Chipola Sweeps Panhandle POY Honors

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 5, 2014) – The Panhandle Conference media released its 2014 all-conference basketball teams on Wednesday. Fifteen members of the conference’s media selected first- and second-team all-conference squads, as well as an all-freshman team, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year for both men and women.

Chipola College’s Sam Cassell, Jr., already named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year by league coaches, was the media’s pick for men’s Player of the Year honors. He was also a unanimous selection for men’s Freshman of the Year.

In the women’s voting, Chipola’s Evelyn Akhator was selected as Player of the Year while Northwest Florida State College’s Simone Westbrook was named Freshman of the Year.

Coach of the Year honors went to Pensacola State College’s Pete Pena, who guided the Pirates to a share of the PC men’s championship, and Chipola’s Greg Franklin, whose team won the PC women’s title with a perfect 12-0 record. Franklin was a unanimous pick for women’s Coach of the Year.

NOTE: The media vote has no bearing on all-state, all-region and all-America voting.

2014 Panhandle Conference Media

All-PC Men’s Basketball Teams

First-team (points)

Sam Cassell, Jr., Fr., Chipola (139)

Farad Cobb, So., Northwest Florida State (108)

Devon Baulkman, So., Gulf Coast State (99)

Carlos Morris, So., Chipola (72)

Elliott Cole, Fr., Gulf Coast State (71)

Second-team (points)

Earvin Morris, So., Tallahassee (52)

Tevin Glass, So., Northwest Florida State (41)

RaAnthony Sanders, So., Pensacola State (40)

Benji Bell, Fr., Northwest Florida State (35)

Cameron Naylor, So., Tallahassee (30)

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

Basil Deveaux, So., Gulf Coast State; Demetrius Floyd, So., Chipola; Darnell Harris, So., Northwest Florida State; Leonard Livingston, So., Pensacola State.

All-Freshman Team (points)

Sam Cassell, Jr., Chipola (70)

Elliott Cole, Gulf Coast State (52)

Benji Bell, Northwest Florida State (34)

Jonathan Wade, Gulf Coast State (20)

Dirk Williams, Tallahassee (12)

Player of the Year: Sam Cassell, Jr., Chipola

Freshman of the Year: Sam Cassell, Jr., Chipola

Coach of the Year: Pete Pena, Pensacola State

2014 Panhandle Conference Media

All-PC Women’s Basketball Teams

First-team (points)

Evelyn Akhator, Fr., Chipola (130)

Simone Westbrook, Fr., Northwest Florida State (126)

Jessica Morton, So., Gulf Coast State (100)

Carla Batchelor, So., Northwest Florida State (63)

Addesha Collins, So., Tallahassee (57)

Second-team (points)

Teadra Jones, So., Pensacola State (56)

Brianna Wright, So., Chipola (41)

Chelsey Gibson, Fr., Gulf Coast State (40)

Dominique Powell, So., Gulf Coast State (40)

Khadijah Ellison, So., Chipola (23) - tie

Tiffany Lewis, Fr., Chipola (23) - tie

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

Kayla Montgomery, So., Gulf Coast State.

All-Freshman Team (points)

Simone Westbrook, Northwest Florida State (63)

Evelyn Akhator, Chipola (60)

Chelsey Gibson, Gulf Coast State (33)

Tiffany Lewis, Chipola (19)

Tyisha Moore, Pensacola State (19)

Player of the Year: Evelyn Akhator, Chipola

Freshman of the Year: Simone Westbrook, Northwest Florida State

Coach of the Year: Greg Franklin, Chipola