The Mount Vernon Nazarene College athletic department honored its menís and womenís basketball teams with a banquet in the MVNC cafeteria on Tuesday night.
The menís team finished the season with a 26-7 overall mark and advanced to the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the second straight year. The Cougars selected senior Todd Sands as their Most Valuable Player and senior Rich Flowers as the Cougar Award recipient.
Sands, a center, averaged 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and was selected to the NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association All-American First Team. Flowers, a guard, was a four-year member of the team who exemplified team-above-self.
The womenís team posted a 16-14 overall mark and finished fourth at the 1999 NCCAA National Tournament. The Lady Cougars selected senior Tara Seiter as their Most Valuable Player and senior Marlo Oyster as the Cougar Award recipient.
Seiter, a center, became the programís all-time leading scorer and rebounder during the season as well as being named as an NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American. Oyster, a forward, was an Academic All-American with a perfect 4.00 grade point average.
Freshman Angie Trainer was also selected as the Cougar Sports Associates "Freshman of the Year" as she averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and was named to the American Mideast Conference All-Freshmen Team.