Six Bluejays earn KCAC recognition

Three members of the Tabor men’s basketball team and three from the women’s team have received recognition from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

MEN—Three Bluejays received honors: senior forward Ryan Chippeaux, junior guard Robbie Samuel and freshman guard/forward Brent Jackson.

Chippeaux was a unanimous All-KCAC First Team selection and was named to the All-KCAC Defensive Team. He also was a first-team selection last year.

The Wichita native averaged 12.86 points per game this season while shooting 56 percent from the field (132-235).

Chippeaux grabbed 279 rebounds for the Bluejays (83 on offense, 196 on defense) and averaged 9.96 rebounds per game to rank fifth in NAIA Division II.

Chippeaux contributed 13 double-double performances this season.

During his four-year career at Tabor, Chippeaux scored 1,128 points and grabbed 801 rebounds.

Samuel earned honorable mention. The Dallas native averaged nine points per game on 48 percent shooting from the field (85-179). He grabbed 105 rebounds (23 on offense, 82 on defense), for an average of 3.89 per game.

Jackson was named to the All-KCAC Freshman Team.

The Fountain, Colo., native averaged 8.62 points per game on 40 percent shooting from the field (77-195). He scored a season-high 30 points at Kansas Wesleyan Feb. 16 to lead the Bluejays to victory.

Jackson grabbed 96 rebounds this season (22 on offense, 74 on defense) to average 3.69 per game.

WOMEN—Junior forward Janelle Rust, junior guard Nikki Lewis and senior guard Katlyn Mary received all-conference attention for the 20-10 Bluejays.

Rust was named Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. She was a unanimous All-KCAC First Team selection and was also named to the All-KCAC Defensive Team.

The Elbing native averaged 15.38 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field (122-264) in 24 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Ottawa Feb. 2.

Rust ranked seventh in Division II in three-point percentage (43 percent, 36-84). She grabbed 183 rebounds (39 on offense, 144 on defense) for an average of 7.63 per game.

Rust finished with five double-doubles this season.

“I am so happy for Janelle,” coach Shawn Reed said. “She is very deserving of all her awards. She was definitely the Player of the Year in our league, and I am very happy that she still got that recognition despite her season-ending injury.

“Janelle was a terrific offensive player, both on the interior and out on the perimeter, and she was a tremendous defender and rebounder for our team.”

Lewis also was a unanimous All-KCAC First Team selection and was also named to the All-KCAC Defensive Team.

The Tahlequah, Okla., native averaged 11.47 points per game on 36 percent shooting (108-300).

Lewis recorded 163 assists this season to rank sixth in Division II with an average of 5.43 per game. She grabbed 106 rebounds (28 on offense, 78 on defense) for a 3.53 average.

Lewis recorded a double-double at Sterling Jan. 19 with 17 points and 10 assists to help propel the Bluejays to victory.

“She is a tremendous player,” Reed said. “Nikki came in this season and transformed our team at the point-guard position.

“She was an excellent distributor of the basketball, limited our turnovers and ran our team, scored from both the perimeter and through getting to the rim, and she is an excellent defender as well.”

Mary was named to the All-KCAC Third Team after being a first-team selection last year.

The Joshua, Texas, native averaged 9.69 points per game on 39 percent shooting (107-274). She grabbed 91 rebounds for Tabor (28 offensive, 63 defensive) for a 3.14 average.

In three seasons at Tabor, Mary scored 954 points and grabbed 330 rebounds.

“Katlyn took on a new role for our team this season and she never once complained,” Reed said. “At the end of the season we needed her to become more of a scorer like she has been in the past, and she accepted that role again and really played well down the stretch for our team.

“Katlyn has not only been a reliable scorer and tremendous shooter of the basketball, but she has improved so much defensively. I am very proud of her, and we will miss her next season.”






























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