SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Aaron Nelson nets GLVC honor at Southern Indiana
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media January 31, 2014 5:08PM
Aaron Nelson, of Southern Indiana | Supplied photo
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:12PM
Southern Indiana senior forward Aaron Nelson was named the Division II Bulletin National Player of the Month for December.
Nelson is the fifth Screaming Eagle in the history of the program to win the award and the first since Jamar Smith in 2009.
In December, Nelson earned his second Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week award for the period ending
Dec. 9. The Chicago Heights resident led the Eagles to a 4-0 record in the month, averaging 21.3 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal per game while shooting 63 percent from the field (32-of-51) and 75 percent from the free-throw line (21-of-28).
The 6-foot-8 Nelson earned his second GLVC Player of the Week honor thanks to his performance in a 92-69 win Dec. 7 over Kentucky State. Nelson matched his career high with 31 points and set a school and GLVC single-game record by grabbing 27 rebounds. The 27 boards eclipsed the previous Southern Indiana mark, set in 1974, and the GLVC record, set in 1998.
In addition to the single-game rebound record, Nelson (Bloom) also tied the Southern Indiana record for consecutive double-doubles (8) in December, set by Chris Bowles in 1991-92. Nelson established a new school double-double record, stretching the streak to 10 in the first two games of January.
Nelson also was named the GLVC Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 25. In a 70-61 win over host Kentucky Wesleyan, Nelson totaled 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
In his team’s 90-89 victory over visiting Lake Erie College, Nelson finished with 31 points (12-of-16 shooting) and 11 rebounds.
Through 17 games, Nelson has helped Southern Indiana go 14-3 overall and 6-3 in the GLVC. He led the team in points (349), points per game (20.5), rebounds (229), rebounds per game (13.5), blocked shots (29), blocked shots per game (1.7) and field-goal percentage (61) on 136-of-223 shooting.
Mat king Cole
Wisconsin-Platteville’s Cole Ferguson was nominated for Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week for the period ending Dec. 15 after taking third place in the 125-pound bracket at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invitational.
The sophomore opened with a 17-3 major decision over Lakeland’s Matt Damp, before falling 9-4 to Concordia’s Sean Ambrocio in the semifinal.
Ferguson, a Providence graduate, responded by pinning Wheaton’s Tom Foy in the second period to reach the third-place match, where he beat Central’s Abe Fernandez 8-2. The Pioneers finished sixth in the 12-team field.
Fly like an Eagle
Marci Zegarac (T.F. South) was one of four Ashland women’s volleyball players to receive postseason honors from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2013 season.
The senior defensive specialist was chosen to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team after leading the Eagles in digs with 598, good for third in the conference.
Zegarac also was third on the team in assists with 69. The Lansing native helped Ashland go 26-8 overall and 15-3 in the GLIAC South Division, the latter mark good for first place.