Menlo College doubled its total from last year's NAIA Independent Players of the Week honors as junior free safety Beau Bussani was selected NAIA Independent Defensive Player of the Week and freshman kicker-punter Kevin Kurtz was named Special Teams Player of the Week om Tuesday.
Both players came up big in the Oaks' 21-10 victory over host Chapman over the weekend. Bussani, a preseason NAIA All-Independent selection, led the Oaks with eight solo tackles and intercepted a pass to set up Menlo's first touchdown in a 21-10 victory over Chapman.
Kurtz was solid in the kicking game once again for Menlo, converting all three of his extra point attempts while also averaging 38.6 yards per punt. The freshman had a long of 50 yards in the game while also pinning Chapman inside its own 20 once and booting another punt into the end zone. Kurtz is 9-for-9 on PAT's this season.
Menlo College asistant coach Ben Quinto was named manager of the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League for the 2011 season it was learned Tuesday.
Quinto is in his second year on the Menlo coaching staff and will lead the River Bats during their season, which runs from from June through August and is comprised of college players.
Quinto, a shortstop at the University of San Diego, led the Torreros to back-to-back WCC titles, including their first ever, and an NCAA Regional. Quinto impressed in two summers playing for the River Bats when he led the team to consecutive division titles and earned a spot on the 2002 All-Star team.
Following his college career, Quinto was the starting shortstop for the Philippine National Team in 2003.