Head Coach Cam Schuknecht’s Prairie Wolves posted their third straight 10-win season as they work to take the next step.
Like the women, the men’s team roster is full of young talent. The Prairie Wolves lose just one senior to graduation this year: Jim Lance of Nebraska City, Neb. However, the 6’7” center leaves some formidable shoes to fill as he led the Prairie Wolves in scoring and rebounding his junior year.
Senior leadership will fall on five players’ shoulders next season. And the eight freshmen on this year’s roster also promise good things in the years to come for NWU men’s basketball.
The Prairie Wolves posted their best record in a decade as the 11-16 program continues to fight for its first winning season since 2001. Wins have increased each year since Head Coach Eric Jensen began in 2008.
The roster’s lone seniors Katy Golden of Gretna, Neb., and Sadie Struebing of Brainard, Neb., both reached the 1,000-point mark this season to land among the top 10 all-time scorers at NWU. Golden also finished her career fifth in rebounds (653), seventh in made free throws (277) and fourth in blocked shots (89).
While the Prairie Wolves lose just two players to graduation this year, they will rely on youth again next season with just three juniors returning.
Indoor track and field
It was another distinguished season of indoor track and field for the Prairie Wolves. The men finished the season ranked seventh in NCAA Division III, while the women finished just outside the top 25 in the national rankings.
Four student-athletes earned All-American status with their performances at the national championships in Columbus, Ohio, in March. NWU All-Americans include Amanda Brichacek (shot put, hammer throw), Kevin Janata (55-meter hurdles), John Kersenbrock (long jump) and Jay Wall (pole vault).
NWU’s decorated coaching staff won honors as well. Ted Bulling was named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Men’s Coach of the Year. And Derek Frese was named USTFCCCA Central Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.