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Briar Cliff Basketball Players honored by GPAC

Briar Cliff Basketball Players honored by GPAC

The ninth-ranked Charger men’s basketball team had five players named to the 2018 Men’s Basketball All-GPAC Team. Erich Erdman and Jay Wolfe garnered first team honors, Jackson Lamb picked up second team privileges and Blake Wiltgen and Ethan Freidel earned honorable mention accolades. Wolfe was named the Co-GPAC Defensive Player of the Year and shared the honor with Kevin Miller of Hastings.

Wolfe, a native of Creston, Iowa, is second in scoring for Briar Cliff with 17.7 ppg. He is fourth in the GPAC for rebounds per game and corrals a team leading 6.9 rpg. His 214 total rebounds are good for third in the conference. Defensively, Wolfe cleans the glass with 5.7 rebounds and is second in the GPAC for defensive rebounds. He is a long-range sniper from beyond the arc, hitting 46.7 percent which ranks him 17th in the nation and third in the GPAC for that category. Wolfe is also efficient from the charity stripe, burying 84.1 percent of his attempts and ranks fifth in the GPAC in free throw percentage. Wolfe also hits 53.0 percent of his shots from the field. He is second on the squad in assists with 74 and fourth in steals with 29.

Erdman, a native of Forest City, Iowa, leads the Cliff in scoring this season with 18.9 ppg and ranks 24th in the NAIA for total points scored with 586 points. He orchestrates the BC offense and is 20th in the country in total assists with 154 helpers, which also ranks him 23rd in the nation for assists per game with 5.0. Erdman paces the GPAC in steals with 51 and averages 1.7 steals per game. He is magnificent at the charity stripe and is ninth in the nation and second in the GPAC, hitting 88.6 percent of his free throw attempts. Erdman shoots 51.7 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from distance this season.

Lamb, a native of Greenfield, Iowa, is the third most productive scorer for the Cliff this season with 15.3 ppg. He is sixth in the nation and first in the GPAC in total three pointers made with 96 triples this season. Lamb averages 3.1 three-pointers made per game which is good for 10th in the country and second in the GPAC this season. He is third on the team in rebounds with 4.3 rpg and second in steals with 37 takeaways. His 37 steals make him the fifth best defender in the GPAC this year. Lamb also contributes 20 assists and six blocks on the year. He earned shooting percentages of 45.2 from the field, 38.6 from downtown and 28.6 from the charity stripe.

Wiltgen, a native of Le Mars, Iowa, produces the fourth most points for the Blue and Gold this season with 9.7 ppg. He is the second-best rebounder on the team with 4.7 rpg and is third in the GPAC in offensive rebounds per game with 1.8 on the offensive end. Wiltgen is fourth on the team in assists with 50 helpers and third in steals with 30. He has piled up a team-high 16 rejections this season. Wiltgen hits shooting percentages of 62.2 from the field, 20.0 from downtown and 59.2 from the free throw line.

Freidel, a native of Tea, South Dakota, is the fifth most productive Charger with 8.4 ppg. He is tied with Dylan Janecek for fifth on the team in steals with 19. Freidel also pulls down 1.6 rpg and adds 17 helpers. He notches percentages of 38.0 from the floor, 38.7 from beyond the arc and 85.3 from the charity stripe.


The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team had three players named to the 2017-18 GPAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team with Johanna VaskeJulie Targy and Logan Ehlers all being named honorable mention.

Vaske, a sophomore forward from Bancroft, Iowa, was the leading scorer for the Chargers in her second season with 12.1 points per game with 374 points on the year. She was second in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game but did grab the most rebounds on the team with 168. Vaske also recorded 60 assists, 23 steals and 11 blocks. She shot 43.6 percent from the field (140-321) for the season. Vaske poured in a season-high 29 points against Midland and scored at least 20 points in six games and was in double figures in 16 contests. Her best game rebounding was 10 against Northwestern which gave her a double-double against the Red Raiders to go with 17 points.

Targy, a senior guard from Bellevue, Nebraska, led the Cliff in assists and steals during her fourth season with 92 assists and 67 steals. She chipped in 4.3 ppg and snared 3.1 rpg. Targy shot 45.2 percent from the field (47-104) and 72.9 percent from the free throw line (35-48). She dropped in a season-high 17 points against Olivet Nazarene and her best game in the assist column was nine against Midland. Targy also had at least four steals in six contests.

Ehlers, a freshman center from Shenandoah, Iowa, had a stellar first season in the Blue & Gold, setting the school record for most blocks in a season with 48. She also led the Chargers in rebounding with 5.8 rpg and she was second in scoring, dropping in 10.4 ppg. Ehlers shot 42.9 percent from the field (85-198) while adding 27 assists and 21 steals. She scored a season-high 22 points against Olivet Nazarene and her best rebounding performance was 11 against Morningside. She also had five blocks in two different games.

The Chargers went 10-21 overall this season and were 7-13 in the GPAC.

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