Miller has solid first D-II year

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Photo provided Former Hononegah standout Max Miller had a solid year for Newberry College.

ROCK HILL, Ohio - Max Miller made the most out of his freshman season.

So much, in fact, the Hononegah graduate was honored as the South Atlantic Conference's Freshman of the Year after an outstanding season for NCAA Division II Newberry College.

Miller averaged 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and over one block per game as Newberry finished the season with a 15-14 record.

His career game came in a win against Piedmont International in which he shot 11-for-12 from the field and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 61 percent from the floor for the season.

• BRANDI FIER, UNC-GREENSBORO (Hononegah): Fier went from not having a Division 1 offer late in her junior college career to starting 28 of UNCG's 31 games at point guard.

Fier, whose Spartans finished the season at 13-18, averaged 6.3 points and over three assists per game while shooting a solid 44 percent from the field.

• CARLY MOHNS, IOWA (Brodhead): Mohns, in her final season as a basketball player, is waiting along with the rest of her Hawkeye teammates to see where they will go for the NCAA Tournament. Iowa finished another solid season with a 24-7 record that included an 11-5 mark in Big Ten play.

Mohns averaged 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. She started two games when the Hawkeyes were going through injury woes in the middle of the season.

• TIANA THOMAS, CHICAGO STATE (Hononegah): Thomas averaged 2.1 points per game and scored a season-high 13 points against Western Illinois. She missed nearly the entire month of January due to an illness, but has received minutes in every game since returning. The Cougars will take on UMKC in the first round of the WAC Tournament Thursday. Chicago State is just 1-28 on the season, with their lone win coming at Utah Valley, a victory that snapped a 59-game losing streak.

• ALEC FRUIN, NORTHERN MICHIGAN (Beloit Turner): Fruin saw action in seven games for the Wildcats, who finished their season with a 15-13 record. Fruin averaged 1.7 points on the season.

• ELLIE WELSH, MICHIGAN TECH (Hononegah): Welsh saw action in 13 games for Tech, which finished with a record of 23-5. She averaged less than a point per game.

• JOSH DONALDSON, ELLSWORTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Hononegah): A freshman, Donaldson averaged 6.6 points for Ellsworth in 28 games.

• ALEC PENA, GRACELAND COLLEGE: Pena will head to the NAIA Division 1 National Basketball Championships, held in Kansas City beginning March 14. The Yellow Jackets qualified for their first-ever bid in the 32-team tournament by winning the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. Pena played in 31 of Graceland's 33 games, averaging 4.5 points per game.

• GARRETT SCHWEIGHAUSER, GRACELAND COLLEGE: Schweighauser, a sophomore, played in 24 games and averaged 2.4 points per game. He scored four points on 2-of-2 shooting in the Yellow Jackets' clinching victory against Peru State.

• BRYANTH FARR, ROCK VALLEY (BELOIT MEMORIAL: Farr recently completed a solid season for the Golden Eagles in his freshman year, averaging 3.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 30 games.

• JEQUAN PEGEESE, LAKELAND COLLEGE (Beloit Memorial): Pegeese averaged 3.0 points per game for the Muskies, and scored a season-best 15 points in his final game of the season against Finlandia.

• CARYN DONAHUE, UW-Eau Claire (Hononegah): Donahue averaged 2.6 points per game for the Blugolds, shooting 36 percent from three-point land and 41 percent overall. Donahue scored a season-best 18 points against UW-Platteville.

• DREW FREITAG, BELOIT COLLEGE (Beloit Memorial: Freitag transferred from Edgewood College in the middle of the season and saw sparing playing time down the stretch for the Bucs.

• CODY RISSEEUW, BELOIT COLLEGE (Clinton): Risseeuw finished his college career by averaging 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Bucs. Risseeuw started all 25 games for Beloit as the team struggled to a 5-20 record.

• SHELBY KLINE, BELOIT COLLEGE (Hononegah): Kline earned second-team All-Midwest Conference after averaging 15.1 points per game for the Bucs.

• SHIAN GALBREATH, SAUK VALLEY CC (South Beloit): Galbreath averaged 5.7 points per game in 27 games for Sauk Valley Community College. She twice scored 12 points during the season.

• BEAU CARY, RIPON (Big Foot): Cary played in 18 games for Ripon, scoring 22 total points as he played sparingly.

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