Princeton, W. Va. - West Liberty senior guard Alex Falk has been named the WVIAC Player of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches. Wheeling Jesuit guard Justin Fritts garnered Freshman of the Year honors while West Liberty head coach Jim Crutchfield picked up his fourth consecutive Coach of the Year accolade and his fifth overall.
Falk, a 6’3” senior guard from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, guided the Hilltoppers to a 27-1 overall record on the season, including a 21-1 mark in WVIAC play. His stellar play led WLU to its fourth straight WVIAC regular-season championship and to a No. 3 national ranking heading into postseason play.
Falk leads the WVIAC in steals, averaging 3.11 a game. He is fourth in scoring by netting 20.7 points per game. He ranks seventh in assist-to-turnover margin and 11th in free throw percentage in the conference. Falk is second on his squad in offensive rebounds (48). He has helped the Hilltoppers win 13 consecutive games and a No. 1 ranking in the Atlantic Region heading into the WVIAC Tournament.
Fritts, a 6’1” guard from Mentor, Ohio, led the Cardinals to a No. 4 seed heading into the conference tournament. He accounts for 15.9 points per game and is second on the squad in assists. Fritts drains 50.2 percent of his shots from the floor and is second on the team with 48 three-point buckets. He is 14th in the league in scoring.
Crutchfield earned his fifth Coach of the Year accolade after leading the Hilltoppers to their fourth straight league title and a 27-1 overall mark. WLU finished WVIAC play with a 21.1 record. He guided West Liberty to a No. 3 spot in the NABC Coaches’ Poll. Now in his ninth season, Crutchfield has led the Hilltoppers to at least 20 wins every year. WLU leads the nation in scoring at 105.5 points per outing. Collectively, his team hits 52.1 percent of their shots from the floor and outscore its opponents by 26 points per game.
Kurklin Bohanon (Alderson-Broaddus, Sr., G, 6’3”, Cleveland, Ohio)
Alex Falk (West Liberty, Sr., G, 6’3”, Upper Sandusky, Ohio)
Cedric Harris (West Liberty, Jr., G, 6’0”, Zanesville, Ohio)
Terrell Lipkins (Charleston, Jr., G, 6’0”, Canton, Ohio)
Chad Moore (Shepherd, Sr., F, 6’5”, Winchester, Va.)
Nick Novak (Pitt-Johnstown, Sr., G, 6’0”, Murrysville, Pa.)
Ben Siefert (Wheeling Jesuit, Sr., G, 6’3”, Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
Isaac Thornton (Fairmont State, Sr., G, 6’3”, Martinsburg, W. Va.)
Kelsey Williams (West Virginia Wesleyan, Sr., F, 6’7”, Sandusky, Ohio)
Brendan Cooper (Fairmont State, Jr., F, 6’7”, Parma, Ohio)
C.J. Hester (West Liberty, So., G, 6’4”, West Mifflin, Pa.)
Isaiah Hill (Fairmont State, Sr., F, 6’9”, Aylett, Va.)
D’Quan Lynch (Davis & Elkins, Sr., G, 5’10”, Virginia Beach, Va.)
Jamel Morris (Glenville State, So., G, Gahanna, Ohio)
Brantley Osborne (Shepherd, Jr., G, 6’2”, Sunbury, Pa.)
Malik Stith (Fairmont State, Sr., G, 5’11”, Hempstead, N.Y.)
Damien Tunstalle (Concord, Sr., F, 6’4”, Beckley, W. Va.)Ashton Brown (Ohio Valley, Sr., G, 5’8”, Buffalo, N.Y.)
Evan Faulkner (Charleston, Sr., G, 6’1”, Sandyhook, Ky.)
Anton Hutchins (West Virginia State, Jr., G, 6’4”, Lima, Ohio)
Max Kenyi (Seton Hill, Jr., G, 6’4”, Rockville, Md.)
Malachi Leonard (Seton Hill, Jr., F, 6’7”, York, Pa.)
Lamar Mallory (Glenville State, Jr., F, 6’7”, Dayton, Ohio)
Jordan Miller (Pitt-Johnstown, Sr., G, 6’0”, Vinco, Pa.)DJ Blanks (Glenville State, G, 6’3”, Akron, Ohio)
Seger Bonifant (West Liberty, F, 6’7”, Berlin, Ohio)
Noah Cottrill (West Virginia Wesleyan, G, 6’4”, Logan, W. Va.)
Justin Fritts (Wheeling Jesuit, G, 6’1”, Mentor, Ohio)
Aleksander Kesic (Charleston, F, 6’8”, Belgrade, Serbia)
Player of the Year:
Alex Falk, West LibertyJustin Fritts, Wheeling JesuitJim Crutchfield, West Liberty
Freshman of the Year:
Coach of the Year: