SDSU honors senior student-athletes
Men’s basketball standout Nate Wolters, along with women’s basketball player Ashley Eide and volleyball player Kelli Fiegen were honored with the 2013 Outstanding Jackrabbit Award during the South Dakota State University Athletics Senior Banquet Monday night at the Swiftel Center.
Wolters completed his four-year career as the Jackrabbits’ all-time leader in both scoring and assists. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Wolters was selected as Summit League Player of the Year and honored on third-team All-America squads by both the Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches after leading the Jackrabbits to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
During the 2012-13 season, Wolters averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. He finished his career with 2,363 points and 669 assists.
A Sioux Falls native, Eide helped lead the Jackrabbits to their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournamnent appearance, as well as the Summit League regular season title during the 2012-13 season. A first-team all-Summit League selection, she led the team in scoring with an average of 14 points per game during her senior season, while also topping the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Eide also excelled in the classroom, earning second-team recognition on the Capital One Academic All-America squad, becoming the first Jackrabbit women’s basketball player to earn Academic All-America honors twice. She also earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Team for the third year in a row and was named to the Summit League All-Academic Team.
A Parkston native, Fiegen earned all-Summit League honors for the third time in her career during the 2012 season after leading the Jackrabbits with 342 kills, a .333 hitting percentage, 26 solo block Despite missing three matches due to injury, she led the league with 1.30 blocks per set, was third in hitting percentage and finished eighth in kills.
On the career charts, Fiegen ranks second all-time at SDSU with 409 block assists, third with a .326 career hitting percentage, sixth in kills with 1,407 and seventh in solo blocks with 109.
Ninety senior student-athletes were honored at the event, including 15 who were honored as recipients of the Jackrabbit Impact Award for their contributions to SDSU Athletics:
• Shay Birath, volleyball;
• Stephen Bougher, baseball;
• Tony Fiegen, men’s basketball;
• Brooke Garner, women’s track and field;
• Tyrel Kool, football;
• Michael Krsnak, men’s cross country/track and field;
• Luke Leischner, men’s track and field;
• Katie Lingle, women’s basketball;
• Christa Nyblom, women’s soccer;
• Kyle Ochsner, men’s swimming;
• Tera Potts, women’s cross country/track and field
• Bradley Schoreit, men’s diving;
• Ross Shafrath, football;
• Megan Violand, equestrian; and
• Dustin Walraven, wrestling.
Potts, a Sturgis native also was one of three student-athletes to receive the Jackrabbit Scholar-Athlete Award after posting a perfect 4.0 grade-point average throughout her collegiate career. Other honorees included women’s basketball player Leah Dietel and football player Alex Olinger. In all, 25 Jackrabbit senior student-athletes were recognized for compiling cumulative GPAs of 3.7 or higher.
The Jackrabbit volleyball squad received the Team Scholar Award with a cumulative team GPA of 3.56 through the fall semester.
Four other student-athletes were honored with the Jackrabbit Courage Award for overcoming hardships during their careers. Recipients included football player Seth Daughters, men’s swimmer Jim McLain, softball player Kori Seidlitz and baseball player Layne Somsen.