Players of the Week & Where We Stand

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named its Players of the Week for the 7th week.  For the 2nd week in a row a Minnesota Duluth player wins an award.  In an interesting twist, Charlie Dubanoski and Augustana’s only loss of the week was to Gary Wilfahrt Jr. – NSIC Week 7 Release

NSIC Player of the Week
Photo# 37 Charlie Dubanoski
C, 5-10, 185, Jr., R/R,
Burnsville, Minn.
Burnsville HS
Augustana

Charlie Dubanoski helped the Vikings go 8-1 last week. Dubanoski posed a .548 average, going 17 of 31. He collected 15 RBI on the week after belting three homeruns. Also, five of his hits on the week were doubles and he also had one triple. One of his best games of the week came against Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday, where he was 2 for 5 with both of his hits being homeruns. He recorded five RBI in that game. He was also 3 for 3 against the Golden Bears the game before, recording one double and batting in two. He had no errors and 28 putouts on the week.

NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Photo#5 Gary Wilfahrt,Jr.
RHP, 6-1, 210, Sr.,
New Ulm, Minn.
New Ulm Cathedral HS
Minnesota Duluth

Gary Wilfahrt, Jr., was a perfect 2-0 in his pair of starts last week as he picked up non-conference wins over Augustana (3-2) and U-Mary (5-1). The Bulldog team co-captain maintained a 2.25 earned run average, working 12 innings (including a complete game performance in game one against Mary) while allowing seven hits. The righty gave up only three runs, striking out 12 batters while surrendering just two free passes. Opponents mustered a paltry .171 batting average against the hurler.

Week 1 Conference Standings

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The first week of NSIC play is in the books and the teams you expected to win did so.  The top 4 teams had big offensive outputs as they scored a combined 199 runs in the 16 games for an average of more than 12 runs/game.  These included –

  • Wayne State 19, Bemidji State 2
  • Minnesota State 21, Northern State 0
  • St. Cloud State 27, Minnesota Crookston 0

The biggest impact of the weekend wasn’t that St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and Augustana are 4-0.  It’s that 1 loss by Wayne State.  While losing a game to Bemidji is nothing to feel bad about, it may prove costly at the end of the season where there looks to be a much more competitive set of teams at the top of the standings.

We should know more this coming week when more teams are in action, although it’s interesting that none of the very top teams are really playing each other.  The best matchup is probably Minnesota State vs. Upper Iowa who is a bit of a mystery this year but is usually quite competitive.

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14 Responses to “Players of the Week & Where We Stand”


  1. 1 Anonymous March 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Kind of looking through the schedule and was wondering what everybody thought about one team playing 23 games at the Dome. I think the NSIC should put a limit on how many games a team can play there. An unfair advantage for other teams that don’t have the money.
    I guess nothing is fair in this old world.

  2. 2 Anonymous March 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    So would we also not let the southern teams in the conference get as many home games as they do in?

    Would no teams be allowed to take a Florida/Arizona spring trip then as well to make things fair?

    If some teams wouldn’t be allowed to play in the dome they would either not play or have to play more games down south in conference and in non conference.

    I don’t believe there would be anyway to maange this.

  3. 3 Anonymous March 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    St. Cloud sacraficed a trip to Florida/Arizona to be able to play that many games. Many teams have the money to do that it’s just how they choose to spend it.

  4. 5 cu17dad March 24, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Watching Augustana’s first 5 hitters strike the ball with authority most of last weekend, I felt one of their players would be P O W.
    Charlie Dubanoski consistently hit the ball hard even when making an out. Marks had an outstanding serfies in the field and at the plate.

    Good Luck to all NSIC teams this weekend as CU is playing a nonconference opponent in the dome.

  5. 6 WSCDad March 24, 2010 at 10:39 am

    The great news for Wayne is that StCloud, Mankato and Augie are all on our schedule – so the conference championship can be decided on the field and not based on an unbalanced schedule.

    And anonymous #2 – when you say “southern teams in the conference”, me thinks you confused. The southernmost team in the NSIC is Wayne and they still had snow on their field a week ago. So, how pray tell do they have any advantage? We just played four at Bemedji last weekend.

  6. 7 Anonymous March 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Not a major deal, but it’s good for the Bemidji’s and other Northern teams to finally get in some home games. I was talking more the past when Wayne and some others get many more home games.

    It really shouldn’t matter where the games are played, but playing at home does have it’s obvious advangtages.

    Good luck to all NSIC teams this weekend!

  7. 8 fishingmn March 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    UMD sweeps Concordia in a pair of close, non-conference games – http://cugoldenbears.com/Articles/03-24-10_-_Base_UMD.html

    Tough day for Concordia’s Nick Anderson who took the loss in both games.

    Duluth’s Orry Engebretsen was the offensive star going 7-10 in the 2 contests.

  8. 9 IMAFAN March 25, 2010 at 6:38 am

    A player was kicked out of the second game at Concordia late after a single. What was that all about?

    • 10 cu17dad March 25, 2010 at 6:42 am

      He ran out of the baseline and spiked the Concordia firstbase man. According to what I gathered from the internet radio broadcast. Some inappropriate words were being used on ball and srike calls as well prior to the incident.

  9. 11 imafan March 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

    nice guy huh. May make NSIC sportsmanship player of the week?

  10. 12 Anonymous March 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    He’s got my vote

  11. 13 John Plasha Sr. March 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Not the kinda guy I would want being one of my Tri-Captians.

    • 14 5timeplayeroftheweek March 31, 2011 at 3:47 am

      It happens all the time. Don’t act like you’ve never seen or heard it before, whether it be high school, college, or the minors/majors. Some people are just that damn competitive!


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