Northern Sun Postseason Award Winners

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NSIC Player of the Year
Photo#20 Joe Wendte
(OF, 5-11, Jr., South Sioux City, Neb. / Heelan HS )
Wayne State College

Wendte led Wayne State in most offensive categories this season, helping the Wildcats win a sixth straight NSIC regular season title. In NSIC play, Wendte hit .420 with seven homers and 34 RBI’s. He led the league in NSIC games in on-base percentage (.579), runs scored (50) and walks (29) while ranking third in batting average (.420), slugging percentage (.818) and RBI’s (34) and sixth in total bases with 92. In all games, Wendte leads Wayne State with a .408 average and has 11 homers and 55 RBI’s and has made just one error all season manning center field for the Wildcats.

NSIC Pitcher of the Year
Photo#29 Jake Schmidt
(P, 6-3, 205, R/R, Sr., Oakdale, Minn. / Tartan HS)
Concordia University-St. Paul

The NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year lived up to his billing, breaking the single game, season and career strikeout records for Concordia while posting a 7-2 record. With a career-high 16 strikeouts in 7 innings at UM, Crookston, Schmidt became the career strikeout leader at CU and with his 14 K’s in his next and final start at Bemidji State, he finished the year with 103, breaking his mark of 100 a year ago. He currently leads all Division II pitchers in K/9 with 13.43. He reached double-digit strikeouts in seven of his 11 starts in 2009 with five complete games, a shutout and a save. He finished with a 3.78 ERA while hurling 69.0 innings. In his career, he is CU’s all-time wins leader with a 23-8 record and 273 strikeouts. At the plate, Schmidt was CU’s leadoff hitter, centerfielder and first and second baseman and hit 10 home runs, 10 doubles and stole eight bases. In games he pitched, he helped his own cause with a .471 average in 11 games with 15 runs and 10 RBI. He earned two NSIC Pitcher of the Week honors and one NSIC Player of the Week and was a five-time CU Male Athlete of the Week.

NSIC Newcomer of the Year
Photo#4 Eric Bond
(IF, 5-10, 160, Jr., Blue Springs, Mo.)
Wayne State College

Bond made quite an impact for the Wildcats’ offense in his first year with the club, hitting .337 in NSIC games with 11 homers and 32 RBI’s. Bond tied for the league lead in NSIC games with 11 homers and ranked fourth in NSIC games in RBI’s (32) and total bases (75) while ranking sixth in slugging percentage (.743). Overall, Bonds hit .350 for the Wildcats this season with 14 homers and 46 RBI’s while ranking second on the team with 111 total bases.

NSIC Freshman of the Year
Photo#17 Logan Birr
(RHP , 6-4 185, FR.,R/R, St. Cloud, Minn. / Apollo HS)
St. Cloud State

Birr led the NSIC in ERA (2.93) and held opponents to a conference low .215 mark. He was third in the conference in strikeouts (72) and wins (8) while striking out a season-high 11 batters against Minnesota, Crookston on March 20. He had his first career save and fifth win of season in same doubleheader against Minnesota Duluth on April 3, by pitching a total of six innings and striking out seven. He hurled two straight complete games on April 10 and 19, striking out eight and allowing one earned run at Concordia-St. Paul on the 10th. Birr threw his second of those with eight strikeouts in 8-4 win over Augustana on the 19th. He appeared in his first collegiate game against Midland Lutheran in the Metrodome, striking out both batters he faced. He picked up his first career victory after striking out four in three innings of work against Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb. 8. Birr won 4 straight starts on two separate occasions during the 2009 season.

NSIC Coach of the Year
PhotoJohn Manganaro
17th Season
Wayne State

Manganaro coached the Wildcats to their sixth straight regular season NSIC title this year, going 27-4 in league play. The 27 wins are the most ever by an NSIC team as the Wildcats topped their previous record of 25 wins (25-5) in the 2007 season. It’s the fourth time, and the third time in the last four years, that Manganaro has captured NSIC Coach of the Year honors. Manganaro picked up his 500th career win on May 3 in a 19-7 win over Minnesota, Crookston. He has coached the Wildcats to a 198-54 record (.785) in NSIC play since WSC joined the league in 1999.

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8 Responses to “Northern Sun Postseason Award Winners”


  1. 1 curious May 9, 2009 at 2:59 am

    So how does a 9th place team in the conference get 4 all conference players selected and the regular season conference champs and runner up get 5? Is this a charity to the old NCC who can only get two teams into the conference tournament? What did Duluth do to get so many players, lose 34-1 to SMSU? wow seems the selection committee needs to figure it out.

    Also, great job WSC on padding your conference stats with 17 runs/gm against tough competition like Northern and Crookston this year. But goodluck WSC, show the RMAC how to hit.

  2. 2 fishingmn May 9, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Curious – I believe that the All-Conference awards are individual awards and the team’s results don’t really determine who is selected. Therefore, you’d really need to look at each position and compare the UMD player against someone you think is more deserving.

    I did that with Will Dahlgren as I was surprised he beat out someone like Tony Mueller who had a great year for Winona State. In looking at their stats they had pretty similar years at the plate. Mueller had a slightly higher BA, more SB’s and fewer errors. Dahlgren had more RBI’s, a higher Slugging % and higher OBA.

    Since they are so close, personally, I’d have given it to Mueller to try and recognize him for an excellent year pitching too but it’s not cut and dried that he should have beaten out Dahlgren.

    If you have other examples please feel free to mention them.

  3. 3 WSCDad May 9, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Curious, in case you didn’t know the conference make the schedule – the boys just play the games. What would you have them do, strike out on purpose to keep the games close? WSC went 27-4 in the conference – apparently, the Cats padded their stats through most of the season!!

    For what it’s worth, it has been my contention that Northern shouldn’t even try and field a baseball team. And as for the conference selections, they couldn’t even figure out who should be player of the week, much less final season honors.

    All that said, congratulations to all of the award winners.

  4. 4 imafan May 9, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I question Wendt as player of the year. Believe it had more to do unlike the first post to the team he was on and the influence of his coach than his numbers.

  5. 5 imafan May 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Just reviewed more data on teams played/schedule and regular season games etc. and take back above statement. He probably DOES deserve MVP.

    • 6 John Plasha May 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      Wente is nationaly ranked in the top 300 in 19 catagories, 5 of them in the top 25. If that isn’t POY material I don’t know what is. In addition to that he is tops in several catagories not tracked by the NCAA like Hustel, Attitude, and Sportsmanship just to name a few. He plays the game the way it should be played. Congrats Joe!

  6. 7 Augie23 May 10, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I agree with POY in Joe Wendte. I would like to say that being on a great team also helps. Never the less he would have my vote.

  7. 8 John Plasha May 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I see in several other regions across the country The ABCA/Rawlings has anounced Gold Glove winners for each position. Is the Central Region doing the same? It would be nice to see some of these kids get some recongition for defensive abilities. I’m sure it’s plain to see that most other All- League/All-region teams are based upon ofensive stats alone.


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