Men's Basketball

Transy's Spurlin, Lane named HCAC player, coach of the year

Transylvania basketball's Ethan Spurlin
Transylvania basketball's Ethan Spurlin

Transylvania's Ethan Spurlin was named the 2011-12 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, and the Pioneers' Brian Lane was named Coach of the Year in voting announced by the league on Tuesday.

Transy's Brandon Rash joined Spurlin on the All-HCAC first team. Teammate Barrett Meyer earned second-team recognition, and Tate Cox received honorable mention. Mike Stone was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.

The Pioneers won their fourth HCAC regular-season men's basketball title, as well as an at-large berth into the Division III NCAA Tournament. Transylvania (23-4) will host Carroll University of Waukesha, Wis., (16-9) at the Beck Center in Lexington on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Spurlin, a junior forward from Lincoln County, averaged 16.9 points and 6.4 rebounds and shot 55.6 percent from the field.

Lane was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time after leading the Pioneers to the regular-season conference title with a 16-2 record.



Player of the Year: Ethan Spurlin, Transylvania

Freshman of the Year: Greg Flores, Manchester

Coach of the Year: Brian Lane, Transylvania



Phil Hogan Anderson Jr. G

Logan Wolfrum Defiance Jr. G

Mike Case Hanover Sr. C

Jordan Moss Manchester Sr. G

Brandon Rash Transylvania Jr. F

Ethan Spurlin Transylvania Jr. F


Brock Morrison Anderson Sr. F

Josh Fisher Bluffton Jr. G

Ryan Nowicki Hanover Jr. G

Julian Strickland Rose-Hulman So. G

Austin Weatherford Rose-Hulman Jr. G

Barrett Meyer Transylvania Jr. G

Honorable Mention

Andrew Bowman Anderson Sr. F

Mychal Hill Bluffton Sr. G

Anthony Brown Defiance Sr. G

Will Conoley Franklin Sr. C

Gunner Erwin Franklin Jr. F

Jason Spindler Manchester Sr. C

David Mann Mount St. Joseph So. F

Tate Cox Transylvania So. G

All-Sportsmanship Team

Andrew Bowman Anderson Sr. F

Steve Swick Bluffton Sr. G

Anthony Brown Defiance Sr. G

Kyle Calder Earlham Sr. G

Mark Kwiatkowski Franklin Fr. G

Jim Faehr Hanover Jr. G

Matt Morris Manchester Sr. F

David Lane Mount St. Joseph Sr. G

Julian Strickland Rose-Hulman So. G

Mike Stone Transylvania Sr. G/F