BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced its all-conference teams and major award winners for the 2015-16 women's basketball season on Monday with Southern Vermont College senior Amber Flagg being selected to the All-NECC first team.
Based on voting by league coaches, the SVC captain is finishing her collegiate career with her third straight first team accolade and fourth All-NECC nod as she was named to the second team in 2013.
"This is a well-deserved award," said seventh-year Southern Vermont head coach Mike Quinn. "Her play led her to be listed in the top five in a number of conference categories. Amber embodies all that a true student-athlete should be; she is not only a record-setting basketball player, but also excels in the classroom holding over a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Not only will her great basketball skills leave a large void, but her leadership on and off the court will also be greatly missed at Southern Vermont College."
In her four years at SVC, Flagg tallied 1,812 total points to become the program's all-time scoring leader from either the women's or men's program and the first Mountaineer from either side to crack the 1,800 career-point plateau. This year, she tallied the fourth most points in single season program history with 434.
The records don't end there, however. Flagg notched 98 assists this season to rank third on the team's single season record list, now owning the first, third and fourth best years in terms of helpers. She entered the 2015-16 campaign being the program's all-time career assists leader, padding that mark this year as she will graduate with a total of 360.
Flagg also finishes her tenure at SVC as the Mountaineers' all-time career steals leader, registering 244 swipes at Southern Vermont. Additionally, she connected on the team's most all-time three-pointers with 154, and she turned in the best free throw percentage in team history among players who took at least 250 attempts with a 77.9 percent clip.
The captain sits atop the league in points per game for the 2015-16 season, notching 17.4 while totaling 16.3 per conference contest to rank fourth. She was named the NECC Player of the Week twice while adding an ECAC Division III New England Player of the Week honor.
Additionally, SVC freshman Kayla Emmi was selected as Southern Vermont's representative on the NECC all-sportsmanship team for her attitude and respect to the game displayed throughout the season.
Hamlet, Hall earn all-conference honors
BENNINGTON >> On Monday, the New England Collegiate Conference announced its yearly award winners for the 2015-16 men's basketball season with SVC seniors DeShawn Hamlet and Casey Hall collecting All-NECC accolades while head coach Dan Engelstad was named the league's Coach of the year for the second straight season.
Hamlet was voted by league coaches to the All-NECC first team, and Hall picked up an second team honor. The three helped SVC win its first-ever NECC Championship over this past weekend, extending the year as the Mountaineers are now headed to the NCAA Division III tournament.
"This season has been a total team effort," Englestad said. "Each game, there was a different guy that stepped up and led us. I am so proud of the team for that. That said, our seniors took on an increased leadership role that proved crucial for us- especially down the stretch. I can't say enough about what each of them means to this program. DeShawn and Casey were terrific in their senior campaigns."
Hamlet is taking home his second straight first team accolade after he was voted as the Conference's Player of the Year in 2015. To this point of the season, he ranks 10th in the NECC with 14.7 points per game while shooting 56.6 percent from the floor, the fourth best mark in the league. He also pulls down 8.2 rebounds per game, ranking fourth in that category as well. Hamlet surpassed the 1,500 career point mark this year, becoming the second highest all-time scorer in SVC program history. He was named the NECC Player of the Week once and recorded nine double-doubles on the season.
The Second Team honor is the first All-NECC laurel for Hall, a forward who was tabbed the league tournament's Most Valuable Player after the championship game. The senior averaged 11.7 points per game to this point of the season, connecting on 47.9 percent of his field goal attempts; he tallied a 51.4 percent clip from the floor in Conference contests, ranking ninth in the league. Hall had 7.7 rebounds in NECC games, pulling down the ninth most in that category. He has registered five straight double-doubles, giving him six total on the year.
"Casey has always been our back line on the defensive end," noted Engelstad, "breaking the all-time blocks record and- this season in particular- becoming more aggressive to lead us as an offensive leader as well. His leadership and toughness down the stretch of the season helped make him one of the best players in our league."
Engelstad was selected by his peers as the league's Coach of the Year once again after leading the Mountaineers to their second straight undefeated league schedule and a 22-3 overall mark in regular season play. He was chosen as the HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week on February 22, and he became the all-time winningest coach for the Southern Vermont program with his 62nd victory at the helm of the team back on February 18.
"It has been so exciting to see this program develop the past three years," Engelstad added. "I could not have done it without my staff and the school support. It is an honor to coach these guys, and I look forward to continuing on with them in the NCAA tournament."
Mountaineer freshman Jackson Amankrah was also picked to represent SVC on the NECC All-Sportsmanship Team.