Schwarz, Regal receive mens basketball all-NAC accolades
Athletics - posted on 3/4/2009
Lakeland freshmen Jake Schwarz and Josh Regal have been recognized by the Northern Athletics Conference for their play during the 2008-09 regular season, as the league announced its all-conference teams Thursday.
Schwarz, a 6-foot-5 forward, was named honorable mention All-NAC and is a member of the All-Freshmen team. In 25
games played, including 19 starts, the Sheboygan native averaged team-highs of 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds, which were good for ninth and fourth in the conference, respectively. He also shot 53.8 percent from the field and 85.1 percent from the free throw line.
Schwarz's ability on the block, as well as his midrange shooting ability, make him one of the toughest match-ups in the conference on the offensive end.
"Jake had a very good year offensively, especially hitting some big shots for us at the end of games," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "If he works hard this off-season, he can be a strong defender and a leader out there on the floor."
Regal (Suring) joined Schwarz on the All-Freshmen team. The 5-foot-10 point guard started all 25 games for the
Muskies, averaging 15.6 points, which was 11th in the league. Regal also led Lakeland in minutes (33.2 per game), assists (84) and steals (27), and shot a solid 77.4 percent from the charity stripe.
As the team's primary ball-handler, Regal posted an impressive 1.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He coupled his fantastic quickness and ball-handing with his superb ability to make plays off ball screens to emerge as Lakeland's second-leading scorer and top playmaker.
"We probably asked Josh to do a little bit too much for us this year, but he handled his duties as well as he could," Aanonsen said. "We asked him to create, score and not turn the ball over, and he did a pretty good job with that. He has what it takes to be a great college point guard."
The Muskies were represented on the All-Sportsmanship team by senior forward Peter Worth. The Sheboygan native started all nine games for Lakeland prior to tearing his
anterior cruciate ligament in practice in late December.
Worth was a leader on the floor by example and was one of the Muskies' best defenders and rebounders. He averaged 6.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.
"Pete represents what Lakeland basketball is all about," Aanonsen said. "He put the needs of others ahead of his own and worked extremely hard. He helped us out as a player-coach, and helped our younger guys learn and grow."
Senior guard Jared Bailey of NAC South Division champion Benedictine captured Player of the Year honors, while Edgewood's Ben Wisniewski took home Freshman of the Year. Rockford coach Ryan Rebsom, who led the Regents to a second-place finish in the North Division, was named the league's Coach of the Year.
To see the complete list of 2008-09 All-Northern Athletics Conference award winners, click here
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