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West Liberty's Falk and Southworth Regional Players of the Year

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After leading the No. 1-ranked West Liberty University men's basketball team to a fourth consecutive West Virginia Conference championship and the No. 1 seed in this weekend's regional Tournament, Hilltopper senior Alex Falk has been honored as the 2013 Daktronics Atlantic Region Player of the Year.

Junior teammate Cedric Harris was a second-team All-Region pick for the Black and Gold. West Liberty was the only team with multiple All-Region selections. Half of this year's 12 selections will be in action Saturday when the Atlantic Regional tournament tips off at the ASRC.
A 6-4 guard from Upper Sandusky, Ohio who has played in a school-record 131 career games, leading the Hilltoppers to a 123-8 record in those contests, Falk adds the Atlantic Region Player of the Year trophy to his 2013 WVIAC Player of the Year hardware. The leading scorer (20.8 ppg.) on the nation's highest-scoring team and a 4-time WVIAC Player of the Week, Falk led the Hilltoppers to three double-digit wins in the WVIAC Tournament. He was the leading scorer in the event and earned his second straight Tournament MVP Award. An 81 percent foul shooter, the hard-charging senior led the WVIAC in free throws made (173), accounting for 33 percent of WLU's conference-best 520 points from the charity stripe. His 95 steals not only led the WVIAC, they rank No. 2 all-time at West Liberty.
Falk reached double-figures in all but one of the Hilltoppers' 31 games. He had 16 20-point games and three 30-point games, topped by a career-high 37 points in a 90-74 win at Findlay (Ohio). Honored at the WVIAC Tournament as West Liberty's 2013 Senior Scholar-Athlete, Falk ranks No. 6 on the Hilltoppers' career scoring list with 1,894 career points.
Joining Falk as First-Team All-Region selections are Whis Grant, a 6-0 sophomore guard from East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Trevin Parks, a 5-11 senior guard from Johnson C. Smith (N.C.), Angelo Sharpless, a 6-4 senior guard from Elizabeth City State (N.C.) and Byron Westmorland, a 6-4 guard from Bowie State (Md.).
Harris missed several games due to a late-season injury but did more than enough to add All-Region honors to his second straight first-team All-WVIAC citation. A 6-0 junior guard from Zanesville, Ohio, Harris reached double figures on 20 occasions with 10 20-point games and a trio of 30-point nights. He picked up the slack for an injured Falk in that Pitt-Johnstown game with a career-high 32 points.
The play making guard also had career-highs of 11 assists in wins against Point Park (Pa.) and West Virginia State. He finished second in the WVIAC in steals at 2.54 per game and third in assist/turnover ratio. Harris also ranked among the WVIAC leaders in scoring (17.6 ppg.), field goal percentage (.523), 3-point field goal percentage (.455) and free throw percentage (.806). One of four 1,000-point scorers on the WLU roster, he has 1,547 points in three collegiate seasons.
Joining Harris on the second-team unit are six seniors: 6-5 Luis Leao of Mercyhurst, 6-5 Chad Moore of Shepherd, 6-0 Nick Novak of Pitt-Johnstown, 6-6 Devin Taylor of Slippery Rock, 6-3 Isaac Thornton of Fairmont State and West Virginia Wesleyan's 6-7 Kelsey Williams.
The All-Region and All-America women's basketball teams are sponsored by Daktronics and voted on by the members of the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association. Falk and the other first-team All-Region selections advance to the ballot for the 2013 All-America Team.
West Liberty opens defense of its Atlantic Region title Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Hilltoppers host Bowie State in a quarterfinal tilt at the ASRC.

