The NAIA Division II All-American teams are in and the KCAC got its due … kind of.
The women head the field this year, with two second-team picks in Southwestern’s Kaylaen Dittmer and Sterling’s Ashley Kraft, who is a repeat second-team selections. Haskell’s Kortney Smith was also a second-team pick. All three are seniors, BTW.
In no way did I think both Dittmer and Kraft were going to be first-team selections, but in no way did I think the NAIA honks would leave both of them off the first team, especially with a feel-good 10 first-team spots. I’ve gone off on this before, but while there are 10 players on a basketball court, there are only five players on a side. That means five first-team All-Americans, not 10. It’s a joke to put 10 on the first team.
Dittmer was your KCAC player of the year, which I think was a real toss-up between her and Kraft. One of them should have been a first-team pick and the NAIA should be ashamed of itself.
Anyways. KWU put two more players on the honorable mention team in senior Emily Luckeroth and super soph LaCole Wilkinson, Sterling senior Jacci Tinkel was an HM pick, as were Southwestern senior Kara Beal and Haskell junior Maria Parker.
Now for the men.
Saint Mary’s Carvelle Taylor, the KCAC POY was a second-team pick, Ottawa’s David Birch was a third team pick and Southwestern’s David King, Ottawa’s Phil McClintock and Sterling’s Jonathan Woods were all HM selections. And the men’s first team had 10 picks, too. Like I said.
Congrats to all the selections.