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Manteca High grad ends career as DAC’s Most Valuable Senior

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POSTED December 15, 2009 1:25 a.m.

Manteca native Brian Rohles followed his best season with an even better one.

The 2005 Manteca High graduate and Minot State senior was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Most Valuable Senior while earning a spot on the all-league first team for the third straight year.

The 6-foot4, 275-pound lineman earned honorable mention to the seventh National Association of Interscholastic Athletics All-American football team after his junior season.

It was the year of the lineman in the DAC, as its all-around Most Valuable Player was defensive lineman Wacey Coleman of Black Hills State.

Rohles was one of 10 Minot State players to earn all-DAC honors.

“I was (surprised),” Rohles said of the recognition. “It’s not common for offensive linemen to get a postseason award line that, but I felt I worked hard for it. There were other guys deserving, but there’s a reason why I won it.”

Rohles and the improving Beavers set out to qualify for the program’s first NAIA postseason berth since 2002 and achieved the goal after winning a share of the DAC title with Dickinson State.

Minot State, ranked 14th among NAIA schools heading into the playoffs, drew defending national champion and Sioux Falls, which blew past the Beavers, 63-21. Top-ranked Sioux Falls takes on No. 3 Lindenwood for the NAIA title in Rome, Ga. on Saturday.

“We went into the season wanting to win the DAC,” Rohles said. “We took care of business and had fun while we did it. Our last one was tough, but those guys are going to win it all.”

With his collegiate career now behind him, Rohles will continue to pursue a degree in physical education and hopes to join a high school coaching staff in the Minot, N.D. area.

“I’d like to get my masters at some point and be a graduate assistant at the school, but if that doesn’t happen I’d like to teach what I’ve learned throughout the years at the high school level,” he said.

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