SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Indiana State’s Perish honored
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media October 11, 2013 6:36PM
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:29AM
Indiana State University quarterback Mike Perish was chosen the Missouri Valley Football Conference Co-Player of the Week on Offense for the timeframe ending Sept. 15.
The Frankfort resident helped the Sycamores to a 70-7 victory over visiting Quincy. Perish was 23-of-26 passing for 379 yards and four touchdowns. The Marist graduate also scored a rushing touchdown as Indiana State reached the 70-point plateau for the first time since 1925.
Perish’s 379 passing yards are the fourth highest for an individual in a single game in ISU history and also helped the Sycamores pass for a school-record 433 yards. The junior’s completion percentage of 88.4 is a single-game school record, eclipsing the mark established by Ronnie Fouch (88.2) in 2010.
Perish connected on a 78-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to give ISU a 7-0 lead before also throwing touchdown passes of 2, 24 yards and 5 yards. He exited early in the third quarter with the team leading 56-0.
Perish added a 1-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter to give him part of five of the school-record 10 touchdowns on the day. Perish passed to 12 different receivers in the contest. His 78-yard pass was the longest completion and TD pass of his career.
Perish is the first Sycamores quarterback to throw for four touchdowns in a game since Fouch had four against Youngstown State in 2010.
Aurora University punter Ryan Mizgate (T.F. South) was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Football Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sept. 8.
The Lansing native had six punts for 299 yards, an average of 49.8 yards per punt, in a 48-21 loss to visiting Illinois Wesleyan. The senior’s longest punt of 80 yards set an Aurora University and Vago Field single-game record. Mizgate also had four of his punts downed inside the 20- yard line.
Benedictine University women’s soccer player Nikki Jhanji (Sandburg) was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sept. 8.
The Orland Park resident helped the Eagles to a second-place finish at the Sal Vaccaro Tournament hosted by North Central College. She contributed three goals and added an assist. The senior forward was involved in all three goals during a 3-1 win over the host Cardinals.
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Washington University (St. Louis) men’s swimmer Luke Dobben (Homewood-Flossmoor) was named the University Athletic Association’s Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week for the time period ending Sept. 30.
The junior was lauded for the second time in his career. He won the men’s 500 freestyle and added a pair of third-place finishes in a season-opening dual against Saint Louis University.
The Flossmoor resident won the 500 free with a time of 4:45.87, which was more than three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Dobben added a third-place finish in the 200 free (1:45.79) and swam the opening leg of the 200 free relay that finished third in 1:29.90.