Five Raiders earn Conference awards
Three members of the Central Community College-Columbus women’s basketball team and its coach have received Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference (NCCAC) honors, while two players on the men’s basketball team have also received the same Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference (NCCAC) honors for the 2018-19 season.
Sophomores Day zchay lon Gardner and Alexis Ramaekers, along with freshman Monica Brooks, were voted to the NCCAC All-Conference team.
Raiders head coach Billy Perkins won Coach of the Year honors.
Gardner played in 22 games during the season. She averaged 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
“I challenged Day to transition positions from shooting guard to point guard and she did a good job adapting,” said Perkins in a release from CCC. “I am very proud of how she handled the transition and the growth I saw through the season.”
Ramaekers started in 21 games and averaged 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. She shot 39 percent from the floor, 34 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent at the free throw line.
“Lexi is a basketball coach’s dream because she comes to work, does not complain and just wants to win,” said Perkins. “It is a true blessing for me to be able to have Lexi on the team as she set the standard for how we act on and off the court. While playing basketball, she managed to keep up with her nursing clinicals while maintaining a very high GPA.”
Brooks started in 19 games. She scored a team-high 13.9 points per game and grabbed 8.7 rebounds.
“I had high expectations for Monica, and she blew those expectations out of the water,” said Perkins. “Monica is a great teammate and wants everyone to work hard and improve. Her academic success is just as important as her on-the-court success.”
This is the second year in a row that Perkins won the coach of the year.
“While it is an honor to be named NCCAC Coach of the Year, it is a direct result of the players and their hard work,” said Perkins. “I am very blessed to have coached this year’s Raider women’s basketball team. I felt like they bought into the system, played hard for each other and never quit playing or practicing.”
On the men’s team sophomore Latrell Talley and freshman Tre’vion Crawford were named all-conference.
Talley started 18 game and scored 13.2 points a game while grabbing 9.9 rebounds per game.
“It is great to see some of your players earn honors,” head coach Jerry Drymon said in comments sent to the Columbus Telegram. “Both had early injuries and then bounced back to have tremendous seasons. Latrell put together back-to-back seasons of nearly a double-double. Both are great individuals and a joy to coach.”
Crawford played in 25 games and scored 14.8 points per game to lead the Raiders.
Peter Hugueinn is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com