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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 11, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's Mike Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) and Christian Van Loenen (Falmouth, Maine) were both named to the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) All-State Team on Friday.
Russell was named to the first team for the second straight year, while Van Loenen made the second team and was honored for the first time as all-state.
Russell, who already has earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference First Team honors, led the NESCAC in rebounding (12.6), was seventh in scoring (16.0), second in steals (1.75), and eighth in field goal percentage (.519). Russell finished his career with 1,301 points, 931 rebounds, a .541 field goal percentage over four seasons, and 122 assists. Russell is just one of five players in Colby's storied basketball history to score more than 1,300 points and pull down more than 900 rebounds
Van Loenen, a co-captain with Russell, finished his Colby career with 620 points and 221 assists. He was fourth in the NESCAC in minutes played (32.92), tied for fifth in steals (1.50), seventh in free throw shooting (.830), seventh in assists (3.50), and 10th in scoring (13.4). Van Loenen was strong in league games, moving up to sixth in scoring (15.8), fourth in steals (1.67), and third in minutes played (33.89).
Maine All-State Teams
First Team All-State
Jarrad DeVaughn, Thomas, sophomore; Brian Ellis, Bates, senior; Will Hanley, Bowdoin, junior; Josh Jones, Husson, senior; Mike Russell, Colby, senior
Second Team All-State
Andrew Duncanson, Thomas, senior; Zach O'Brien, Saint Joseph's, junior; Eric Taylor, Maine-Farmington, senior; Jay Uhrin, Husson, senior; Christian Van Loenen, Colby, senior
Charles Fenner, U. New England; Ben Johnson, Maine-Farmington; Luis Medina, Husson; Franklin Salvador, Thomas; Pet Sumner, Maine-Farmington
Player of the Year: Josh Jones, Husson; Rookie of the Year: Franklin Salvador, Thomas; Coach of the Year: Warren Caruso, Husson