Men's hoops team honors its own at postseason banquet
Athletics - posted on 4/29/2010
The Lakeland men's basketball team announced its 2009-10 postseason award winners at a team banquet on Tuesday night.
The Muskies finished the season 12-14, including an 8-8 mark in Northern Athletics Conference play. Lakeland qualified for the eight-team NAC Tournament but was defeated in the first round by Aurora, which went on to win the tournament and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Sophomore forward Jake Schwarz, who finished sixth in the nation in scoring with 23.1 points per game, was named the team's Most Valuable Player. The Sheboygan, Wis., native received first team All-NAC and first team All-Midwest Region accolades after finishing among conference leaders in rebounding (9.3 per game), field goal percentage (.539) and free throw percentage (.825).
Senior guard Khendal Andrews, who was often asked to guard the opponent's best player, garnered the Best Defender award. The Kankakee, Ill., native was also adept offensively, averaging 8.5 points per game on 36 percent shooting from 3-point range and 88 percent shooting from the free throw line.
The Most Improved Player honor went to junior forward Trevor McKown (Hot Springs, S.D.). After seeing limited playing time as a reserve in the 2008-09 season, McKown emerged as a low post threat for the Muskies, averaging 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds on 53.3 percent shooting in 26 games, including 20 starts.
McKown also earned the squad's Humility Award.
Sophomore guard Hunter Wolf received the team's "Spark Plug" award as a player who brought energy and passion to the game. Wolf, a Menasha, Wis., native, earned more playing time as the season went on and eventually earned a spot in Lakeland's regular rotation. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 22 games played.
Wolf also received the Passion-Dedication Award.
Other honorees at the team's 2009-10 banquet include junior guard Phil Sontag (Servanthood Award) and sophomore guard Josh Regal (Unity Award). Sontag (Altoona, Wis.) started 14 of 23 games for Lakeland, while Regal (Suring, Wis.) led the Muskies in assists (120) and steals (43), and was the team's second-leading scorer (13.0 points per game).
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