Iowa Conference Academic All-American.

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katie_serpico_487_wbaKatie Serpico
Year: Junior
Sport: Softball
Position: Catcher
Statistics: 36 games, .380 avg, 38 hits, 8 home runs, 37 RBI’s, .670 slugging %
Accomplishments: Serpico exploded onto the scene in her third year with the Duhawks. She led her team in batting average, hits, home runs, RBI’s and slugging percentage. Serpico was the Duhawk’s best power-hitter, finishing third in the conference in home runs, fifth in RBI’s and sixth in slugging percentage.

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— Men’s Rookie of the Year —

louie_oswald_487_mfbLouie Oswald
Year: Senior
Sport: Football
Position: Kicker
Statistics: 10 games, 8-9 FGs (88.9%), 8-9 PATs
Accomplishments: In his first year with the football team after coming over from the men’s soccer team, Oswald led the Iowa Conference in field goal percentage and led the Duhawks in points with 32.

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alex_bradley_487_msoAlex Bradley
Year: First-year
Position: Midfielder
Statistics: 24 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 41 shots, 18 shots on goal, 1 game-winner
Accomplishments: In his first year as a Duhawk, Bradley made an impact right away. He played in all 24 games and helped the Duhawks on their run through the playoffs to the Division III Final Four. Bradley finished seventh on the team in points and goals; and fourth in both shots and shots on goal.

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spence_bonner_487_mbaSpence Bonner
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Baseball
Position: First base
Statistics (Through 4/28): 24 games, .333 avg, 26 hits, 11 runs, 6 RBI’s, 1.000 fielding %
Accomplishments: After not seeing the field as a first-year, Bonner has come in and made a sizable impact in his second year with the Duhawks. He is currently second on the team in batting average and tied for third in hits. Yet, he’s made his biggest impact on the defensive end. In 125 chances, he has 118 putouts, 7 assists and 0 errors, giving him a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage which leads the Iowa Conference.

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isaac_casey_487_mswIke Casey
Year: First-year
Sport: Men’s Swimming and Diving
Event: Sprinter
Accomplishments: In his first year as a Duhawk, Casey dominated the competition in sprint events. Of the 36 events he competed in, Casey came in first place 20 times. Overall, he had 28 top-3 finishes on the season. Casey helped the Duhawks take down conference powerhouse Luther with three first place finishes in the meet. Casey was named Iowa Conference Swimmer of the Week three times.

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calvin_harridge_487_mfbCalvin Harridge
Year: First-year
Sport: Football
Position: Linebacker
Statistics: 10 games, 86 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 1 fumble forced, 1 fumble recovered
Accomplishments: As a first-year, Harridge led the Duhawks in tackles and had the third-most tackles for a loss. In the Iowa Conference, he finished sixth overall with 8.6 tackles per game.

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— Women’s Rookie of the Year —

lori_obendorf_487_wb3Lori Obendorf
Year: First-year
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Position: Center
Statistics: 28 games, 3.8 points/game, 3.8 rebounds/game, 0.86 blocks/game
Accomplishments: Obendorf served as a key player off the bench in her first year with the Duhawks. At 6-2, she provided a much needed defensive presence, leading the team in blocks and finishing third in the conference in blocks per game.

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tara_blake_487_wvbTara Blake
Year: First-year
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Outside hitter
Statistics: 30 matches, 2.51 kills/game, 30 assists, 32 service aces
Accomplishments: In her first year as a Duhawk, Blake was named first-team All-Iowa Conference. She led the Duhawks in kills per game and finished second in service aces and digs.

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madi_avery_487_wsoMadi Avery
Year: First-year
Sport: Women’s Soccer
Position: Midfield
Statistics: 22 games (21 starts), 2 goals, 19 shots
Accomplishments: Avery made a big impact on the Duhawks’ successful 2013 season. She started 21 of her team’s 23 games as a freshman and her two goals were both game-winners.

