Three Mount Vernon Nazarene College athletes were honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics when the NAIA Division II menís and womenís basketball All-American Teams were announced.
Headlining the trio was Todd Sands, a center on the menís team. Sands, a 6-foot-7 senior from Centerburg, Ohio, became only the second Cougar cager to make the All-American First Team as he joined former MVNC standout Jason Hall, who received the honor following the 1994-1995 season.
Sands, who was the American Mideast Conference Division II Player of the Year, averaged 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest this season as he led the team to a 26-7 overall record. The former Centerburg High School standout also led all NAIA Division II players for the second straight season by shooting 69.8 percent from the field (229-of-328). Sands was the team leader in blocked shots with 39, and he finished his career with 1,563 points in three seasons as a member of the Cougar squad.
Ehren Hull, a 6-foot-2 senior guard from Canton, Ohio, was named an Honorable Mention All-American after leading the MVNC menís team in scoring (19.7 points per game). The former GlenOak product nailed 94 three-pointers as he became the Cougarsí career leader in that category with 384 over four years. Hull, who joined Sands on the All-AMC Division II Team, finished his career ranked second on MVNCís career scoring list with 2,084 points.
Tara Seiter, a 6-foot senior center from Waldo, Ohio, was tabbed an NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American for the third straight season as she led the Lady Cougars to a 16-14 overall record. The former River Valley High School star led MVNC in scoring (18.7 points per game), rebounding (9.2 boards per contest), and field goal percentage (54.0 percent). She also added 29 blocked shots, 34 steals, and 44 assists.
Seiter left her mark on the Lady Cougarsí record book as she leaves with 12 career or season records to her credit. Most notably, she became MVNCís career scoring (1,718 points) and rebounding (952 rebounds) leader.