MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University junior wide receiver and kick returner Christian Jessie was named the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week after taking a third-quarter Ferris State kick off back 99 yards for a touchdown, breaking a Superior Dome record.
The Wildcats lost the game, however, 32-31, to the Bulldogs.
Jessie's eight touchdowns this season came in three different fashions - six receiving, one rushing and one on the kick return - and he led the Wildcats in receiving with 33 catches for 501 yards.
As a kick returner, Jessie led the GLIAC averaging 28.6 yards per return.
BELMONTE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Two-time GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week Rockne Belmonte, a senior Wildcat kicker and punter, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV team.
Athletes are selected through voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, student-athletes must be sophomores, a varsity starter or key reserve and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30.
Belmonte has a 3.38 GPA and finished his career at NMU with the record for most field goals made in a career (45), most field goals made in a season (15 in 2011) and longest field goal made (58 yards in 2012).
KEARNEY NAMED GLIAC SWIMMING AND DIVING ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Wildcat sophomore diver Molly Kearney was named the GLIAC Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week after winning a pair of events at the Border War in Stevens Point, Wis.
Kearney, who has yet to lose a diving competition yet this season, won the 1-meter dive at Wisconsin-Stevens Point with an NCAA Championship qualifying score of 393.5. She also won the 3-meter dive with a 400.8.
WILDCAT HOCKEY TEAM DROPS TO NO. 19
The NMU hockey team fell from No. 16 to No. 19 in this week's USCHO.com Top 20 poll after losing and tying at Miami over the weekend to fall to 4-4-2 overall on the season.
NMU lost 5-2 on Friday to the RedHawks and tied 2-2 on Saturday, before dropping the shootout, 2-0. Only the CCHA recognizes the shootout result.
Miami moved up one spot from No. 5 to No. 4. Of the Wildcats five opponents this season, Wisconsin is the only unranked school.
Nebraska-Omaha sits at No. 18, Michigan is No. 13 and Notre Dame is No. 8.
No. 19 NMU travels to unranked Ohio State this weekend for a pair of 7:05 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday.