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March 5, 2013

Local sports in brief 3/6/2013

JOHNSTOWN — Basketball


McCort grad Kirkpatrick earns coaching honor

Mike Kirkpatrick, a Bishop McCort graduate and former Crushers basketball coach, led Gettysburg College women’s basketball team to a 21-7 record and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance while also earning Centennial Conference Coach of the Year honors.

In his 24th season at Gettysburg, Kirkpatrick was named conference coach of the year for the second time in his career. Gettysburg went 16-4 in Centennial Conference play and earned the top seed for the conference tournament. Gettysburg won the Centennial Conference Tournament and advanced to NCAA Division III play, where the Bullets lost 71-64 to William Patterson on Friday.

Kirkpatrick also was conference coach of the year in 2009-10.

Brown named NEC's most improved

According to the coaches of the Northeast Conference, the future is bright for the St. Francis men’s basketball program.

On Tuesday, three Red Flash players earned league postseason awards led by sophomore Earl Brown's selection as the NEC’s Most Improved Player.

Guard Ben Millaud-Meunier and forward Stephon Mosley were named to the five-member NEC All-Rookie Team to cap solid freshman campaigns.

Following a promising, if nondescript freshman campaign in 2011-12, Brown exploded onto the scene around the turn of the new year for the Red Flash. The Philly native posted seven consecutive double-doubles, averaging 13.6 points and 15.4 rebounds over the span to raise some eyebrows around the league.

The highlight of that stretch was Brown’s 16-point, 25-rebound outing in a win over Central Connecticut on January 3. The 25 rebounds were one off the NEC single-game record and the most in the nation this season.

He lifted his scoring average from 6.0 ppg to 10.1 ppg, and his rebounding numbers from 3.0 rpg to 8.1 rpg.  He ranks fifth in the league in rebounding and his 10 double-doubles tie him for first in the conference.

“Earl has established himself as one of the best rebounders in the NEC,” said Krimmel. “He plays with great energy and has worked hard to expand his offensive game.”

Millaud-Meunier came on strong down the stretch for the Red Flash, averaging 13.0 points over the last seven games of the 2012-13 campaign.  For the year, he contributed 9.3 ppg – second among NEC freshman – and shot 47.6 percent from 3-point territory. His seven 3-pointers against FDU on Feb. 21 tied for the fifth-most in SFU history and were the most in a game for a Red Flash player since 2005.

Despite missing the season’s final month, Mosley showed a world of promise in his initial 18-game stint for Saint Francis, including two Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week awards to his credit.  The Garden State native averaged 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 49.6 percent from the floor.

“Stephon is a versatile forward who has made great strides on the court since he arrived last summer,” Krimmel said.

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