German, Barnes sweep POY awards
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LEE UNIVERSITY hoops standouts Hollie German, left, and Will Barnes swept the Player of the Year awards at the Southern States Athletic Conference banquet Wednesday evening in Montgomery, Ala. Lee University photo
LEE UNIVERSITY hoops standouts Hollie German, left, and Will Barnes swept the Player of the Year awards at the Southern States Athletic Conference banquet Wednesday evening in Montgomery, Ala. Lee University photo
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Lee University 's Hollie German and Will Barnes swept the Southern States Athletic Conference Players of the Year at the annual conference banquet on Wednesday evening.

Both players are wrapping up outstanding junior and senior seasons. German averaged over 20 points per game and Barnes 21 in leading their team to No. 7 and No. 2 rankings by the NAIA.

With postseason played getting under way Wednesday, the Lady Flames (27-2) faced the University of Mobile (Ala.), while the Flames (28-2) battled Loyola (La.) in the SSAC Tournament this morning.

Mobile eliminated Southern Wesleyan (66-64) to earn the right to test the top-seeded Lady Flames. Meanwhile, Loyola put Coastal Georgia away with ease (99-72) to earn a shot at the Flames.

Also as Wednesday’s banquet, Jenna Adams joined German in being named to the All-Conference team, while Karley Miller and Julia Zimmerman were named to the All-Division team. Melanie Barker was named in the All-Freshmen team.

The Lady Flames had seven players presented with All-Academic honors, consisting of Lauren Browning, German, Brooke Hamby, Madison Lee, Karley Miller, Jordan Neuharth, and Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was also named Sixth Man of the Year, while Browning was included in the Champions of Character.

For the Flames, Barnes and Jamorris Gaines were named All-Conference in the SSAC, with Duran Blue, Steve Bennet, and Chase Dunn being named to the All-Division team.

Gaines was also named as Sixth Man of the Year.

The Flames were represented on the All-Academic team by Evan Forhetz and Chad Lee. Forhetz was also chosen for Champions of Character.