Three Franklin College Student-Athletes Earn HCAC Player of the Week Honors


Three Franklin College student-athletes have earned recognition as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Player of the Week for helping lead their respective fall sports teams to victories last week.

Junior linebacker Austin Day was named the HCAC’s Football Special Teams Player of the Week. Senior libero Mackenzie Wieneke earned Volleyball’s Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, and freshman forward Maddie Fleet was honored in women’s soccer.

Day helped the football team post its first shutout since 2012, by blocking a 33-yard field goal attempt to set up the Grizzlies’ first score in last Saturday’s game against Anderson University. He also contributed six tackles, including two tackles for loss, in the 56-0 win that began conference play.

Wieneke totaled 122 digs and averaged 7.2 digs per set as the volleyball team won three of five matches last week. Her 39 digs in a victory over Aurora University in the Illinois Wesleyan University ranks second nationally in a four-set match. Then, Wieneke had 41 digs in a five-set loss to Augustana in the tournament.

Fleet netted a hat trick and added an assist as the women’s soccer team scored a season-high seven goals last Tuesday at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. The forward leads the HCAC with seven goals and 16 points.

The football team takes its 1-2 record (1-0 in HCAC) to Bluffton University on Saturday, September 26, starting at 1:30 p.m. The volleyball team is 6-9 on the season and begins a three-match homestand on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. against Spalding University. The women’s soccer team stands 5-1 this fall and travels to Spalding on Tuesday, September 22, at 6 p.m., before hosting Millikin University on Saturday at 1 p.m. from Faught Stadium.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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