Six Regents Catch NAC Honors
Friday, May 15, 2009
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, IL – Unfortunately, the 2009 season did not end for the Regents the same way the previous two did, with a Northern Athletics Conference Championship. That certainly was not for a lack of effort or individual skill. That fact was further proved on Thursday when the Northern Athletics Conference released it 2009 All-Conference teams. Listed among the best in the conference were six Regents. Seniors Chris Brockman (Freedom, WI/ Freedom) and Shaun Dascher (Lena, IL/ Lena-Winslow), and junior Travis Mohr (Bryant, IA/ Northeast) were named to the first team, while Tyler Clay (Sammamish, WA/ Eastlake) and Rob Wiest (Machesney Park, IL/ Harlem) received honorable mention. Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, WI/ Kaukauna) led the NAC All-Freshman Team as the conference’s Rookie of the Year.
For Brockman, an art major, this is his second NAC post-season honor. In 2009, Brockman hit .371, while leading the Regents in hits (62), doubles (21), and RBI’s (56). Brockman is also Rockford’s career leader in at bats (604), career doubles (47) and career RBI’s (151).
Dascher, a sports management major, was the catalyst for Rockford’s record setting offense. The three-time All-NAC performer was second on the team in hits with 61 and set a school record with 62 runs scored. Dascher also set records for hit by pitches in a season (20) and career (49) and missed the school’s steals record of 25 by one.
Mohr, a junior physical education major, led Rockford with a 7-2 record and 2.94 earned run average, including 5-0 against NAC competition. Mohr recorded 24 strikeouts in 49.0 while allowing only 16 earned runs throughout the year.
This is the third season during which , Clay, a junior accounting major, has been honored. Clay was honored as a utility player, displaying excellence as both a field player and pitcher. At the plate, Clay hit .349, recording 53 hits, and scoring 55 runs. On the mound, Clay went 2-2 with a 4.26 earned run average, while recording 25 strike outs in 31.2 innings. Clay was also named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Wiest, a senior anthropology/ sociology major, was a solid back stop for the Regents in 2009. Wiest hit .308 on the year, while starting 39 of Rockford’s 41 games. His 53 RBI’s were second on the team. Perhaps his most important role for the Regents was as one of the NAC’s best catchers, allowing just one passed ball and eight stolen bases.
Dercks, a freshman shortstop, wasted little time in his transition from high school to college baseball. Dercks hit .385 with 50 hits, including four home runs. Dercks also recorded 35 RBI’s and 21 walks.