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danielle_stromert_487_wbaDanielle Stromert
Year: First-year
Sport: Softball
Position: Right field
Statistics: 36 games, .323 avg, 30 hits, 16 RBI’s, 29 runs
Accomplishments: In her first year with the Duhawks, Stromert was a presence from behind the plate. She finished the season third on the team in batting average and second in hits. Stromert also leads the team in doubles, runs scored and walks taken.

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anna_schwalbe_487_wlcAnna Schwalbe
Year: First-year
Sport: Lacrosse
Position: Midfield/Attack
Statistics (Through 4/28): 18 games, 14 goals, 4 assists, 18 points, 22 ground balls
Accomplishments: In her first year at Loras, Schwalbe made an impact on the offensive end, finishing first on the team in assists and second on the team in both goals and points.

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— Men’s Most-improved Athlete of the Year —

will_tumberger_487_mfbWill Tumberger
Year: Senior
Sport: Football
Position: Defensive End
Statistics: 10 games, 48 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 fumble forced
Last year’s statistics: 8 games, 17 tackles, 0 tackles for a loss, 1.0 sacks, 2 fumbles forced
Accomplishments: As a senior captain, Tumberger caused a lot of havoc for opponents off the edge. As a starter in all ten games, he led the Duhawks in sacks and tackles for a loss.

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aaron_schueller_487_mb3Aaron Schueller
Year: Junior
Sport: Men’s Basketball
Position: Guard
Statistics: 26 games, 12.9 points/game, 3.1 rebounds/game, 1.6 assists/game
Last year’s statistics: 25 games, 6.6 points/game, 1.9 rebounds/game, 1.1 assists/game
Accomplishments: After showing a lot of promise as a sophomore, Schueller took over in his junior year. He led the Duhawks in scoring and minutes per game and was named first-team All-Iowa Conference.

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patrick_walsh_487_mbaPatrick Walsh
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Baseball
Position: Third base/Pitcher
Statistics (Through 4/28): (batting) 33 games, .355 avg, 43 hits, 26 RBI’s, 20 runs… (pitching) 8 games, 4-3 record, 3.83 ERA, 31 strikeouts, 10 walks
Last year’s statistics: (batting) 28 games, .223 avg, 21 hits, 14 RBI’s, 8 runs… (pitching) 6 games, 1-0 record, 2.42 ERA, 53 strikeouts, 31 walks
Accomplishments: Walsh has blossomed into a star in his second year with the Duhawks. With five games left in the season, Walsh leads the team in batting average, hits and RBI’s. He has contributed on the mound as well. He has the best win-loss record of any Duhawk pitcher and the second best ERA of any starter.

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john_maevski_487_msw (1)John Maevski
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Men’s Swimming and Diving
Event: Diving
Accomplishments: Maevski was the only member of the Duhawks swimming and diving teams to be invited to participate in the NCAA Division III Regionals Meet where he finished 7th in the 3M dive and 4th in 1M dive. Of the 17 diving events he competed in during the regular season, Maevski finished first 12 times. He was a big factor for the Duhawks who were finally able to pass conference power house Luther and win the regular season conference title.

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sam_whan_487_mtiSam Whan
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Cross country/Track & Field
Event: Long distance
Accomplishments: After showing signs of potential in his first year with the Duhawks, Whan stood out in his second year. He was a big reason that the Duhawks cross country team finished second in the Iowa Conference and qualified for the Division III National Championships. Whan finished in the top-ten in each of his seven regular season meets. His 80th place finish in the National Championship was the best among Loras runners.
Whan’s success continued as track season rolled around. In the 20 events he competed in, Whan had 18 top-10 finishes, eight of which were in the top-3. He is currently ranked within the top-15 in the conference in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs.

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— Women’s Most-improved Athlete of the Year —

magdalena_saenz_ruiz_487_wtiMaggie Saenz-Ruiz
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Cross-country/Track & Field
Position (track): Long-distance runner
Accomplishments: In her second year with the Duhawks, Saenz-Ruiz ran wild for the cross-country and track teams. She collected four top-5 finishes and never finished worse than 17th in regular season meets. Along with senior Mary Rector, Saenz-Ruiz qualified for the Division III National Championships where she placed 120th against some of the best runners in the nation. In track & field, Saenz-Ruiz has continued her success. In the seven events she’s competed in thus far, she has finished first three times and second twice. Ruiz was also named an Iowa Conference Academic All-American.

