MSU's Stokes Earns All-Super Region Honors

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Midwestern State center Shadow Stokes earned Daktronics first-team All-Super Region honors for the second consecutive season as released by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America Wednesday morning.

The senior from Kilgore became the fourth offensive lineman in MSU history to repeat as an all-region selection and will advance to the Daktronics All-America ballot after garnering first-team accolades.

Stokes joins All-Americans Tony Burson (2006, 2007), Amini Silatolu (2010, 2011) and Ken Van Heule (2011, 2012) as Mustangs to achieve the feat.

Stokes is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference performer who also became the third MSU offensive lineman to to garner LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in the last five seasons last month.

He was tabbed to the All-Super Region Four's second team by Daktronics and Don Hansen's Football Gazette in 2013.

The 6-3, 290-pounder anchored an offensive line which paved the way for NCAA Division II's ninth best rushing attack (274.5 yards per game) as the Mustangs also ranked 14th in total offense churning out 493.7 yards per game.

Stokes is one of just five LSC student-athletes to earn first-team honors joining Eastern New Mexico senior running back E'lon Spight, West Texas A&M sophomore kicker Conner Hollabaugh, Angelo State senior linebacker Rush Seaver and Tarleton State senior safety Charles Moore.

Angelo State junior quarterback Kyle Washington and senior return specialist Anthony Yancy joined Eastern New Mexico senior linebacker Seth Bailey on the second team.

National quarterfinalist Colorado State-Pueblo dominated with 10 All-Super Region Four selections placing five on the first team and five on the second team as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference amassed 21 total selections. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) had 20 to the LSC's 8 and the Great Lakes Valley Conference's four.

Harlon Hill finalist Jason Vander Laan earned Daktronics Super Region Four Offensive Player of the Year honors after leading Ferris State to its first unbeaten regular season in its 106-year history.

The 6-4, 241-pound junior signal caller led all quarterbacks regardless of division with 1,466 rushing yards while passing for 2,381 yards and 30 touchdowns with a Division II-best 177.8 pass efficiency rating.

Colorado State-Pueblo's Darius Allen repeated as the Daktronics Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year as the 6-4, 251-pound senior defensive logged 51 tackles with 16.5 stops for loss and 10.5 sacks this season.

He forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles to lead the Thunderwolves to the national quarterfinals.

Midwestern State (6-4) completed its 15th consecutive season with a winning record.

M. Soccer: Power Earns All-America Mention

Midwestern State's Andrew Power garnered Daktronics honorable mention All America honors Wednesday as released by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The senior midfielder from Waterford, Ireland used his high work rate to produce a team-high 12 goals while leading the Mustangs to their 10th NCAA Division II postseason appearance before falling to national semifinalist Colorado Mesa.

Power netted three game winners and converted four penalty kicks as he drew the foul on each of them.

Power tallied six goals over the first four matches of the season scoring twice against Fort Lewis (Colo.) and Lubbock Christian. He found the back of the net in three straight games against St. Mary's (Texas), Texas A&M International and St. Edward's (Texas) later in the campaign then scored consecutive against West Texas A&M and Rogers State (Okla.).

He earned All-Lone Star Conference second-team honors as a sophomore in 2012 while finishing his career with 20 goals and nine assists for 49 total points.

Power is one of seven players from the South Central Region to gain All America mention joining first-teamers Andrew Fox of St. Edward's and Blake Carlson of Colorado Mesa. Fort Lewis' Yannis Becker and Colorado-Colorado Springs' James Roberts gained second-team honors while Regis' Martin Maybin garnered third-team mention.

Colorado Mesa's Roy Abergil also received honorable mention.

The NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association All-America teams in football, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and softball are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA.