Peru State notes: Graceland nips Peru State

PERU – Thirteen lead changes and 11 ties. That should tell the reader that the game between the Peru State men’s basketball team with Graceland in Lamoni, Iowa, Thursday night was a tight one.

The ‘Jackets led 74-72 with 14 seconds left after Graceland had made a pair of free throws. Peru State had two shots at the bucket, but came up short with both.

Graceland connected on 23 of 62 field goals for 37.1% but were deadly from downtown as they hit 11 of 27 for 40.7%. At the charity stripe, the ‘Jackets made 17 of 22 of 77.3%. Peru State shot better from the field than the Yellowjackets as they hit 24 of 57 field goals for 42.1%. The ‘Cats made 10 of 28 three-point attempts for 35.7%. At the free throw line the Bobcats were 14 of 18 for 77.8%.

Lyle Hexom finished with his 12th double-double this season. He went for 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Jones who had a game-high 22 points.

Graceland, who was receiving votes in the latest poll, improved to 12-6 on the season and 8-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The 17th-ranked Bobcats fell to 15-5 overall and 10-4 in conference play.

The ‘Cats are back in action on Saturday in another key Heart match-up. The second-ranked William Penn (Iowa) Statesmen are coming to the Al Wheeler Activity Center for a 4 p.m. tip-off. The Statesmen are 16-4 overall and are tied with the Bobcats for second with a 10-4 mark in the conference. William Penn dropped an overtime game at Grand View (Iowa) Thursday night.

Saturday’s contest will be the annual Coaches versus Cancer Suits and Sneakers contest. Fans will have an opportunity to recognize someone who has dealt or is dealing with cancer by signing a sneaker. A freewill donation will be available.

William Penn at Peru State

When: Women – 2 p.m. / Men – 4 p.m.

Where: Al Wheeler Activities Center, Peru

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM,,

10th Annual Peru State National Alumni Association Chili Feed Feb. 2

PERU – There will be plenty of activities taking place on Saturday, February 2, in the Al Wheeler Activity Center (AWAC), with the Peru State National Alumni Chili Feed being the highlight of the day. This will be the tenth annual hosting of the event on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks!

The activities will begin with a Bobcat women’s basketball game against Evangel (Mo.) beginning at 2 p.m. A men’s game with the Crusaders will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The annual alumni chili feed will start at 2:30 p.m. A free will donation will be accepted.

“The National Alumni Association is proud to welcome alumni and Peru State supporters to campus for the annual Chili Feed,” said Arlene Fell, NAA Co-Chair. “We hope to see a large crowd for food, fun and basketball.”

During both halftimes, the Fantastic Flyers of Gary’s Tumbling of Glenwood, Iowa, will perform. If you have not seen the Fantastic Flyers, you will have a treat coming as the team presents a show of acrobatics and tumbling.

Between the two basketball games, the Peru State athletic department will recognize student-athletes from the fall sports who received both athletic and/or academic honors. In addition, between games, an alumni group from the Fantastic Flyers will provide a short performance.

Admission prices for the basketball games are: Adults – $8, Seniors (age 65 and older) – $7, and Students (Ages 7-17) – $5.

There will be several fundraisers taking place that afternoon. The Peru State Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) will be having a split-the-pot raffle which will help defray costs for its members to the upcoming state leadership conference. In addition, Peru State’s Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will be hosting its second annual silent auction. Proceeds of the auction will go to support Foundation funds for three Bobcats lost last year – Coach Mark Mathews, cheerleader Kaelia Nelson, and football player Justin Haystrand. Also, part of the proceeds will also be given to Tesla (Oldfield) Davis, a former softball player and cross country runner, for her ongoing battle with ALS.

The Cat Cave will also be in the AWAC so alumni and fans can purchase some new Bobcat gear. Copies of “Shaping the Future Since 1867,” the College’s Sesquicentennial book written by Dan Sullivan, will be available for sale.

The Peru State Admissions Office will be hosting a Winter Tailgate event in conjunction with the chili feed. The event will include a tour of campus and an overview of the College. A prospective student and three guests will gain admission to the basketball games. For more information, contact the Admissions Office!

Boshart named Semi-Finalist for Wooden Cup Award

PERU – For the fourth year in a row, Peru State was honored with a semi-finalist in the “The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.” Senior football player Dan Boshart (Wood River) was among the 24 listed for the honor, along with the four finalists.

Fredrick B. Northrup of Athletes for a Better World provided the information regarding the Wooden Cup and noted, “Each year we have the honor of learning about an incredible number of young men and women who are living inspiring lives and who give us hope for the future of the country. It is not understatement for me to say that almost all of the nominees are more than worthy of being finalists for the Cup.”

