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Junior Josh Regal, freshman Justin Ward and senior Sam Schroeder of the Lakeland College men's basketball team have been recognized by the Northern Athletics Conference for their play during the 2010-11 season, as the league announced its all-conference teams Tuesday
Regal, a 5-foot-10 guard, was one of six players named the NAC's second team. The Suring, Wis., native led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio with 2.1, was second in assists with 145 and fifth in steals with 58. He led the Muskies in scoring at 12.9 points per game, 3-point field goals made with 51, and minutes played with 32.4. Regal became the 36th player in Lakeland's men's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career. His 145 assists is eighth best in single season Lakeland history.
"Josh did a great job for us the whole year," Lakeland head coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "He knew when to be a distributor and when to take over a game with scoring. He had a great feel this year and he made himself a more complete player, which in the end helped us be more successful."
Ward, a forward from Wisconsin Dells, Wis., became the Muskies' fourth players named to the All-Freshmen team in the last three years. He played in 22 games and became a starter in the last-half of the season. He was second in the conference in blocked shots with 34 and averaged 9.8 points per game. He led the team with 4.6 rebounds per game.
"Justin's progress throughout the year was phenomenal," Aanonsen said. "He gained a lot of confidence throughout the year. He's been receptive to coaching and changing positions and I'm excited to watch him grow over the next three years as a student-athlete. I think he can be a special player."
Lakeland was represented on the All-Sportsmanship team by senior guard Sam Schroeder. The Shawano, Wis., native played in six games this season, but ended his Lakeland basketball career as one of two members of the 2007-08 NAC Tournament Championship team. He appeared in 61 games, starting in 12. Schroeder averaged 1.8 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game.
"Sam is the most unselfish, team oriented player I have ever coached. He has always been a positive influence to our team on and off the court, and his leadership has been instrumental to our program the past several years. His personality is infectious, and I am blessed to be able to coach him the past four years."
Senior forward Austin Meier of the Milwaukee School of Engineering was named the league's Player of the Year while Shawn Cassidy of Concordia, Wis., garnered Coach of the Year accolades.
To see the complete list of 2010-11 All-Northern Athletics Conference award winners, click here.