Three Players, Coach Arvan Receive LMC Women's Basketball Honors
Athletics - posted on 2/28/2006
Lakeland College women's basketball coach April Arvan and three players were honored as the Lake Michigan Conference announced its postseason awards on Tuesday.
Gaining All-LMC honors were seniors Kristi Thill (Garden, Mich./Big Bay de Noc) and Beth Porter (St. Charles, Ill./East). Sophomore Jenna Boehm (Green Bay/Preble) was also named to the Honorable Mention squad.
Thill led the Muskies in scoring, averaging 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. This was her second honor as All-LMC. She also received Honorable Mention following her freshman season.
"Kristi Thill is the complete reason why we are where we are right now," said Arvan. "She is the reason why we lasted as long as we did these past four months and turned out to be regular season champs. She is a very humble player and very good player. I can't say enough about her."
Porter, a first time All-LMC selection, averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season, and tallied 19 blocks.
"Beth has been steady since she has been a freshman," said Arvan. "I have always thought she would be one of the best players in our league when we recruited her. Its nice to get our two seniors that played the majority of our minutes on the All-Conference team. It represents the efforts of fellow seniors Kari Panske, Kristi Panske and Nikki Boeckh."
Boehm shot 59 percent from the floor on the season, averaging 10.6 points and a team high 6.8 rebounds per game. The Honorable Mention was her second.
"Without a doubt, if Jenna Boehm had not of played the way she did the last three weeks of our season, averaging about 19 points in the tournament going into Saturday's game, we would not be where we are," said Arvan.
Arvan was named LMC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in her 12-year career after directing the Muskies to their eighth regular season LMC championship and fifth NCAA Division III Tournament appearance during her tenure. The 21-7 finish is the Muskies' seventh 20-win season in the last nine years.
"If I could print Kristi Thill on the coach of the year plaque, I would," said Arvan. "I would have coached the same way whether Kristi was here or not. She is the reason we are where we are. I am humbled by the coaches of the league selecting me, but I will print Kristi's name on the award if possible."
The Muskies will travel to Wheaton, Ill., on Friday, March 3, for an NCAA Tournament first round match-up with Maryville, Mo. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
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