Daktronics Men's Basketball
2012-13 All-Atlantic Region
First Team
Player Ht Yr School PPG RPG APG
ALEX FALK* 6-4 SR. WEST LIBERTY 20.8 4.2 3.4
Whis Grant 6-0 So. East Stroudsburg 17.3 3.2 2.9
Trevin Parks 5-11 Sr. Johnson C. Smith 25.0 3.5 4.1
Angelo Sharpless 6-4 Sr. Elizabeth City State 20.5 8.8 2.6
Byron Westmorland 6-4 Sr. Bowie State 23.5 6.1 1.9
*-Player of the Year
Second Team
Player Ht Yr School PPG RPG APG
CEDRIC HARRIS 6-0 JR. WEST LIBERTY 17.6 3.4 5.2
Luis Leao 6-5 Sr. Mercyhurst 18.6 6.7 1.7
Chad Moore 6-5 Sr. Shepherd 22.9 9.0 2.8
Nick Novak 6-0 Sr. Pitt-Johnstown 21.9 3.2 5.8
Devin Taylor 6-6 Sr. Slippery Rock 14.2 10.0 1.0
Isaac Thornton 6-3 Sr. Fairmont State 17.7 5.3 2.8
Kelsey Williams 6-7 Sr. W.Va. Wesleyan 21.5 10.9 0.7
 
 
 
 
 
 
West Liberty University junior women's basketball standout Hillary Southworth has been named the 2013 Daktronics Atlantic Region Player of the Year after helping lead the West Virginia Conference runner-up Lady Hilltoppers to a 21-8 record with one of the most dominant single-season performances in league history.
The All-Region and All-America women's basketball teams are sponsored by Daktronics and voted on by the members of the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.
A 5-10 guard from Twinsburg, Ohio who was honored last month as the WVIAC Player of the Year, Southworth roared out of the blocks with back-to-back 30-point games in the season's opening week and kept right on rolling. She finished the year as the second-leading scorer in the nation with a school-record 24.1 ppg. scoring average – the fifth-highest in WVIAC women's basketball history – and became only the second Lady Hilltopper to score 700 points in a season.
A 4-time WVIAC Player of the Week, she won the conference scoring title by more than 100 points and ranked in the league's Top 10 in field goals, 3-point field goals, free throws, free throw percentage and minutes played. Southworth had 20 games with 20 or more points and cracked the 30-point barrier on six occasions, topped by a career-high 43-point explosion in a late-season win against Pitt-Johnstown. She set a school single-game record with 18 field goals in that game and fueled West Liberty's late-season surge with a school-record streak of 8 games with 25 or more points.
Southworth is one of three WVIAC players to earn first-team All-Region honors. Joining her on the 5-woman first team are 2012 Atlantic Region Player of the Year Kaitlin Snyder, a 5-7 senior guard from Fairmont State; Ginny Mills, a 5-7 junior guard from WVIAC champion Glenville State; Kristen Hanzer, a 5-10 senior forward from Fayetteville State (N.C.) and Aurielle Mosley, a 6-2 senior post from Millersville (Pa.).
Second-team selections included the Edinboro (Pa.) senior tandem of 6-3 post Samantha Blazetic and 5-8 guard Kiara Brown along with 6-0 junior post Katie Gattuso of Seton Hill, 6-1 sophomore post Hannah Heeter of Clarion (Pa.) and 6-1 junior post Jen Papich of Gannon (Pa.).
Southworth and the other first-team All-Region selections automatically advance to the ballot for the 2013 Daktronics All-America Team, which will be announced later this month.

Daktronics Women's Basketball
2012-13 All-Atlantic Region
First Team
Player Ht Yr School PPG RPG APG
Kristen Hanzer 5-10 Sr. Fayetteville State 18.2 6.5 3.2
Ginny Mills 5-7 Jr. Glenville State 18.3 4.9 1.2
Aurielle Mosley 6-2 Sr. Millersville 15.1 9.6 1.0
Kaitlin Snyder 5-7 Sr. Fairmont State 17.3 5.7 4.3
HILLARY SOUTHWORTH* 5-10 JR. WEST LIBERTY 24.1 6.3 2.6
*-Player of the Year
Second Team
Player Ht Yr School PPG RPG APG
Samantha Blazetic 6-3 Sr. Edinboro 14.9 7.7 1.2
Kiara Brown 5-8 Sr. Edinboro 17.8 3.9 2.8
Katie Gattuso 6-0 Jr. Seton Hill 17.6 11.3 2.7
Hannah Heeter 6-1 So. Clarion 14.4 13.3 1.6
Jen Papich 6-1 Jr. Gannon 13.0 5.8 1.8