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Seven Spartans headline all-region teams

Southwestern places four men, three women on all-region teams

Four members of the Southwestern Community College men’s basketball team were awarded all-region honors Monday afternoon by the ICCAC.

Redshirt sophomore sharpshooter Terence Shelby Jr. garnered first team all-region honors for the first time in his collegiate career. Shelby Jr. scored 535 points (16.2 points per game) this season for SWCC, the fourth best mark of any player in the conference. The 6-2 guard has hit exactly 100 triples over the course of the season, the second most in the conference behind ICCAC player of the year Tray Croft.

In his final year with the Spartans, Shelby Jr. is shooting 45.6 percent from the floor, 41.8 percent from three and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. He also finished third in the conference in rebounds per game, notching 7.7 boards per contest over the course of the regular season and regional tournament. Shelby Jr. also finished inside the conference’s top 10 in steals per game with an average of 1.3 per game.

Freshman Gatdoar Kueth accompanied Shelby Jr. on the all-region first team, getting his regards in his first collegiate season. Kueth has scored 312 points over the course of the season, hitting 53.2 percent of his shots from the floor. The 6-7 guard/forward also snagged 3.7 rebounds per game while posting nearly a block per game average.

Kueth has played his best basketball in the second half of the season and in conference play where he averaged 12.5 points per contest.

Second team and honorable mention

Alijah Thomas, a sophomore guard for the Spartans, received a second-team nod for his performance this season. Thomas scored 373 points for SWCC for an average of 12.4 points per game. Thomas was an efficient shooter throughout the year with a 47.2 percent average from the floor and is an 87.2 percent free throw shooter.

Thomas also dished out an average of 3.7 assists per game, working his way toward a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio. He also grabbed 3.6 rebounds per game and racked up an average of 1.8 steals per game, the third most in the ICCAC.

Rounding out the Spartans’ selections was freshman Chad Moran, who was named an honorable selection for the all-region team. The 6-4 guard/forward started every game for the Spartans scoring 354 points in the process for an average of 10.6 points per game. The Lewis Central alum also pulled down an average 4.5 rebounds over his 33 game season.

All five of the main starters for Southwestern (the four all-region selections and Khallid Edwards) finished in the conference’s top-25 in total points scored, exemplifying the number of options SWCC had to put the ball in the hoop this season.

Iowa Lakes led the ICCAC with six selections to men’s all-region teams.

Women’s honorees

Two sophomores and a freshman on the Spartan women’s team earned all-region mentions Monday as T’Keyah Stapleton, Keaundra Washington and Jasmine Aviles found their names on the postseason awards list.

Stapleton received second-team consideration after scoring an average of 12.4 points per game for SWCC and a total of 347 points. The 5-7 guard shot 32 percent from the floor this season while also grabbing 4.2 rebounds per contest and assisting on 2.6 baskets per game.

Washington scored 273 points for Southwestern this season on her way to a third team all-region selection. At 5-5, the guard averaged 9.4 points per game and also pulled down 3.2 rebounds per game.

Aviles, a freshman shot 45.7 percent from the floor on her way to 307 total points, avergaing 10.2 points per contest. Aviles also pulled four balls off the glass per game.

The Spartan women matched their three selections for all-region teams from last season while the men’s team had five athletes receive recognition last year.

Nadira Oakman of Southeastern was named the ICCAC Div. II women’s player of the year. Kirikwood led the ICCAC with six selections to the women’s all-region teams.

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