From the ABW website, it notes that “The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup” is named in honor of John Wooden, a gentleman who embodied all of the characteristics of an athlete of excellence, during his distinguished career as basketball coach of UCLA. In his honor, the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes, one professional and one collegiate, for their character and leadership both on and off the field and for their contributions to sport and society. The goal of ABW is to make the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup the most prestigious award in all of sports. It is unique because it is open to all athletes in all sports and is given to those who have made the greatest difference in the lives of others.

Boshart was one of two student-athletes from an NAIA institution among the 25 semi- and finalists with the majority of those recognized coming from NCAA DI, DII, or DII institutions.

Daniel Boshart, Peru State College
Lydia Breen, Lehigh University
Kenneth Brinson, U. S. Military Academy, West Point
Kelly Campbell, DePaul University
Joshua Casher, University of Alabama
Cierra Couch, Kentucky State University
Erin Egan, Daemon College
Julia Hays, University of Delaware
Ben Harris, King University
Caleb Kelly, University of Oklahoma
Patrick Laird, University of California, Berkeley
Terrence Mann, Florida State University
Emily Miller, Wesleyan College
Nate Renfro, University of San Francisco
Travis Russell, Ferris State University
Caitlin Sorensen, Menlo College
Amanda Thompson, Mercer University
Jake Thompson, Western Wyoming Community College
Sam Toney, New Jersey City University
Drew Tranquill, University of Notre Dame
Tracy Van, University of California, Riverside
Brittany Ward, University of Missouri
Marcus Weymiller, University of Northern Iowa
Grant Williams, University of Tennessee
Jessica Wollmann, Radford University

And the four finalists are:
Abigail Abel, Purdue University
Nathan Clayberg, Drake University
Elizabeth Estep, Alfred University
Malani Lee, University of South Florida

Up to 100 nominations are received annually by ABW and are reviewed by a committee chaired by Vincent Dooley, former University of Georgia athletic director, and other distinguished individuals involved in athletics across the country.

The nomination has three parts to it. The first was a part which included essay-type answers from Boshart on training behavior, competitive nature, relationships with teammates and coaches, and response to victory and defeat.

An excerpt from Boshart’s comments on training behavior and competitive nature follows: “When I arrived at Peru State as a freshman quarterback, I did not look like an “athlete”. I was slow and awkward, and those two traits are not a good combination for a college athlete. Not many people would have expected me to see the field in my career, but I used that as motivation to outwork my teammates who were more skilled. I saw the field in two games as a sophomore, and in my junior year I was second on the team in passing yards and fourth in rushing yards. My senior season did not go the way I wanted due to injuries, but I still finished first on the team in both rushing yards and passing yards as the starting quarterback. No one, not even I, expected to see me become a captain and the starting quarterback in my senior year, but hard work, determination, and faith in God brought success that I had never anticipated.”

As to relationships with his teammates, Boshart noted: “Since the conclusion of my sophomore, season I have been a Bobcat Elite Leader. My coaches have twice selected me to be one of the team’s leaders. As an elite leader, I was given a team of eight to ten players whom I led through community service events, kept tabs of academically, and motivated athletically. A point total is kept with positive things adding points and negative things deducting points, each year’s winners are announced during fall camp. In the two years that I have been a Bobcat Elite Leader, I have made strong connections with many of my teammates as we created bonds in the community through several hours of volunteer work.  My team won the competition this last fall, and we will receive a plaque noting our accomplishments as the top elite team. At the start of the 2018 season, I was voted as one of four captains by my teammates. I was honored to be chosen, and it gave me great pride to see how my teammates respected me by putting me in a leadership capacity such as captain.”

The second section of the nomination was a culmination of all the awards and honors Boshart has received while at Peru State which reflects how the nominee is as a person on campus, in the community, and the world. It reflected the athlete’s leadership off the playing field, positions held and influences made; charities/good works, differences made, and the hours put into the appearances; and finally the nominee’s academic background.

The third portion of the ten-page nomination/application included letters of recommendation from Peru State president Dr. Dan Hanson and Dr. Sara Crook, Professor of History/Political Science.
The final pages of the nomination included several press clippings noting Boshart’s successes while at Peru State.

As note earlier, Boshart became the fourth Peru State student-athlete in a row to become a semi-finalist. Last year, football player Gunnar Orcutt (Omaha) was a semifinalist. The previous two semifinalists were Peru State women’s golfer Marisa (Pribnow) Zornes (Lincoln) and Bobcat football player Logan Paben (Columbus).

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