Four Eureka College football players have been named to the All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference teams, the league announced Nov. 18.


Four Eureka College football players have been named to the All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference teams, the league announced Nov. 18.

Junior tight end Alex Hess, junior free safety Mike Minehan and junior wide receiver Wes Schmidgall received first-team recognition, while sophomore quarterback Sam Durley was chosen for the second team.

Hess and Minehan are Washington Community High School graduates.

Hess emerged as a dual-threat for the Eureka offense in 10 starts this season, running for four touchdowns and receiving another for a total of five scores this season.

He made 37 catches for 434 yards while splitting time as a tight end and slot receiver.

Hess turned in his best effort of the season at St. Scholastica Sept. 11, rushing for two touchdowns and setting a career-high with 72 receiving yards.  

The UMAC award marks the second time Hess has received first-team all-conference honors at Eureka since transferring from Illinois Central College in 2009.

He was all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in baseball last spring.

Minehan anchored the Eureka defensive unit in 2010, making 121 tackles as the Red Devils’ free safety.

He also recorded 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and two interceptions. His 12.1 tackles per game ranked second among UMAC players and 11th overall in Division III.

Minehan was a two-time UMAC Defensive Player of the Week, earning recognition from the league Sept. 28 and again Oct. 19.

He made at least 10 tackles in seven of Eureka’s 10 games this season, and his 24 stops against Minnesota-Morris Sept. 25 were the fourth-most in a single game by a Division III player in 2010.  

Minehan added interceptions in the season opener against Benedictine Sept. 4 and at Westminster Oct. 9.

Eureka College senior Natalie Wetterauer swam the fifth-fastest 200-yard freestyle time in school history in 2:13.85, leading the Red Devils at the Illinois Wesleyan Swimming and Diving Invitational Saturday at Fort Natatorium in Bloomington.
 
Wetterauer, also a WCHS grad, shattered her previous career-best in the event by more than three seconds to finish 12th in the race.

Her time was the fastest by a Red Devil in the event since Katie Ludewig clocked in at 2:11.23 in 2005.  

Wetterauer added a second 12th place finish with a time of 1:09.21 in the 100-yard butterfly.