By the Helena IR
Three Carroll College men’s basketball players were named Academic All-Conference, released by the Frontier Conference on March 23, 2014. Junior business majors Jake Hollifield and Nick Williams, and sophomore biology/pre-med major Ian Lorang made the men’s Academic All-Conference team. To be eligible, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at the school the previous two semesters.
It's finally that time of year for March Madness. Who doesn't love this time of year? The upsets, the downfalls, and the passion all combine for a really excellent display.
Well at Carroll College, there's a bit of a Madness expert among their coaching ranks. Saints men's basketball head coach Carson Cunningham actually played in the tournament, making it all the way to the Elite Eight as well as the Sweet 16 during his playing career at Purdue.
Carroll College junior forward Nick Williams of Bountiful, UT was named 2013-14 Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete by the NAIA’s league offices Monday. Williams, who is studying Business with a concentration in management and marketing was recognized for his excellence in the classroom.
"A big congratulations to Nick Williams for his Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete award. Only about 10-percent of eligible players receive this honor and it’s awesome that he is one of them. Here’s to a lot more award winners in the future for Carroll College Men’s Basketball," Fighting Saints head coach Carson Cunningham said.
In order to be nominated student athletes must be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director and maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale while reaching a junior academic status. Williams is one of 75 NAIA Division-I student-athletes nationwide to be honored.
Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson announced the 2013-14 All-Conference Men’s Basketball team, as well as individual award winners today after balloting by the league’s coaches.
Rocky Mountain College’s Bill Dreikosen was selected as the 2013-2014 Coach of the Year. Dreikosen led Rocky to their first outright regular season title in 20 years. The Bears also won the conference playoff title. Marcel Towns, a senior guard from the University of Great Falls, was selected as league’s Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Towns was the coach’s preseason pick as Player of the Year.
Tyree Anderson of Rocky Mountain College was named Newcomer of the Year. Tallon Robertson of Westminster College was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Zach Taylor of Carroll College was named Freshman of the Year. Jordan Pryor of Westminster College was named 6th Man of the Year.
Carroll College had three individuals selected honorable mention:
Taylor, was named freshman of the year. The Fighting Saints point guard from Duvall, WA averaged 14.5 points per game, 4.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 48% from the field and 83% at the free-throw line.
By Amber Kuehn, Helena IR
For the second straight season, a Carroll College men’s basketball player has been named the Frontier Conference Freshman of the Year. Zach Taylor, the Saints’ 5-foot-11 point guard from Duvall, Wash., earned the honor for the 2013-14 season. It comes on the heels of Riley King’s award a year ago. King, who left the school when he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, played just one season with the Saints.
"It was a tremendous honor to be named that out of all the people in our conference," Taylor said.
Taylor averaged 14.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 48 percent from the field and 83 percent at the free-throw line. He was also honorable mention all-conference, along with teammates Chris McGrath (15.5 ppg) and Dennis Mikelonis (6.2 rebounds).
By Amber Kuehn via the Helena IR
Carroll College may have missed the men’s Frontier Conference Tournament for the second straight year, but one could argue this season was a success. The Saints showed marked improvement from a year ago, as evidenced by their record alone. Carroll finished with nine wins — seven more than they had last season — and won four league games to climb out of the Frontier basement. They didn’t just move up one spot in the conference standings, but got better in nearly every facet of the game.
The biggest improvement came on defense, where the Saints were awful a year ago. After giving up 78.8 points per game last season, opponents on average scored just 70 ppg on Carroll this season. While that may not seem like a tremendous jump, it catapulted the Saints from the worst scoring defense in the league to the fourth best.
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