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kaitlin_phillips_487_wb3Kaitlin Phillips
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Position: Guard
Statistics: 23 games, 12.2 points/game, 2.9 rebounds/game, 2.6 assists/game, 2.7 steals/game
Last year’s statistics: 18 games, 6.1 points/game, 3.1 rebounds/game, 2.2 assists/game
Accomplishments: Phillips was named first-team All-Iowa Conference in just her second year with the Duhawks. She finished second on the team in scoring and assists and first in 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage. Phillips was also named an Iowa Conference Academic All-American.

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victoria_may_487_wb3Victoria May
Year: Junior
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Position: Forward
Statistics: 28 games, 10.0 points/game, 5.1 rebounds/game, 1.5 assists/game
Last year’s statistics: 20 games, 2.9 points/game, 1.5 rebounds/game, 0.4 assists/game
Accomplishments: In her junior year with the Duhawks, May was named second-team All-Iowa Conference. She finished third on the team in rebounds and points per game; and led the team in field goal percentage. Her .539 field goal percentage was good enough for second best in the Iowa Conference.

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kali_koopmann_487_wbaKali Koopmann
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Softball
Position: Third base
Statistics: 34 games, .245 avg, 24 hits, 7 doubles, 14 RBI’s, 19 runs
Last Year’s Statistics: 12 games, .081 avg, 1 hit, 2 RBI’s, 0 runs
Accomplishments: After only playing sparingly her freshman year, Koopmann worked her way into the lineup and started 31 games on the season. She had the third most plate appearances for the Duhawks, finished second on the team in doubles and she also knocked in the fourth most RBI’s.

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kaitlyn_kutsch_487_wlcKaitlyn Kutsch
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Lacrosse
Position: Midfield
Statistics (Through 4/28): 18 games, 71 goals, 3.94 goals/game, 119 shots, 59.7 shot %, 34 ground balls
Last Year’s Statistics: 14 games, 15 goals, 1.07 goals/game, 36 shots, 41.7 shot %, 43 ground balls
Accomplishments: Kutsch absolutely demolished her total of 15 goals scored last season by scoring a league leading 71 with just one game remaining. Kutsch was the main source of offense on a Duhawks Lacrosse program that has shown great signs of improvement in its second year.

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— Men’s Team of the Year —

Men’s Soccer

Record: 19-2-3 (6-1 in IIAC)

Accomplishments: The men’s soccer team finished first in the Iowa Conference with a 6-1 record. They finished first in the conference in shots, points, goals and goals against. For the second consecutive year, they made it to the Final Four in the Division III tournament before falling to Rutgers-Camden in a 2-3 overtime thriller. At season’s end, they were ranked No. 3 in the nation.

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Wrestling

Record: 11-10 (4-3 in IIAC)

Accomplishments: The wrestling team finished No. 14 in the nation. The squad put four wrestlers into the Division III Wrestling Championships, two of whom were named to the All-American team and one of whom (James Buss) earned a National title and Iowa Conference MVP honors. Head coach Randy Steward was named Co-Coach of the year and Ryan Birt was named Assistant Coach of the year in the conference.

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Men’s Swimming & Diving

Record: 6-2 (3-0 in IIAC)

Accomplishments: The men’s swimming and diving team finished with a perfect regular season conference record, and knocked off  conference powerhouse Luther for the first time in recent memory. They placed second in the Iowa Conference Championship Meet and showed a good improvement over their 3-5 record of a season ago. Of the 11 weeks in their season, a Duhawk was named Iowa Conference Swimmer of the week six times.

