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Warsaw grad claims NAIA D-II's top honor

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Indiana Wesleyan junior guard Kyle Mangas, a Warsaw graduate, was named NAIA Division II Player of the Year, the organization announced Thursday.

Mangas averaged 26 points, six rebounds and four assists, ranking third in the NAIA in points per game and breaking his own Indiana Wesleyan record with 860 points this season. He also became Wesleyan's all-time leading scorer and is just 21 points shy of 2,500.

“I want to dedicate this award to my team,” Mangas said in a statement. “We were focused on winning a championship and left Sioux Falls (site of the NAIA Division II national tournament) disappointed that we did not get the chance to compete. I want this award to represent the entire team's efforts to achieve such a successful season.”

Though the national tournament was canceled in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 the Wildcats still compiled a 29-4 record and finished ranked No. 2 nationally. Mangas led the Crossroads League in scoring and was in the top 30 nationally in eight categories. He is the first Crossroads League player to win national Player of the Year since Bethel's William Walker in 2009.

“(Mangas) inherited a locker room of success but has raised the bar to a new level,” Wildcats coach Greg Tonagel said. “He daily competes for his teammates because that is just who he is, a fearless competitor whose real desire is to make everyone around him better.”

Local NAIAAll-Americans

Mangas also earned first-team NAIA Division II All-American honors, the third time he has done so in his career. He was joined on the men's first team by Bethel's TreVion Crews, a North Side grad who averaged 20.3 points and 8.5 rebounds.

On the women's side, Taylor's Becca Buchs, an Angola graduate, was a first-team All-American, as was Sarah Fryman of Huntington, a Huntington North graduate and Crossroads League Player of the Year who ranked second nationally with 23.1 points per game.

Indiana Tech's DeAnn Kauffman, who averaged 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds while leading Indiana Tech to 19 straight wins to close the season, was a third-team All-American, while the Warriors' men's basketball team was represented by sophomore Josh Kline, who averaged 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds on his way to honorable mention honors.

Also among the honorable mentions were Spring Arbor junior Brandon Durnell, a Homestead graduate, and Antwaan Cushingberry, Saint Francis's leading scorer at 13.3 points per game who also ranked 33rd nationally in assists at 3.8 per game.

Paul Marandet, a senior at Spring Arbor and a Warsaw graduate, also earned honorable-mention recognition after leading the Cougars with 19.1 points per game and shooting close to 42% from 3-point range. Also among the men's honorable mentions was Grace junior Haden Deaton, who averaged 16.5 points while helping the Lancers to a spot in the NAIA National Championships.

Saint Francis women's leading scorer Lauren McBryar, a junior who averaged 12.5 points, earned honorable-mention All-American honors, as well. Taylor's Abby Buchs and Grace's Vironnica Drake were also on that list.

Drake finishes her Grace career as the program's leading scorer, ranked No. 4 in rebounds and No. 7 in assists.

PFW men's soccer hires assistant

Kooten Johnson will be the new assistant coach at Purdue Fort Wayne men's soccer under head coach Stephen Gorton. Johnson has spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at Division III Monmouth College, where he was named the 2019 Midwest Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year.

The Mastodons are coming off a 3-15 record in 2019.

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