Justin Madar was a dominant presence on the defensive line while playing a significant role in a league championship for the Olivet College football team.
And Monday, the Holt graduate was selected the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s defensive most valuable player.
Madar was named the league’s top defensive player after registering 44 tackles and setting a single-season school record with 10.5 sacks for Olivet, which went 9-1 in the regular season to tie a program record for wins.
Area graduates also playing at Olivet that joined Madar on the All-MIAA football team included Comet senior punter Ryan Anderson (DeWitt) and junior defensive back Javon Walker (Everett).
WESTERN MICHIGAN: Sophomore forward Breanna Mobley (Waverly) started her season by scoring 27 points and adding 11 rebounds to help the Bronco women’s basketball team to a victory over Davidson. She was named the College Sports Madness Mid-American Conference player of the week.
NORTHWOOD: Jordyn Nurenberg (St. Johns) was named the GLIAC North player of the week Monday. Nurenberg, who led NCAA Division II in double-doubles last season, started her season with a pair of double-doubles to help the Timberwolves to a pair of wins. She averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds in wins over St. Joseph’s and Wisconsin-Parkside.
OAKLAND: Junior forward Jalen Hayes (Sexton) had 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting and added seven rebounds and five steals while helping the Grizzlies improve to 2-0 with a win over Western Michigan on Monday.
MICHIGAN: Junior Aaron Baumgarten (Williamston) finished 10th overall at last week’s NCAA Great Lakes regional meet to help the Wolverine men’s cross country team place fifth as a team. Baumgarten had a time of 30:33.4 in the 10,000-meter race while earning second team all-region recognition.
ALMA COLLEGE: Junior linebacker Zac Peterson (Holt) and senior defensive back Justin Thelen (Pewamo-Westphalia) earned All-MIAA football honors. Peterson was named to the first team after registering a league-best 102 tackles. Thelen earned second team recognition and had 31 tackles and four interceptions.
FERRIS STATE: Senior defensive lineman Corey Arnouts (Grand Ledge) was named second team All-GLIAC in football this week. He had 18 tackles and 1.5 for loss for the Bulldogs, who are 9-2 entering the NCAA Division II playoffs.
GRAND VALLEY: Sophomore defensive lineman Dylan Carroll (Portland) was named to the honorable mention All-GLIAC football team. He has 34 tackles, 14 for loss, seven sacks and an interception for the Lakers, who are 11-0 heading into the Division II postseason.
HILLSDALE COLLEGE: Sophomore running back Joe Reverman (Grand Ledge) earned honorable mention All-GLIAC football recognition. He ran for 895 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Chargers, who went 5-5 this fall.
NORTHERN MICHIGAN: Junior offensive lineman Josh Crim (Eastern) was recently selected honorable mention All-GLIAC in football.
HOPE COLLEGE: Sophomore defensive back Kyle Krumm (Okemos) and sophomore defensive lineman Ian Gorgensen (Lansing Catholic) were contributors this fall for the Flying Dutch, who finished as the MIAA football runner-up. Krumm had 21 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups this fall. He had an interception and six tackles in a victory over Concordia (Wisconsin) last week. Gorgenson concluded the season with 40 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks.
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