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Men’s Cross Country

Ranking: No. 2 in IIAC, No. 5 in Central Region, No. 26 in Nation

Accomplishments: After a strong regular season, the Duhawks were one of 32 teams to qualify for the Division III National Championship. The Duhawks finished 26th nationally, No. 5 regionally and No.  2 in the IIAC. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Duhawks have finished either first or second in the Iowa Conference.

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— Women’s Team of the Year —

Women’s Soccer

Record: 18-14-1 (7-0 in IIAC)

Accomplishments: The women’s soccer team finished first in the Iowa Conference with a perfect 7-0 record. The team ranked first in the conference in both goals and points. They made it to the second round of the Division III playoffs and finished the season ranked No. 23 in the nation.

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Women’s Basketball

Record: 19-9 (12-2 in IIAC)

Accomplishments: The women’s basketball team finished first in the Iowa Conference with a 12-2 record and a 19-8 record overall. After winning the Iowa Conference Tournament, they secured a bid in the NCAA Division III Tournament for only the second time in Loras history.

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Women’s Cross Country

Ranking: No. 2 in IIAC, No. 8 in Central Region

Accomplishments: The women’s cross country team showed good improvement from a season ago where they finished third in the Iowa Conference and seventeenth at regionals. The team also send two runners, Maggie Saenz-Ruiz and Mary Rector to the Division III National Championship Meet. The women had two first place finishes on the season: at the Dutch Invitational in Pella and at home at the Dr. Tucker Invitational.

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Women’s Track & Field

Ranking: No. 2 in IIAC (indoor), (Outdoor Championship to take place May 8.)

Accomplishments: The women’s track & field team had a slow start to the indoor season but picked up steam towards the end and finished second of eight teams in the IIAC Championship Meet. They also sent one thrower, junior Morgan Steere, to the Division III National Championship where she placed 15th in the weight throw. The team continued their success as they moved into the outdoor season by winning their first meet, the Knox Outdoor Invitational. The Duhawks will now prepare for the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships which are set to take place May 8.

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— Coach of the Year —

dan_rothert_487_msoDan Rothert

Sport: Men’s and women’s soccer
Record: 37-16-4 (Combined)

Accomplishments: In his 16th year at Loras, Rothert’s Duhawks won conference on both the men’s and women’s sides, with a combined 13-1 record against conference opponents. His teams finished ranked No. 3 on the men’s side and No.23 on the women’s side.

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justin_heinzen_487_wb3Justin Heinzen

Sport: Women’s basketball
Record: 19-9

Accomplishments: Heinzen was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Duhawks to their first ever outright Iowa Conference title. His team led the conference with the fewest points allowed per game and highest rebounding margin. Through seven seasons at Loras, he has a combined record of 112-75.

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bob_schultz_487_mxcBob Schultz

Sport: Cross-country (head coach)/Track & Field (associate head coach)
Ranking (Men): No. 2 in IIAC, No. 5 in Central Region, No. 26 in Nation
Ranking (Women): No. 2 in IIAC, No. 8 in Central Region

Accomplishments: In his ninth year with the Duhawks, Shultz led the men’s cross-country team to the Division III National Champions for the second time in three years. His cross-country teams won a total of four meets, and finished within the top-three in nine meets.

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randy_steward_487_mweRandy Steward

Sport: Wrestling
Record: 11-10

Accomplishments: In his 21st season with the Duhawks, Steward led the Duhawks to an 11-10 record and was named Co-Coach of the year in the conference. His team produced two All-Americans and the Iowa Conference MVP, and finished the season No. 14 in the nation.

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doug_colin_487_mswDoug Colin

Sport: Men’s and women’s swimming & diving
Record: 12-5 (Combined)

Accomplishments: In his 16th season at the helm of the Duhawks, Coach Colin was finally able to edge out perennial powerhouse Luther on the men’s side by finishing with the best regular season record in the Iowa Conference. In the Iowa Conference Championship meet, the men’s and women’s teams both finished second to cap off another successful season.

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Thanks for voting! Be sure to check out the Lorian Senior Issue where the winners will be revealed!

[All photos thanks to Duhawks.com]

 

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