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For the second week in a row, the McPherson College football team swept the KCAC weekly honors as junior wide receiver Joe Middleton, junior linebacker J.L. Gomez and senior place-kicker-punter Travis Eason were selected as the offensive, defensive and special teams Players of the Week by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Middleton, from Phoenix, Ariz., set a season-high with 154 yards receiving on 11 catches and four touchdowns to help No. 6 McPherson to a 55-21 win at Southwestern College last Saturday. Middleton’s four scores marks the second time this season he has matched the single-game receiving touchdowns record.
Middleton ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game (116.9) and sixth in receptions per game (7.1). On the season, Middleton leads the team with 13 receiving touchdowns, while ranking second on the team with 818 yards.
The award is the second for Middleton on the season.
On the defensive side, Gomez earned the conference’s weekly honor after leading the MC defense with 16 tackles, 10 more than any other Bulldog, and 2.5 tackles for loss. Eight of Gomez’s 16 stops were solo. He currently leads the team with 56 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss for 40.5 yards.
Eason rounds out the Bulldogs’ weekly award winners with the special teams Player of the Week honor. Eason connected on 2-of-2 field goals, including a long of 28 yards, while converting 7-of-7 PAT attempts. Along with scoring, the Tulsa, Okla. native tallied nine kickoffs for 535 yards and two punts for 63 yards respectively.
HIEBERT HONORED -- McPherson College middle hitter Kory Hiebert has been named KCAC volleyball Player of the Week for her performance from Oct. 18-23 The award is the second on the season for Hiebert.
Hiebert, a 6-0 junior from Goessel, led the Bulldogs to a 3-0 record with wins coming against the University of Saint Mary, Sterling College and Southwestern College. For the week, she collected a team-best 39 kills (3.9 kills per game) and 0.392 hitting percentage. In addition to her offense, Hiebert tallied six digs, seven solo-blocks and 11 block assists.
Against Sterling College, Hiebert set a career-high with 19 kills to propel the Bulldogs to the 3-1 road victory.
For the season, Hiebert has 18 matches of at least 10 kills, and currently ranks 21st nationally in hitting percentage (0.365).
CEJA BEST IN KCAC -- McPherson College junior cross country runner Javier Ceja garnered the KCAC Cross Country Runner of the Week award after his performance at the Southwestern College NAIA Mid-States Classic over the weekend. The honor is his second of the season.
Ceja crossed the line fourth out of 205 athletes to lead the Bulldogs to an 11th-place team finish. He covered the 8K course in a season-best time of 25:04.07, nearly 40 seconds faster than the next KCAC runner.
On the season, Ceja has finished among the top five runners in all three races he has competed in.
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