The Palouse Mall Student-Athlete of the Week recognizes Cougar student-athletes for their performance in the athletic arena each week. Check the official website of Cougar Athletics, WSUCougars.com, each week for the latest honorees.
Oct. 11-Oct. 17
Deone Bucannon, Football
In the Oct. 16 game vs. Arizona, Bucannon had a season-high 16 tackles. It was the most tackles by a Cougar since Oct. 6, 2007 when Xavier Hicks had 17.
Rugile Mileisyte, Swimming
At the Pacific Invitational, Oct. 16, Rugile Mileisyte led the Cougars, winning four individual events and was also a member of the first-place 200 freestyle relay team. The senior won the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle, and topped the field in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle
Oct. 4-Oct. 10
Jared Karstetter, Football
In the Oct. 9 game vs. Oregon, Karstetter grabbed a career-high 10 catches for 106 yards, including a 35-yard fade pass from quarterback Jeff Tuel in the second half.
Varsity Eight Crew, Rowing
The varsity eight crew of Lexi Ryman (cox), Annie Eastwood (bow), Sarah Wolff, Liz England, Lisa Roman, Justine Galbraith, Christina Kinck, Katie Dick, and Natasha Ostopovich (stroke) captured the women's collegiate eight OGE NightSprint championship at Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 9 After finishing second in the women's collegiate eight head race earlier in the day to earn a spot in the Grand Final of the NightSprint, the Cougars' A boat edged out Stanford A to take first in the race with a time of 1:31.300 over the 500m course.
Sept. 27 - Oct. 3
Eileen Maes, Soccer
Maes became the sixth Cougar in school history to record at least three goals in a match when she found the back of the net three times in Washington State's 4-0 victory over Gonzaga, Oct. 1. The midfielder from Oakland, Calif., scored in the 51st minute on a direct kick from 35 yards out. In the 87th minute, she picked up her second goal off a corner kick. She completed the hat trick in the final minute after receiving a through ball, dribbling into the box on the right side and beating the Gonzaga' goalkeeper. Maes' effort earned her Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors. It is the first player of the week honor for Maes and the eighth all-time for Washington State.
Jeff Tuel, Football
Tuel, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., went 20 for 37 for 311 yards and two touchdowns at UCLA, Oct. 2. Tuel threw second quarter TD passes to Jeffrey Solomon and Daniel Blackledge. It was the second time in his career that Tuel threw for over 300 yards. His other 300-yard effort came last season at California when he threw for 354 yards.
Sept. 20 - Sept. 26
Emma Betland, Women's Golf
Needing a birdie on the final hole to capture the team title at the Cougar Cup, Betland, a sophomore from Forbes, NSW, Australia, did exactly that, propelling the Cougars to a one-stroke victory over No. 42 Washington. It was the first tournament title in more than two years for the Cougars. With the Huskies already in the clubhouse with a score of 918 (+54), Betland, WSU's last golfer on the course, had to birdie the 18th hole for the Cougars to win the title outright. Betland finished tied for fourth to lead the Cougars, carding a 54-hole total of 225 (+9). This was the first top-10 finish this season for Betland, and the second of her career.
Justin Englund, Men's Cross Country
Englund, a junior from Federal Way, Wash., won the individual title and led the Cougars to the team title at the Erik Anderson Memorial Invitational Cross Country in Spokane, Sept. 25. Englund clocked a time of 25:14.11 over the 8000m course at Plantes Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley.
Sept. 13 - Sept. 19
Emma Stolz, Soccer
Stolz was named MVP of the Outriggers Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic, hosted by Hawaii, in leading the Cougars to the tournament title. The Woodinville, Wash., native registered her first-career multi-goal match against Hawaii, Sept. 17. She scored the game-winner in the 23rd minute and capped the scoring in a 3-0 victory during the 53rd minute. Against Pepperdine, Sept. 18, the senior forward blasted a shot from 22 yards out in the 54th minute for the only goal of the match.
Trent Sanders, Men's Golf
Sanders led a contingent of Cougars finishing in the top 20 at the Palouse Cougar Collegiate, carding a three-round total of 206 (-10) en route to a fourth-place individual effort to lead the team. The Cougars won the team title for the second time in as many years, posting an 827 (-37) at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club to finish 12 strokes clear of second place. The total was the lowest 54-hole score in school history.
Sept. 6 - Sept. 12
Megan Ganzer, Volleyball
Ganzer was named to Nike Cougar Challenge all-tournament team. In three matches, Ganzer averaged 24 kills per match, including 30 kills vs. Eastern Washington, Sept. 9. In addition, Ganzer tallied 26 kills and 10 digs vs. Cal Poly, Sept. 11. Through Sept. 12, Ganzer leads the Pac-10 and is second nationally in kills per set at 5.91 and points per set at 6.41.
James Montgomery, Football
In his first start since a devastating leg injury that threatened to end his career last season, Montgomery rushed for 116 yards and had a touchdown in the Cougars' 23-22 win over Montana State, Sept. 11. Following the SMU contest last year, the Cougars' third game of the season, Montgomery went to the emergency room with swelling in his lower leg. He was immediately rushed to the operating table suffering from acute compartment syndrome, where blood flow to the muscle is restricted. After almost a year of rehab, and another surgery on his opposite knee, Montgomery sits atop the Cougar depth chart at running back. In his first start since the injury, Montgomery rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries at Oklahoma State. He followed that performance with his 100-yard effort vs. Montana State. Montgomery was also the last Cougar back to rush for 100 yards, gaining 118 against Hawaii last year.
Aug. 30 - Sept. 5
Micaela Castain, Soccer & Megan Ganzer, Volleyball
Castain, a freshman from Castro Valley, Calif., scored three goals to lead Washington State past Weber State 4-1, Sept. 5. After WSU fell behind 1-0 in the first half, Castain's tallied a pair of goals to put the Cougars on top 2-1 at halftime. She added a goal in 70th minute to complete the hat trick. Castain became the fifth Cougar to score at least three goals in a match and the second freshman (Kim Lynass in 1990) to accomplish the feat. It was only the 12th time in school history a player has scored three or more goals and the third time on the road.
Ganzer, a junior from Black Diamond, Wash., racked up a career-high 30 kills to lead the Cougars to a four-game win over San Francisco, Sept. 4. Ganzer was named to the USF PowerAde Asics Challenge All-Tournament team. In the tournament's three matches, Ganzer tallied 65 kills.
Jono Lafler, Men's Cross Country
Lafler, a junior from Maple Valley, Wash., won the men's individual title in a dual meet vs. Washington, Sept. 3. Lafler won the 6000m race, run on a flat and grassy course, in a time of 18 minutes, 22.64 seconds.
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