Basketball athletes

Honors for SPSCC Clippers basketball athletes

Several South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) student-athletes have won the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) all-region awards, according to a news release from the school.

The SPSCC athletes honored by AFAC are:

  • Payten Foster, AFAC West Region 2nd Team
  • Sharay Trotter, West Region Rookie of the Year, Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year
  • Justin Hicks, 2nd Team AFAC West Region for Men’s Basketball
  • Head Coach Darah Vining. West Region Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year

Foster was an all-around powerhouse this season as a guard/forward on the team and was a leader in points, rebounds and steals.

Trotter ranked seventh overall in the AFAC this season averaging 16.4 points per game, which was her career-high 27 points in the Clippers’ game against Centralia College.

Foster and Trotter are two of four SPSCC women’s basketball players who have posted double-digit averages this season.

Hicks is considered a powerhouse for the Clippers, contributing 13 points in the team’s opener against Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, racking up 21 points and ten rebounds against Edmond College in Lynnwood later in the season .

Lady Clipper head coach Darah Vining has been recognized for her leadership, particularly during the year the pandemic suspended the season.

“There were a lot of student-athletes who could have left but decided to stay and play for Coach Vining,” said Vernell Willingham, SPSCC athletic director. “It says a lot about her and her ability to engage these young women and retain them.”

Many players have been named to the quarterly list of vice presidents and presidents between 2020 and 2021.

“She continued to prepare these young girls for academic success,” Willingham added. “So when they started playing, they learned to balance studies with athletics.”

“I’m really proud of them,” Willingham said. “It’s exciting that in a short period of time the program can be where it is and be competitive in this tough western region.