Mexicali, Mexico -- Mike Nolden, a senior wide receiver from Belleville, Wisconsin, who completed his career with the Beloit College Football team a month ago, has another chance to represent the Buccaneers as a member of Team Stars & Stripes in the annual Tazon de Estrallas (Bowl of Stars) on Saturday, December 17.
The annual event, in its 19th year, gives student-athletes from the U.S. an opportunity to travel internationally and enjoy a cultural exchange, then to compete against their Mexican counterparts on the football field. Team Stars & Stripes is an American select team made up of non-scholarship Division III senior college football players. The squad will take on the home team CONADEIP All Stars. The game will be played at Zorros Stadium at CETYS University.
The 54-player Team Stars & Stripes are scheduled to arrive in Mexico on Sunday, December 11, and in addition to installing their game plan during daily practice sessions at CETYS University, will conduct a service project with local youth and will enjoy a visit to the San Felipe Beach in Baja. 22 NCAA Division III schools are represented on the Stars & Stripes roster. In addition to Nolden, the Midwest Conference is also present with Lake Forest College's four players on the team.
Nolden, a three-time First Team All-MWC selection, the first Buccaneer Football player to be so honored since linebacker Tony Baratti from 2008-10, led the Bucs in receiving with 60 catches for 889 yards and nine touchdowns. The nine touchdown receptions were the second-most in the MWC and are the third-most in a season in Beloit history while the 60 catches are tied for the fourth-most in a season at Beloit and the 889 yards receiving were fifth-most in a season. For his career he finished as the all-time leader in receptions (193) and receiving TDs (30), was second in receiving yards (2,605) and fourth in all-purpose yardage (3,464). In his career he had eight 100-yard receiving games and two games with three touchdown catches, which ties for the most ever for the Bucs.