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YC to honor NAIA All-Americans

Banners of six NAIA All-Americans hang in the Freeman Center at York College. These represent students whose level of play and ability were recognized by the nation as belonging to an elite team of athletes.  Between basketball games this past Friday night, York College honored three of these student-athletes who made a huge impact in their sport and on their teammates while at York College. 

Misty WellmanMisty (Wellman) Brestel, a native of York, graduated in 2002 with a degree in Biology and now works at Metz Mortuary.  Misty manned the center position for the York College women’s basketball team and won 20 games in 2001 – 2002. She was a leader in field goals made in a season (203), points scored in a season (561), free throws made in a game (15), rebounds in a game (22), rebounds in a career (1,294), and blocked shots in a game (9).  At the completion of her career Misty owned many records that would later be broken by her younger sister Ashley. 

Ashley WellmanAshley Wellman, also from York, graduated in 2007, with a degree in Biology and now works with Nebraska Hematology-Oncology as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is also enrolled in a Masters degree program in Clinical Research Administration, and hopes to stay within the field of Oncology clinical trials. Ashley also played the center position for the YC women’s basketball team and led the Lady Panthers in points scored in a game (37), rebounds in a season (346), blocks in a season (68) blocks in a career (212), points scored in a career (1,888), and free throws made in a career (572). 

John Richards, of Littleton, Colorado, graduated this past December with a degree in Biology, and was the starting centerfielder for the baseball team.  While on the team, he batted .383 his first year and .426 in his second season. He was a key player for the Panthers as they advanced from the conference tournament to regionals each of those years.  He is the York College all-time leader in stolen bases in a season (40), and hits in a season (84), and has the second highest batting average of all-time for the Panthers (.426).  John Richards

In reflecting on her time at playing for the Lady Panthers, Brestel stated, “Being a part of a team, you are linked for a common purpose.  In sports, of course, that purpose is to win.  But here at York College, it is so much more than that.  You become part of a family.  You make memories with your family, you battle with your family, and you succeed with your family.  No matter how many games (on or off the court) won or lost, you are still family. And after your time is through here, though each and every one of us takes a different path, we still remain a family. It is so much more than just an athletic experience.”

A fourth All American, Greg Smith, will be honored at a later date for his accomplishments in Wrestling at York College.  Other York College All-Americans include Alain Laroche for Basketball and Jeremy Williams for Baseball.

Pictures from ceremony


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