Talented Sophomores Named to All-Region Team

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Photo of the 2018-2019 Casper College Women's Basketball team.

The 2018-2019 Casper College Women’s Basketball team. Pictured (l-r) standing: Reka Soos, freshman guard from Zsombo, Hungary; Nazli Bayazit, freshman guard from Erdemli-Mersin, Turkey; Raquel Ferrer-Bernad, freshman guard from Lleida, Spain; Nerea Baena Criado, sophomore center from Barcelona, Spain; Jaye Johnson, sophomore guard from Casper, Wyoming; Julia Kucko, freshman guard from Torun, Poland; Ashley Tehau, freshman guard from Buffalo, Wyoming; and Maddie Hieb, red shirt freshman forward from Gillette, Wyoming. Pictured (l-r) kneeling: Lucie Hoskova, sophomore forward from Brno, Czech Republic; Maggie Justinak, sophomore guard from Rock Springs, Wyoming; Bailey Johnson, freshman guard, and Mya Jones, sophomore forward, both from Rapid City, South Dakota. Casper College photo.

Players from the Casper College Lady Thunderbirds Basketball team have been named to the 2018-2019 North All-Region IX Team, All-Defensive Team, and All-Region IX Tournament Team.

The team finished the regular season 27-7 overall, 13-1 in the Sub-Region IX North, and are back-to-back Region IX North Champions. In the two years the sophomores have played at Casper College, “… they have an astounding overall record of 58-10, and a 27-1 record in the Sub-Region IX North Conference play. These sophomores had an amazing run while at Casper College,” said Dwight Gunnare, head coach.

Those named to the North All-Region Team include Nerea Baena Criado, a 6’0” sophomore center from Barcelona, Spain; Lucie Hoskova, a 5’10” forward from Brno, Czech Republic; and Maggie Justinak, a 5’7” sophomore guard from Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Named to the North All-Region IX Defensive Team was Jaye Johnson, a 5’10” guard from Casper. Hoskova, Johnson, and Justinak were also selected to the All-Region IX Tournament Team.

“This is an exceptional tribute to the quality of our players, and they are all well deserving of this award,” said Gunnare.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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