SJU football notebook: Field groundbreaking May 5 – St. Cloud Times
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COLLEGEVILLE — Former St. John’s football coach John Gagliardi and his family will be honored in a ceremony at 4 p.m. on May 5 marking the groundbreaking of Gagliardi Field.
The multi-purpose athletic facility, which will be located across the road from the Warner Palaestra, is expected to feature an artificial turf field and a seasonal dome.
The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. with a social and barbecue to follow.
Sura, Niederloh share award
COLLEGEVILLE — St. John’s seniors Sam Sura and Alex Niederloh were named co-winners of the 2016 Fr. Wilfred Theisen Student-Athlete of the Year Award at the St. John’s Senior Banquet held this past Sunday.
The award is sponsored by the SJU J-Club. Sura was a first-team All-American running back, who finished his career as the leading rusher in school history. The two-time All-MIAC first-team pick was the MIAC MVP in 2014 and a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, honoring Division III football’s top player, this past fall.
Niederloh was a two-time National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America All-North Region and All-MIAC first-team selection in soccer. He started all 18 games for the Johnnies this past season and tied for second on the team with three assists. He finished his career with 34 points (nine goals, 16 assists) and he was a two-time team captain.
Sura is the second football player to win the award in its four-year history, joining J.T. Ford in 2015. Golfer Dennis Granath earned the award in 2013 and soccer player Michael Coborn was the winner in 2014.
Nine Johnnies named to Honor Society
COLLEGEVILLE — Nine St. John’s football players were named to the 2016 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society when it was announced Wednesday.
A total of 868 players from 275 schools (Division I, I-AA, II, III and NAIA) qualified for membership. To qualify, a player must have been a starter or seen significant playing time in their final year of eligibility, have a 3.2 GPA through their entire course of undegraduate study and meet all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements.
The nine Johnnies honored were: Senior linebacker Reid Bjorklund (accounting, 3.81 GPA), senior offensive linemen Ben Brown (global business leadership, 3.64), senior wide receiver Josh Bungum (global business leadership, 3.50), senior wide receiver Billy Gagliardi (political science, 3.61), senior offensive lineman Matt Kadrlik (global business leadership, 3.39), senior linebacker Drake Matuska (biology, 3.61), senior defensive lineman Eric Pelant (global business leadership, 3.77), senior tight end Nick Simon (accounting, 3.90) and senior defensive lineman Jordan Tumilson (economics, 3.45).
Spring practice rolls on
The Johnnies continue with spring practices this week at Clemens Stadium leading up to the Red and White spring game, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.