Gustavus Adolphus senior Ryan McPartland and junior Phil Wirtjes were named to the 2010 MIAC All-Conference team on Thursday afternoon. St. Thomas’s Tyler Nicolai was named MIAC Player of the Year, as Augsburg Head Coach Aaron Griess was named MIAC Coach of the Year. Senior Jesse Van Sickle was named Honorable Mention All-Conference and is a member of the 2010 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Ryan McPartland has been a starter in the Mark Hanson’s front-court the past two seasons. McPartland finished his senior season ranked first on the team in points (264), scoring average (9.8 ppg), and field goals made (108). McPartland ranked 17th in the MIAC in rebounding, averaging 5.3 rebounds per game, and 6th in the MIAC in field goal percentage at .540. He finished the season with 144 total rebounds, averaging 5.5 rebounds per game.
In his career at Gustavus, Ryan has played a total of 1616 minutes in 81 games. McPartland finishes his career with a field goal percentage of .535 (262-490), a three-point field goal percentage of .333 (10-30), and a free throw percentage of .690 (107-155). He has compiled a total of 376 rebounds, 63 assists and 37 steals. McPartland totaled 641 points with a career average of 7.91 points per game.
Phil Wirtjes, in his first full season as a starter in the Gustie back-court, ranked second on the team in scoring at 9.7 points per game. Wirtjes finished the season with a .487 (92-187) field goal percentage, which ranked him 12th in the MIAC. He also led the conference in three-point field goal percentage at .484 (34-64). Wirtjes scored in double figures 13 times this season, scoring a career high 22 points in the MIAC Championship game against Carleton. He concludes his junior season with a total of 261 points, 64 assists, 21 steals, and 78 rebounds.
Jesse Van Sickle, named to the 2008-09 All-Conference Team, was named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention team this season. Van Sickle finished with a scoring average of 9.4 points per game this season, while shooting .430 (96-223) from the field and .431 (37-97) from behind the arc. He started in all 27 games, playing an average of 25.5 minutes per game, and scoring a career-high 25-points against Bethel on Feb. 13.
Jesse Van Sickle finishes his career at Gustavus with a total of 950 points. He has a career field goal percentage of .459 (355-773), a career three-point field goal percentage of .431 (151-350), and a career free throw percentage of .761 (89-117). Van Sickle ranks fifth in Gustavus history in career three-point field goals made at 151. He is also one of only a handful of players to play in 100 games during his career at Gustavus, as he played in a total of 107 games while seeing the floor for 2734 minutes. Jesse finishes his career with a total of 258 rebounds, 167 assists, and 75 steals.