Heeter, Andrews, Kromka earn PSAC basketball awards

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Clarion University basketball stars B.J. Andrews, Mike Kromka, and Hannah Heeter all earned postseason awards, despite neither of their teams having winning seasons.
Andrews was named PSAC West Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Golden Eagle to win a major PSAC West award since Rollie Smith, who was named Rookie of the Year in 2000.
He is also the fifth Clarion player to earn PSAC West Freshman/Rookie of the year, joining Smith, David Shearer, Shawn Bellis and Kwame Morton. Andrews online
Andrews averaged eight points per game, including a season-high 18 points Feb. 1 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Andrews is more than on his way to a memorable career at Clarion.
“Winning the award was a blessing,” Andrews said, “I have to give all the credit to my coaches and teammates. Those guys put me in the right position to make plays. I have to thank my family and friends. They keep me going everyday.”
Andrews’ teammate, Mike Kromka, earned second-team All PSAC West honors, his first All-Conference honor.
Kromka is the 40th  player under 26 year head coach Ron Righter, who has now had at least one all-conference selection in 25 of his 26 seasons.
He had a Cinderella end to his illustrious Clarion career, scoring his 1,000 career point in the final game of the season at Edinboro, finishing with a career high 34 points.
The Clarion center ended his four years averaging career bests in both points at 14.1 per game, and rebounds, with 8.8 per game, second in the PSAC.
Kromka exploded for the Golden Eagles in the final nine games averaging 18.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
He finishes his illustrious Clarion career with 1,001 points, ranking No. 29 all-time in school history, and 729 rebounds, sixth most at Clarion since 1971. Kromka online
Kromka is also the sixth player since 1971 to have 1,000 career points and 725 rebounds, joining Terry Roseto, Reggie Wells Sr., Dan Chojnacki, Chris Roosevelt and Shearer. Roseto, Wells, Chojnacki and Roosevelt are Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame inductees.
There’s no doubt Kromka will join those four someday.
“I feel very honored to receive any award that recognizes individual accomplishment just as I have been very thankful for the opportunity that Clarion University men’s basketball has given me,” he said, “However, I would give any one of those awards away for a chance at a playoff berth and more wins for the program.”
A playoff berth is the glaring accomplishment missing from Kromka’s impressive resume.
Regardless, he still had one of the best careers in Clarion history.
The other postseason award went to Clarion women’s basketball sensation Hannah Heeter, who earned first team All-PSAC West honors for the third consecutive year.
She is the first Golden Eagle to earn All-Conference honors three times since Katrina Greer 2007-2009, and the sixth player in school history named All-Conference.
Heeter averaged a double-double for the third straight season with 14.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, becoming the second athlete in school history to average a season double-double in three different seasons joining Carlita Jones. Heeter online 1
She also is the school-record holder in rebounds per game, and fourth in NCAA Division II.
Heeter currently has 982 career points and 874 career rebounds as she heads into her senior season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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