Sports / The Prairie Fire / March 4, 2010

Kozak garners All-Midwest honors

On Monday, Prairie Fire sophomore forward Joe Kozak, who hails from Park Ridge, Ill., was named to the All-Midwest Conference men’s basketball team.

Kozak earned honorable mention honors after an outstanding sophomore season.

“Joe being selected to the all-league team was an appropriate honor for Joe,” Prairie Fire head coach Rob Purlee said. “Joe’s a tough customer … my kind of guy. He’s about as blue collar as they come in terms of basketball ability. Joe is a player for the ages because he brings things to the court that any coach anywhere at any time would admire. Now, we need to start picking up some W’s.”

Kozak started 17 games for the Prairie Fire and finished second on the team with an average of 11.5 points per game, first on the team in rebounds (6.0 per game) and first on the team in free throws made (80) and attempted (102). His average of 7.3 rebounds against conference foes ranked him sixth in the Midwest Conference (MWC) this season. Kozak also finished first on the team and sixth in the MWC, with a .538 field goal percentage.

“It was really tough after [junior] Matt [Goedeke] got hurt and filling in his shoes,” said Kozak, who had four double-doubles this season. “I was not trying to get All-Conference or anything. I was just trying to play hard every night. It will be good to have Matt back. I’m really happy and I want to keep it up next season.”

Matthew Wheaton

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