The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recently released its Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-America Awards. The NAIA All-America committee selects the All-America Teams. Virginia Intermont’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams each placed one member on the list.
Rainey Story received recognition on the women’s side. Story, a junior from Greeneville, Tenn., was named as an Honorable Mention All-American. She averaged 19.1 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game, while helping lead the Lady Cobras to an AAC Tournament semifinal berth.
Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jaclyn Dickens spoke of Story winning the award and said, “I am so proud of Rainey. It is a big honor to be recognized as a junior. She is a dominating player and is fun to watch. She is well deserving of the award and I look forward to bigger things next year.”
On the men’s side Josh Hart added a Third Team All-American appearance to his list of accolades for the season. The senior AAC Player of the Year, from Edgewood, Md., averaged 26.9 points per game as well as 7.2 rebounds per game. His points-per-game total was good enough to earn him a third-place finish in the nation NAIA Division II in scoring.
Commenting on Josh’s award, VI Men’s Basketball Head Coach Chris Tolliver said, “It is a huge honor for Josh to be recognized like this on a national level. As a coaching staff we are all proud of the effort he made this season to take his game to the next level, and this is another recognition of how he has done so.”