The Howard College Hawks are well-represented as the Western Junior College Athletic Conference honors were announced this week.
Probably the highest honor for Howard was Carlos Emory being named MVP of the conference. Shavon Coleman, Corey Stern and Joe Bright all earned honorable mention.
With little time left on the clock and the Hawk needing a big shot, Emory was often the go-to guy. The most memorable shot the sophomore took is probably the 3-pointer that gave the Hawks the lead at Midland College with 15 seconds left.
Emory and Bright were the only two players returning from last year’s national championship squad. The University of Utah and Oregon are two schools Emory is expected to choose from. SMU is among Bright’s choices and Texas State and Seattle University are two schools hoping to land Stern.
On the women’s side, the Hawks’ Tasha Tubbs earned an all-conference selection. Taniqua Ards and Kali Jerrell earned honorable mention selections.
Ards was a force in the paint all season for the Hakws, often seen fighting defenders off for a layup. She, along with Tubbs, was a key sophomore and vital to the team’s run to the Region V Tournament after the Hawks missed it last season. Jerrell really came on late in the season at point guard.
Tubbs — a University of Houston signee — was lethal from the perimeter and the 3-point line this season. She also came up with big shots when the Hawks needed them. She led the team with 14.4 points a game.
Both the men and women got to the Region V Tournament, but probably not as far as they wanted. The women were knocked out of the first round by Grayson County Community College and the men — after beating Grayson in the first round — were knocked out by McLennan.