MUSKEGON–Three Muskegon Community College women’s basketball players – Mariah Pringle, Julia Tierman, Susan Sizman and Trina Lewis – earned 2021-22 all-conference honors while Jayhawk head coach Jason Cooper was voted the Coach of the Year in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference.
Pringle, a 5-11 sophomore forward, was named to the first team. The Kaleva, MI, native and Brethren High grad recorded a team-high 392 points (14.0 per game) and 248 rebounds (8.9 per game) this year. Her 88-of-112 free throws also leads the team. Pringle was also chosen to the conference All-Defensive Team. Her 61 blocked shots account for two-thirds of the team’s season totals.
“Mariah is the MVP of our team,” said Cooper. “We rely on her on both the offensive and defensive ends.”
Tierman and Sizman were second team all-league selections.
Tierman, a 5-4 sophomore guard, leads the team with her 125 assists (4.6 per game) and is third in scoring with 328 points (12.1 per game). The Norton Shores, MI, native and Mona Shores High grad has connected on 73-of-98 free throws (74.5%). She leads the team with 55 steals.
“Julia is the engine to our team offensively,” said Cooper. “Being the point guard, I ask a lot of her. She is my assistant coach on the floor.”
Sizman, who hails from Sabro, Denmark, was also named to the conference’s All-Freshmen Team. The 5-7 guard is second in scoring with 355 points (13.1 per game) and three-point field goals with 40. Her 87-of-114 free throws (76.3%) is second her 41 steals is third best on the team.
“She can score in bunches,” noted Cooper. “She’s a threat on the perimeter and getting to the basket.”
Lewis, a Muskegon Reeths Puffer grad, was named to the all-conference third team. The 5-10 freshman forward tallied 215 points (8.0 per game) and was second on the team with 169 rebounds (6.3 per game) and 48 steals (1.7 per game).
“Trina plays every possession as if it’s her last,” said Cooper. “She gives us that intensity and grit that’s needed on this team.”
Cooper has now been named Coach of the Year three times in his four seasons at MCC. This year, he has guided the 28-4 Jayhawks to the 16-team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 16-team national championships for a second consecutive season. Along the way, the Jayhawks won the MCCAA Western Conference and the NJCAA District titles.
At the Great Lakes District A Championships in Flint on March 4-5, Jayhawk freshman guard Calla Miller, a Fremont High grad, was named the Tournament MVP.
“She was the major reason we won the regional championship,” said Cooper. “She is our sharpshooter from the perimeter. She was 10 of 24 in two games from three-point land.”
All photo’s below are courtesy of Peter Koryzno/Muskegon Community College