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March 16, 2010

2009-10 Season - Senior Matt Pelton garners MVP honor

Senior captain Matt Pelton (Bloomington, Ill. Central Catholic HS, Houston, Texas), who finished his Augustana career having played more games in a Viking uniform than all but two players, has been named this year’s team MVP. Pelton was second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game and assists with 61 and led in three-pointers (45) and free throw percentage (.839).

The team leader in steals with 42, Pelton was also named the top defender for the 2009-10 Viking squad. He earned second team All-CCIW honors for the second year in a row (after being a third team selection as a sophomore) and finished in the top ten on Augustana’s career games played (109—third), steals (138—tied for fourth) and three-point field goal (116—tied for seventh) lists.

Junior forward Kyle Nelson (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) hauled in a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game to earn the team’s top rebounder award. Nelson, who had a breakout season, also led the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game and field goal percentage at .602. In addition, the first team All-CCIW selection was chosen, along with fellow junior Bryant Voiles (Byron HS, Byron, Ill.), as a co-captain for the 2010-11 season. Voiles had his 2009-10 season ended after three games by a foot injury.

Sophomore guard Eric Safranski (Putnam County HS, Mark, Ill.), was named the junior varsity MVP after averaging 19.6 points in five home contests.

2009-10 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS MEN’S BASKETBALL LETTERWINNERS

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN

HIGH SCHOOL

Chris Anderson*

F

6-4

188

So

Mount Carroll, Ill.

West Carroll

Mike Avallone***

G

6-4

193

Jr

Naperville, Ill.

Neuqua Valley

Drew Croegaert***

G

6-1

174

Jr

Geneseo, Ill.

Geneseo

Brian DeSimone**

G

6-2

190

So

Wheeling, Ill.

Buffalo Grove

George Dexter*

F

6-7

194

Fr

Bettendorf, Iowa

Bettendorf

Griffin Dwyer*

G

6-2

182

So

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Hersey

Josh Evans*

F

6-3

183

So

Skokie, Ill.

Niles North

Brandon Kunz*

F

6-7

202

Fr

Lake Zurich, Ill.

Lake Zurich

Kyle Nelson**

F

6-9

222

Jr

Deerfield, Ill.

Deerfield

Kameron Norton*

F

6-6

196

Fr

Downers Grove, Ill.

Downers Grove North

Matt Pelton****(C)

G

6-3

205

Sr

Houston, Texas

Bloomington Central Catholic

Troy Rorer*

G

6-2

193

So

Bettendorf, Iowa

Bettendorf

Eric Safranski*

G

6-0

180

So

Mark, Ill.

Putnam County

Luke Scarlata*

C

6-8

240

Fr

Berwyn, Ill.

J. Sterling Morton

Pete Wessels*

G

6-3

198

So

Bettendorf, Iowa

Bettendorf