Three Newman athletes have received MIAA recognition

By: Matthew Revels, Sports Editor

Newman athletes have been on a roll lately when it comes to earning conference honors.

Three athletes who recently have been mentioned are basketball player Britney Ho, a senior who recently was recognized for her play in games against Emporia, Northeastern State and  Rogers State; baseball player Jake Angelico, a senior who was named Co-Hitter of the Week after his recent performance against Southern Nazarene; and basketball Stevie Strong, a sophomore who was named the MIAA Athlete of the Week for his game against Fort Hays and for the 40 points he scored during a game against Nebraska Kearney, which tied Newman’s single-game scoring record.

Ho, who has received four MIAA mentions of late, said it feels good to have been recognized so many times.

“I feel incredibly honored and blessed to receive those mentions from the conference,” she said. “Without a shadow of doubt, I wouldn't have been able to achieve such mentions without the extraordinary aid of my teammates and coaches. All of that credit should be shared with them as well. “

Jake Angelico found out about his award during early batting practice at McCarthy Field on Feb. 6.

“I was extremely excited and surprised when coach told me I won it,” he said. “There's a lot of great hitters in our conference, and to be recognized as one of the best is something really special. It really meant a lot to me.”

Angelico said he hopes to keep putting up numbers and earn a few more awards throughout the season.

Strong, who declined to be interviewed for this story, also has been putting up numbers this season. In addition to scoring 40-points against Nebraska Kerney, he has helped lead the Jets to multiple wins this season, and now playoff hopes are just in reach.

PHOTO: Courtsey Photo, Newman Athletics