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Three Cougar men recognized by UMAC

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The University of Minnesota, Morris and Northwestern College, who claimed the top two spots in the final Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) men's basketball standings, each boasted three players on the all-conference first and second teams. Five other schools had two all-conference recipients on the list of postseason awards.

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Northwestern's Brian Lecheler headlined the UMAC All-Conference First Team that included Bethany Lutheran College's Derek Peterson, the College of St. Scholastica's Brett Tester, Martin Luther College's Greg Holzhueter, and Presentation College's Channing Coffey. Holzhueter, a senior, was selected to the five-member first team for the second consecutive year.

Lecheler, who has contributed to the Eagles' success in each of the last four years, averaged 12.2 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per conference game while making 60 percent of his attempts in 14 league contests. He was also the UMAC's assist-to-turnover ratio leader, boasting a mark of plus-3.2.

Martin Luther's Galen Holzhueter earned UMAC Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 14.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in conference affairs. Holzhueter made 48 percent of his attempts from the field. Following Northwestern's 13-1 conference record, which included 12 consecutive victories, Eagles head coach Tim Grosz was named the UMAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

In addition to the all-conference awards, the UMAC also showcased its best defensive players on the all-defensive team. Minnesota, Morris' Dan Fragodt, Bethany Lutheran College's Derek Peterson, Greg Holzhueter, Northland College's Zeb Woiak, and Northwestern's Nate Thompson were all recognized as all-defensive team members. Peterson has been named one of the league's top five defenders in each of his two seasons in a Vikings uniform.

2010-11 UMAC postseason awards

1st Team All-Conference

Derek Peterson - Bethany Lutheran College, Sophomore Guard

Brett Tester - College of St. Scholastica, Sophomore Forward

Greg Holzhueter - Martin Luther College, Senior Guard

* Brian Lecheler - Northwestern College, Senior Guard

Channing Coffey - Presentation College, Senior Forward

2nd Team All-Conference

Danny Schmitz - College of St. Scholastica, Senior Guard

Tom Gisler - Northwestern College, Sophomore Forward

Wade Chitwood - Northwestern College, Sophomore Guard

Dan Fragodt - University of Minnesota, Morris, Senior Guard

Derek Schmidt - University of Minnesota, Morris, Junior Forward

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Gavin Kroehler - Bethany Lutheran College, Sophomore Forward

Taylor Jones - Crown College, Sophomore Forward

David Glover - Crown College, Sophomore Forward

Nathan Bauer - Martin Luther College, Sophomore Guard

Joey Brennan - Northland College, Senior Guard

Josh Muellner - Presentation College, Junior Forward

Eric Dalbey - University of Minnesota, Morris, Senior Guard

All-Defensive Team

Derek Peterson - Bethany Lutheran College, Sophomore Guard

Greg Holzhueter - Martin Luther College, Senior Guard

Zeb Woiak - Northland College, Senior Forward

Nate Thompson - Northwestern College, Senior Guard

Dan Fragodt - University of Minnesota, Morris, Senior Guard

* Player of the Year Award - Brian Lecheler

Freshman of the Year Award - Galen Holzhueter

Coach of the Year Award - Tim Grosz (Northwestern College)

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