Forester basketball players garner postseason awards

Huntington, Ind.—Aside from the team’s outstanding performance as runner-up at the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Tournament, several players also received individual honors in recognition of their accomplishments during the tournament and throughout the season.

Chase Verba
Senior forward Chase Verba, a business management major from Angola, Ind., was chosen by Huntington University’s coaching staff to receive the NAIA Champions of Character award. It is an award given to one player from each team represented at the NAIA National Tournament. The Champions of Character program emphasizes the five core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. The recipient is a player that best represented those values throughout the season.

Doug Sheckler
The NAIA National Tournament Committee selected sophomore forward Doug Sheckler, an elementary education major from Columbia City, Ind., as the recipient of the tournament’s Hustle Award and juniors Alex Kock, a physical education major from Auburn, Ind., and Kyle Ganton, an elementary education major from Coldwater, Mich., were both named to the All-Tournament team. The NAIA also released its postseason awards, and Kock and Ganton garnered All-America honors as well for their outstanding seasons. Kock, the Mid-Central Conference’s Co-Player of the Year, was a First Team selection and Ganton was named to the Second Team.

Alex Kock

Kyle Ganton

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


Heather Barkley
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