UAA's Taylor Rohde added another award to his resume Monday.
Division II Bulletin named the 6-foot-9 senior Player of the Year in men's basketball, making him the first player in school history to gain such an award.
Last week, Rohde became the first UAA player to reach consensus All-American status when he was tabbed All-American by coaches, sports information directors and Basketball Times.
"We are thrilled for Taylor and proud of his incredible accomplishments this season," said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne in a press release. "He has represented the Seawolf program with class and integrity both on and off the court, and I believe his best basketball is still ahead of him."
Rohde, who aspires to play professionally, was a consistent force in the paint for UAA. He scored in double figures in 26 of 30 games, helping the Seawolves (23-7) finish the season ranked 16th nationally.
The two-year transfer from Arizona State averaged 19.8 points per game, shot 62.7 percent from the field and recorded nine double-doubles to lead the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in each category. He scored at least 25 points in 12 games and reached the 30-point mark four times.
Rohde was at his best as the season progressed, shooting at least 50 percent from the floor in UAA's last 17 games and helping the Seawolves finish second in the GNAC standings. Eventual national champion Western Washington took first by one game and was the only GNAC team to beat the Seawolves twice this season.
UAA Men's Basketball
1984) Jeff Martin (3rd Team). 1987) Hansi Gnad (1st Team); Jesse Jackson (1st Team). 1989) Michael Johnson (1st Team); Todd Fisher (3rd Team). 1990) Todd Fisher (1st Team). 1995) Jason Kaiser (3rd Team). 2001) Ed Kirk (3rd Team). 2008) Luke Cooper (1st Team/D-II Bulletin, 2nd Team/B-ball Times); Carl Arts (1st Team/NABC). 2012) Taylor Rohde (1st Team/B-ball Times, 2nd Team/Daktronics 1st Team/NABC, 1st Team/D-II Bulletin).
MPSF honors six UAA gymnasts
Six UAA gymnasts earned spots on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-conference team this week, with senior Shakea Sanders picking up her sixth career all-league honor.
Joining Sanders was UAA senior Kathleen Mantell, sophomores Melissa Doucette and Emily Petersen, and freshmen Sariaye Jensen and Morgan Cook.
The MPSF all-conference team is determined by the top regional qualifying scores (RQS) among the conference's gymnasts, and Sanders recorded the sixth best RQS on vault at 9.695. This was Sanders' fourth honor on vault, to go with a pair in floor exercise picked up her first two seasons.
Doucette and Jensen each made all-conference in two events this season, Doucette scoring the fifth-best RQS in vault (9.720) and eighth in floor exercise (9.635). Jensen was sixth on uneven bars (9.690) and seventh in all-around (37.340).
Cook scored a 37.435 in the all-around RQS to make the sixth spot, which was also good enough to qualify her as an all-around alternate for next month's NCAA Division I West Regional Championships.
Petersen made her first all-league team in record-breaking fashion, setting a UAA single-season best on bars with a 9.679 average, and Mantell made the team with a 9.525 on balance beam.
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