All-Simpson Team

by Zach Jevne/Staff Writer

Men’s Basketball – Tim Dunlavy

The senior center from Bettendorf led the Storm on the court this year with the consistency that fans expected. For the third straight year, Tim Dunlavy led the team in scoring and rebounding. This year he averaged 16 points and a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game. He earned back-to-back IIAC Player of the Week awards in February, while recording four consecutive double-doubles. On Feb. 10, Dunlavy tallied career-highs with 37 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Buena Vista University. Dunlavy finished his career with 1,366 points and 647 rebounds, which rank ninth and seventh, respectively, on the school’s all-time list.”It’s great to see those numbers and see your name compared to some of the other great players at Simpson,” Dunlavy said. “It was a weird feeling in the locker room after the last game knowing I was done (with my career). It’s something I’ve played forever so I’ll miss playing and competing.”

Women’s Basketball – Stacey SchutjerThe Storm again won the regular season conference championship, technically co-champs, and Stacey Schutjer was a main factor in the team’s success. Simpson College has many contributors on the team, but the sophomore center from Titonka les the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Averaging 16 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots per game, Schutjer controlled the paint for the Storm.”The hard work in the offseason really paid off,” Schutjer said. “I’ve gotten a lot of help from the coaches, especially Maria Oliver, and other players. I’m one of the scorers, but each player has their own role that helps the team win.”

Men’s Indoor Track & Field – Wardell WatkinsWatkins started the season by winning two events at the first meet of the year, the long jump and triple jump. The following meet, Watkins won the long jump again by leaping 21 feet, 9 inches. At the Monmouth meet the senior from Olathe, Kan., turned in his best performance of the year in the long jump, 22-6 1/4 for second place.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field – Catie EllingsonRecords and honors are nothing new for junior Catie Ellingson. The Indianola native has finished first in every individual event she’s run this indoor season. She broke her own record in the indoor 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 14.84 seconds at the UNI Dome Open on Feb. 19. Ellingson’s time is the fifth-fastest 800 time in the nation this year, and she defeated numerous Division I opponents to win the event. A week earlier at Monmouth she won the 800 and the 1600 (5:04.92.) Her times in both events met the NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Ellingson has also won twice as the anchor of the 4×400-meter relay.”I don’t think about records or stuff like that,” Ellingson said. “I just want to do my best and compete. I’m really competitive. There’s always someone who will push you.”

Men’s Swimming – Terry HodgeDuring Simpson’s inaugural season of men’s swimming, Terry Hodge stood out in the water for the Storm. Winning several events, including the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, the freshman from Kansas City, Mo., led the Storm as they showed improvement throughout the year.

Women’s Swimming – Keely GoshiaThe freshman from Mead, Colo., didn’t waste any time making a “splash” for the Simpson women’s swimming team. Keely Goshia set school records in the 100 and 200-meter butterfly. She helped the Storm earn its first conference win and go 3-1 in home meets. She earned swimmer of the week and IIAC female athlete of the week this year. Simpson finished 3-3, the highest single-season win total since the program started in 1997.

Wrestling – Caleb BrusWrestling at 141 pounds, the junior from Creston led the Storm in wins on the mat this year going 24-12. Caleb Brus started out the season by winning the Knox Invitational. He won three of four matches at the Desert Duals in Las Vegas over Christmas break and received votes for a national ranking early in the year. One of his best wins of the year came against the nation’s sixth-ranked wrestler at 141 at the IIAC Duals. Brus finished sixth at the conference tournament.