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Nine Repeat Selections Highlight Academic Football Team

Twenty-seven student-athletes have been named to the 2006-2007 Academic All-North Central Conference football team selected by a vote of the league's sports information directors. Central Washington placed six members on the team while North Dakota had five representatives on the list.

Highlighting the team are nine student-athletes making their second appearance on the select squad. Minnesota State's Spencer Dickinson is the lone team member to have aperfect 4.00 grade point average, but four other members of the team, North Dakota's Trent Christensen and Michael Greenwood and South Dakota's Matt Murphy and Frank Leibfarth, have GPAs above 3.90.

The select group has a combined grade point average of 3.65.

2006-2007 Academic All-North Central Conference Football Team

Pos. Name Team Yr. GPA Major Hometown


Line Kory Anderson Minnesota State Sr. 3.50 Physical Education Hanska, Minn.

Line Mitch Braegelmann North Dakota So. 3.80 Chemical Engineering St. Cloud, Minn.

Line *Ben Hochstein Nebraska-Omaha Jr. 3.84 Pre-Business Hartington, Neb.

Line Ryan Mach South Dakota Sr. 3.257 Business (Management) Prague, Neb.

Line *Nick Skibsted Augustana Sr. 3.76 Mathematics Storm Lake, Iowa

Receiver Josh Boonstra Central Washington Sr. 3.53 Exercise Science Sedro-Woolley, Wash.

Receiver *Weston Dressler North Dakota Jr. 3.79 Finance/Accounting Bismarck, N.D.

Receiver Chris Pomerleau Augustana Sr. 3.50 Psychology Council Bluffs, Iowa

Receiver Johnny Spevak Central Washington Fr. 3.76 Undeclared Edgewood, Wash.

Backs Trent Christensen North Dakota Sr. 3.92 Interdisciplinary Studies Thief River Falls, Minn.

Backs Reed Manke North Dakota Sr. 3.40 Accounting Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Backs Mike Reilly Central Washington So. 3.53 Mechanical Engineering Kalispell, Mont.

Backs *Ted Schlafke Minnesota Duluth So. 3.56 Business Finance Stevens Point, Wis.


Line *Nick Bentele Augustana Jr. 3.75 Business Administration Sioux Falls, S.D.

Line *Spencer Dickinson Minnesota State Jr. 4.00 Pre-Med New Ulm, Minn.

Line Phil Dougherty Central Washington Sr. 3.71 Biology/Food Sci. & Nutrition Anchorage, Alaska

Line *Matt Murphy South Dakota Sr. 3.944 Business Management Rapid City, S.D.

Linebacker Chris Burch Central Washington Sr. 3.34 Physical Ed. (Teaching) Inchelium, Wash.

Linebacker *Dan Ficcadenti Minnesota State Sr. 3.52 Law Enforcement White Bear Lake, Minn.

Linebacker Ryan Kees St. Cloud State So. 3.82 Mechanical Engineering Eagan, Minn.

Linebacker Aaron LaPointe St. Cloud State Jr. 3.34 Social Studies Elk River, Minn.

Linebacker Nick Ovenden Augustana Sr. 3.21 Exercise Science Sioux Falls, S.D.

Back Ryan Andrews Central Washington Sr. 3.63 Construction Management Lake Stevens, Wash.

Back Michael Greenwood North Dakota Sr. 3.94 Biology Jamestown, N.D.

Back Randy Kush Nebraska-Omaha Jr. 3.62 Pre-Business Gretna, Neb.

Back *Nick Wilson Minnesota State Sr. 3.66 Management Mankato, Minn.

Kicker Frank Leibfarth South Dakota Sr. 3.928 Chemistry Yankton, S.D.

  *-Two-year selection

Class Breakdown: Senior (16), Junior (6), Sophomore (4), Freshmen (1) 

Team Breakdown: Augustana (4), Central Washington (6), Minnesota Duluth (1), Minnesota State (4), Neb.-Omaha (2), North Dakota (5), St. Cloud State (2), South Dakota (3).