SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato, senior guard Blaine Joerger of Staples has been named to the All-North Central Conference men's basketball team for the third straight season.
Joerger is the only three-time member of the team. He finished his career ranked sixth on the MSU all-time scoring list with 1,475 points.
He ranked eighth in the NCC this season in scoring, averaging 14.6 points.
Along with being a three-time NCC All-Academic selection, Joerger is only the 14th player in school history to record 500 points in a single season.
The most valuable player was Nathan Blessen of South Dakota. Gary Hall of North Dakota State was named newcomer of the year, and Dave Boots of South Dakota was named coach of the year.
Also receiving honors but not making the All-NCC first team are Jason Kron of St. Cloud State as freshman of the year. Kron and Pierre Elize of Northern Colorado shared the award as defensive player of the year.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Members of the All-North Central Conference men's basketball team:
Nate White, sr., Augustana; Nick Ellenberger, so., Minnesota State, Mankato; Blaine Joerger, sr., Minnesota State, Mankato; Andrew Drevo, fr., Morningside; Chad Mustard, sr., North Dakota; Hunter Reinke, sr., North Dakota
Gary Hall, jr., North Dakota State; Rado Rancik, so., St. Cloud State; Nathan Blessen, sr., South Dakota; Jeremy Kudera, jr., South Dakota; Ben Ries, sr., South Dakota; Terry Cress, sr., South Dakota State
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