By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Lauren Manis and Nichols junior Marcos Echevarria headline the All-WACBA scrolls as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association revealed its 2017-18 awards Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption, as well as members of the local media.
In a close vote, Manis was named the WACBA Women’s Player of the Year. Fitchburg State’s Mikaela Mitchell claimed Rookie of the Year honors while Becker head coach David Bostick, who shared last year’s accolades, repeated as Coach of the Year. Nichols earned two of the three men’s major awards as Echevarria and head coach Tom Glynn, the recipient of 10 first place votes, repeated as Player and Coach of the Year, respectively. Assumption’s Matthew Kelly was selected as the men’s Rookie of the Year.
Manis also made the All-WACBA First Team for the second consecutive year, as did Becker sophomore Cassidy Harrison, Worcester State junior Britt Herring and WPI senior Ama Biney. Fellow Crusader, senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was upgraded from last year’s second team while Assumption junior Morgan O’Donnell made her debut on the scroll. Clark junior Ogechi Ezemma and Becker junior Adrianna Dowdy headlined the second team. They were joined by Anna Maria senior Kristina Russo, Fitchburg State sophomore Angelina Marazzi, Worcester State sophomore Catherine Sweeney and WPI senior Madison Beck.
Echevarria, who was on the top half of all 12 ballots, and sophomore teammate DeAnte Bruton, as well as Anna Maria sophomore Mike Rapoza and Becker senior Samuel Durodola were all named to the All-WACBA First Team for the second year in-a-row. Becker junior Kareem Davis moved up to the first team while Holy Cross junior Jehyve Floyd also earned top billing. WPI senior Chris Rodgers led the second team that also featured Kelly, Clark junior Luca McCormick, Fitchburg State junior Jonathan Perez, Nichols sophomore Jerome Cunningham and Worcester State sophomore Shaun McCarthy.
WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester Country Area.
WACBA Women’s Basketball End of The Year Awards
Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross
Rookie of the Year: Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass.), Fitchburg State
Coach of the Year: David Bostick, Becker
|Morgan O’Donnell||Easton, Mass.||Jr.|
|Cassidy Harrison||Foxborough, Mass.||So.|
|Holy Cross||Infiniti Thomas-Waheed||Newton, Mass.||Sr.|
|Holy Cross||Lauren Manis||Franklin, Mass.||So.|
|Worcester State||Britt Herring||West Brookfield, Mass.||Jr.|
|WPI||Ama Biney||Worcester, Mass.||Sr.|
|Anna Maria||Kristina Russo||South Windsor, Conn.||Sr.|
|Becker||Adrianna Dowdy||East Haven Conn.||Jr.|
|Clark||Ogechi Ezemma||Hope Valley, R.I.||Jr.|
|Fitchburg State||Angelina Marazzi||Manchester, N.H.||So.|
|Worcester State||Catherine Sweeney||Lowell, Mass.||So.|
|WPI||Madison Beck||Syracuse, N.Y.||Sr.|
WACBA Men’s Basketball End of The Year Awards
Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols
Rookie of the Year: Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md.), Assumption
Coach of the Year: Tom Glynn, Nichols
|Anna Maria||Mike Rapoza||Charlton, Mass.||So.|
|Becker||Kareem Davis||Lowell, Mass||Jr.|
|Becker||Samuel Durodola||Rosedale, N.Y.||Sr.|
|Holy Cross||Jehyve Floyd||Sayreville, N.J.||Jr.|
|Nichols||DeAnte Bruton||New London, Conn.||So.|
|Nichols||Marcos Echevarria||Lynn, Mass.||Jr.|
|Assumption||Matthew Kelly||North Potomac, Md.||Fr.|
|Clark||Luca McCormick||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||Jr.|
|Fitchburg State||Jonathan Perez||Lowell, Mass.||Jr.|
|Nichols||Jerome Cunningham||Westbury, N.Y.||So.|
|Worcester State||Shaun McCarthy||Oxford, Mass.||So.|
|WPI||Chris Rodgers||Franklin, Mass.||Sr.|