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December 3, 2009

2009 Season - Trio of Vikings to represent USA in Mexico

Three Augustana senior football players have been selected to play in the 2009 Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) on Saturday, December 19 on the Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico, it was announced today. Offensive tackle Blaine Westemeyer (Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kansas), wide receiver Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) and defensive back Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) are among the 51 players selected to be members of “Team Stars & Stripes”.

Bill Manlove, who enjoyed an outstanding coaching career at several NCAA Division III schools, most notably Widener University, will be the head coach. He has selected a unit that will consist exclusively of NCAA Division III all-stars and Team USA will play the Tec Monterrey All-Stars on Saturday, December 19. This game replaces the old Aztec Bowl, which was sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Westemeyer, Parke and Setchell will join their teammates on December 14 and will practice at the Tec Monterrey (CEM) facility in Atizapan de Zaragoze near Mexico City.

Tec Monterrey is the premier private university system in Mexico with campuses in numerous locations around the country. Tec teams have captured eight of the past 10 Liga Major football national championships.

Westemeyer is one of the most decorated players ever to pull on an Augustana uniform. He was a three time first team all-conference selection in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and has twice been named to the AFCA All-American team. He was a consensus pre-season All-American and this fall he was one of just 16 players nationwide (and only two from NCAA Division III) to be awarded a National Football Foundation post-graduate scholarship. He was named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American team by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second consecutive season. He is a finalist for the Gagliardi Award as the NCAA Division III “Player of the Year”.

Parke etched his name in the Augustana record book this season as he caught 42 passes, the third highest single season total in school history. He also finished third on the school’s career receptions list as well with 97 catches. He already owned the second-best single season mark with 46 grabs in 2008. Parke also rushed for 1,253 yards in his career. He was a second team all-conference selection this year after being a first team pick as a sophomore and junior.

Setchell was a second team all-conference selection this year after he led the team in tackles with 72 (43 solo and 29 assists) with five tackles for loss, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, three pass deflections, on forced fumble and one quarterback sack.

Augustana, under the direction of veteran head coach Jim Barnes, finished the 2009 season with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the CCIW, which was good for third place.