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Howard College Hawks landed 5 student athletes on the men’s and women’s Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) all conference and Region V all region teams for their efforts in the 2017-2018 season.

For the Hawk women, Corbyn Cunningham, the 5’9” freshman guard from Albuquerque, New Mexico was selected to the WJCAC all-conference team. Cunningham started 30 games for the Hawks, averaging 29.6 minutes per game. She shot 42.5% from the field and 73.3% from the free throw line for the season while average 9 rebounds and 12.7 points per game.

Additionally, Kaki Simpson, a freshman guard from Amarillo, Texas was tagged for honorable mention recognition in the WJCAC. Simpson started 32 games for the Hawks averaging 34.6 minutes per game. She shot 31.4% from the field with a 30.5% 3-point average and 80% from the line. She averaged 13.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

The Hawk women ended the season 5-9 conference record.

The Hawk men had 3 student athletes, Amari McCray, Jeremy Hayes, and Jake Hutchings, recognized for conference/regional honors.

McCray, a 6’9” sophomore from Ruston, LA, was nabbed for the all-conference team, WJCAC Co-Defensive player of the year and Region V all-region team. McCray started 24 games for the Hawks averaging 21.5 minutes per game. He finished the season with a 58.1% field goal percentage and a 68.8% free throw percentage while averaging 5.2 rebounds and 10.6 points per game.

Hayes, a 6’3” sophomore from Baton Rouge, LA hit the all-conference and Region V all-region roster as well as being named WJCAC Newcomer of the Year. Hayes started 31 games in the season and averaged 16 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He shot 42.7% from the field, 39.1% from 3-point range and 82.5% from the charity stripe.

Last but not least, Hutchings, a 6’6” sophomore from Las Vegas, NV was also selected to the all-conference team. He was a 3-point “go-to” guy shooting 50.8% from 3-point range while hitting 53.5% from the field and 78.8% from the free throw line. He averaged 3.9 rebounds and 13.8 points per game.

“We are proud of our players and the way the represented Howard College this season,” said the Hawk men’s head coach Scott Raines. “They all worked very hard to be successful and it is nice to see them get some recognition for their efforts.”

The Hawks finished the season with a 10-6 conference record putting them in 3rd place. They had a heartbreaking 1 point loss in the first game of the regional tournament.


(Photo - Amari McCray)

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