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Bunky Harkleroad Named WVIAC Coach of the Year

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Bunky Harkleroad was named WVIAC Coach of the Year

Princeton, WV – West Liberty senior guard Hillary Southworth has been named the WVIAC’s Player of the Year, as voted on by the league coaches. Pitt-Johnstown guard Jasmine Harper has been named the conference’s Freshman of the Year while Glenville State’s Bunky Harkleroad has been tabbed the Coach of the Year.

Southworth guided the Hilltoppers to a second-place finish in the WVIAC regular-season standings. She keyed WLU into winning 10 of its last 12 games of the regular season, propelling the squad into second. Southworth, a native of Twinsburg, Ohio, led the Hilltoppers to a 19-7 overall mark, including a 17-5 record against league competition.

She garnered four WVIAC Player of the Week accolades on the year. Southworth led the WVIAC with her scoring average of 24.2, which is the second-best mark in Division II this season. In the WVIAC, she finished fifth in minutes played per game (35), sixth in three-point field goals made per game (2.12), seventh in free throw percentage (79.9 percent), eighth in steals per game (1.96) and 12th in three-point field goal percentage (37.7 percent).

Harper, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, helped the Lady Cats into the upper echelon of the WVIAC with her solid campaign. She led the team in offensive rebounds (72), was second in field goal percentage (48.3 percent) and rebounds per outing (6.6) and was third in points per game(8.5). Harper finished fifth in the league standings for offensive rebounds per game (3.13), 10th for field goal percentage and in 16th in rebounds per game. It marks the second straight season that UPJ has had the Freshman of the Year as Kaitlynn Fratz picked up the honor a season ago.

Harkleroad guided Glenville State to the WVIAC regular-season championship after registering a 26-2 overall mark, including a 21-1 record against league competition. The award is the first for Harkleroad and marks the fifth time that a coach from GSC has won the award. He currently has the Pioneers at No. 12 in the latest national rankings and No. 3 in the Atlantic Region.

First Team
Paige Alviani (Seton Hill, Jr., G, 5’8”, Hopewell, Pa.)
Jasmine Blanton (West Virginia State, Sr., G, 5’8”, Toledo, Ohio)
Kaitlynn Fratz (Pitt-Johnstown, So., G, 5’4”, Accident, Md.)
Hailey Garrett (Fairmont State, So., F, 6’0”, Fairmont, W. Va.)
Katie Gattuso (Seton Hill, Jr., F, 6’0”, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Ginny Mills (Glenville State, Jr., G, 5’7”, Steubenville, Ohio)
Kenyona Simmons (Glenville State, Jr., F, 5’8”, Dayton, Ohio)
Kaitlin Snyder (Fairmont State, Sr., G, 5’7”, Charleston, W. Va.)
Hillary Southworth (West Liberty, Jr., G, 5’10”, Twinsburg, Ohio)

Second Team
Atavia Blake (West Virginia Wesleyan, So., F, 6’0”, Tampa, Fla.)
Jessi Cowden (Charleston, Sr., G, 5’9”, Tomball, Texas)
Emily Daniel (Shepherd, Sr., F, 5’9”, Beaver, W. Va.)
Rachel Johnson (Shepherd, So., G, 5’7”, Frederick, Md.)
Jorden Lykes (Davis & Elkins, Jr., F, 5’10”, Prince George, Va.)
Brittany Maxey (West Virginia Wesleyan, Jr., G/F, 5’8”, Lufkin, Texas)
Page Turner (Davis & Elkins, Sr., G, 5’6”, Poquoson, Va.)
Meghan Wiseman (West Liberty, Sr., F, 6’0”, Sistersville, W. Va.)

Honorable Mention
Gabby Flinchum (Shepherd, So., C, 6’3”, North Potomac, Md.)
Ashleigh Fossett (Glenville State, Jr., G, 5’8”, Martinsburg, W. Va.)
Jasmine Gibson (Ohio Valley, Sr., C, 6’3”, New Castle, Del.)
Charity Harris (Bluefield State, Jr., G, 5’5”, Vineland, N.J.)
Shae Mebane (Bluefield State, Jr., F, 6’0”, Greensboro, N.C.)
Amanda Peoples (Alderson-Broaddus, Sr., G/F, 5’9”, Morgantown, W. Va.)
Amanda Smith (Concord, Jr., G, 5’8”, Princeton, W. Va.)

All-Freshman Team
Breanna Butler (Wheeling Jesuit, G, 5’9”, Oak Hill, Ohio)
Liz Flowers (West Liberty, G, 5’8”, Williamstown, W. Va.)
Jasmine Harper (Pitt-Johnstown, F/C, 6’0”, Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Danesha Richardson (West Virginia Wesleyan, G/F, 5’9”, Houston, Texas)
Jamie Sobczak (Wheeling Jesuit, G, 5’8”, Perrysburg, Ohio)

Player of the Year:
Hillary Southworth, West Liberty

Freshman of the Year:
Jasmine Harper, Pitt-Johnstown

Coach of the Year:
Bunky Harkleroad, Glenville state

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