From OPSU Sports Info.
Justine Gaskamp, Sports Information Director
Goodwell, Okla.—Aggie basketball players Sarah Johnson and Bill Lee were named OPSU Student Athletes of the Year following a vote by the head coaches and athletic administration after regular season play had wrapped up for 2013-2014.
Sarah Johnson finished her senior season as an Aggie and graduated this past weekend with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Johnson was named Heartland Conference Player of the Week in January and was recognized three times throughout the season as OPSU Student Athlete of the Week. The Muleshoe, Texas native was also named to the 2013-2014 All-Heartland Conference Second Team.
As starting point guard, Johnson ranked second in the Heartland Conference in scoring averaging 18 points per game; she led the Aggies in points scored 20 out of 26 games this season, earning the most points on the team for 14 straight games. Johnson earned a career-high 38 points against conference opponent University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, leading the Aggies to a 71-65 victory and their lone conference win of the season.
Charles Terry, head women’s basketball coach, had this to say of Johnson, “Sarah was the heart & soul of our team. Her work ethic and love for the game was a great plus for us. We are welcoming Sarah as our student assistant this fall with the Lady Aggies.”
Bill Lee made huge contributions to the men’s basketball team over his career, setting two big milestones this season; he reached the 1,000-point mark and totaled over 500 career rebounds as an Aggie. Lee was recognized five times this year as OPSU Student Athlete of the Week and also received honors as 2013-2014 All-Heartland Conference Honorable Mention for men’s basketball.
Head men’s basketball coach Jerry Olson said this, “Bill Lee ended up having a fantastic career for us. He was a huge mismatch problem for opponents. He was able to score on the block, penetrate at will on isolations, and could hit the 3-pointer. Bill is going to be missed.”
Lee came to OPSU from Chicago, Ill. and was the starting forward for the Aggie men; he finished his senior season ranked third in the conference for rebounding averaging 8.1 per game and ranked fifth in field-goal percentage (.512). Lee led the Aggies in rebounding 18 games this season and earned seven double-doubles throughout the year. Lee also graduated this past weekend and now holds a degree in Health and Physical Education.
Congratulations to these two fine representatives of Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Aggie Athletics.Plaques will be on display in the Oscar Williams Field House as recognition of current of future Aggies of the Year.