LA GRANDE, Ore. – Oregon Tech freshman guard Bobby Hunter is the new Cascade Conference Player of the Year, voted to the honor by the league’s coaches on Monday. In addition, Hunter earned the Newcomer of the Year award.
Danny Miles is in his 41st year as OIT’s head coach and says Hunter winning the player of the year is highly unique.
Hunter is also on the Cascade Conference all-conference team, along with teammates Kyle Gomez and honorable mention getter David Clarke.
Northwest, which Oregon Tech plays Tuesday night at Danny Miles Court in the CCC championship game, had the league’s Coach of the Year in John Van Dyke and Defensive Player of the Year with Rich Skillman.
Tip for Tuesday’s game is 7:00 PM with the broadcast on 92.5-FM KLAD starting at 6:30 PM.
Release from Cascade Conference
Freshman Bobby Hunter of Oregon Tech was named Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches, the conference office announced Monday.
The 5-10 guard from Reno, Nev. led the CCC in conference scoring average (20.0 ppg), was fourth in steals (2.31 spg) while averaging just under 32 minutes played per game. Hunter led the Owls to their fourth-straight Cascade Collegiate Conference regular-season title and automatic berth to the NAIA Men’s Division II National Tournament, March 7-15 in Point Lookout, Mo.
As the top vote-getter new to the Conference, Hunter will also receive the 2011-12 Newcomer of the Year award to add to his awards case.
John Van Dyke of Northwest University was selected the CCC’s Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to a share of the CCC regular season crown. Northwest began the 2011-12 campaign winning their first 15 contests and have been ranked as high at 8th in the NAIA coaches’ poll just three weeks ago. Their current rank of 9th should guarantee them a spot in the National Championship field.
Others named to the 12-person All-CCC team included Adam Herman, Concordia; Erik Conrath and Jordan Carter, Corban; Jamar Johnson, Eastern Oregon; Jordan Call, Northwest; Kyle Gomez, Oregon Tech; Eric Thompson and Jordan Highland, Southern Oregon; William Sharp and Stephen Harris of Warner Pacific.
Ten players earned honorable mention All-CCC honors: Matt Ballenger, College of Idaho; Kevan West and Jourdan Sweeney, Concordia; Travares Petersen, Eastern Oregon; Patrick Lewis, Evergreen; Ahmaad Cook and Michael Greene, Northwest; Brian Hampton, Northwest Christian; and David Clarke of Oregon Tech.
2011-12 Cascade Collegiate Conference All-Conference Team
Player of the Year: Bobby Hunter, Oregon Tech
Defensive Player of the Year: Rich Skillman, Northwest
Newcomer of the Year: Bobby Hunter, Oregon Tech
Coach of the Year: John Van Dyke, Northwest
Jordan Call, Northwest
Jordan Carter, Corban
Erik Cronrath, Corban
Kyle Gomez, Oregon Tech
Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific
Adam Herman, Concordia
Jordan Highland, Southern Oregon
Bobby Hunter, Oregon Tech
Jamar Johnson, Eastern Oregon
William Sharp, Warner Pacific
Rich Skillman, Northwest
Eric Thompson, Southern Oregon
Honorable Mention: Matt Ballenger, College of Idaho; Kevan West and Jourdan Sweeney, Concordia; Travares Petersen, Eastern Oregon; Patrick Lewis, Evergreen; Ahmaad Cook, Michael Greene and Patrick Lewis, Northwest; Brian Hampton, Northwest Christian; and David Clarke of Oregon Tech.