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Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - Nov. 14-20

Centennial Conference Athletes of the Week - Nov. 14-20

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Fall weekly awards are now in the rearview mirror as winter sports approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Weekly awards were presented for the week of Nov. 14-20 in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and wrestling. 

This week's honorees include Ryan Hughes of Ursinus men's basketball, Joy Sanders of Washington College women's basketball, Matt Hopkins of Franklin & Marshall men's swimming, Mia Yancey of Gettysburg women's swimming, and Jaedyn Harris of McDaniel wrestling. 

See below for more details on each of this week's award winners. 

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Athlete of the Week
Ryan Hughes, Sr., G, Ursinus
Middletown, Pa. | Middletown
Hughes averaged 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 65.4% from the floor in a 2-0 week for Ursinus. He opened the week with 25 points off a near perfect 9-of-11 shooting from the field while grabbing nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the Bears' 99-72 win over TCNJ last Tuesday. He followed that with a heroic 28-point performance in the Bears 90-86 overtime win over Widener on Saturday. Hughes has scored at least 20 points in all four games for Ursinus this season.

Athlete of the Week
Joy Sanders, Sr., G, Washington College
Baltimore, Md. | Cristo Rey Jesuit
Sanders averaged 15.0 points per game and 7.5 rebounds a game in a 2-0 week for the Shorewomen. On Saturday, she capped her 13-point performance, which was a team-best, with the game-winning layup with two seconds left to give Washington a 53-52 win over visiting Franklin & Marshall in the Centennial opener. On Tuesday night in a 52-47 win over visiting Marymount, Sanders tallied her second career double-double with a career-high 17 points and tied her personal best in rebounds with 10 as she led all players in both categories.


Athlete of the Week
Matt Hopkins, Sr., Franklin & Marshall
Wayne, Pa. | Malvern Prep
Hopkins won two individual and two relay events over the weekend at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational. Hopkins won both the 50 freestyle (20.73) and 100 freestyle (45.68), which rank atop the conference and 15th and 17th in the nation so far this season, respectively. He was also part of the Diplomats' 200 freestyle (1:22.82) and 400 freestyle (3:03.62) relay teams. Those relay times rank fifth and sixth in the nation, respectively. Hopkins added a runner-up finish in the 400 medley relay (3:31.60), placed third in the 200 medley relay (1:33.45), and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (52.02).

Athlete of the Week
Mia Yancey, So., Getttysburg
Wallingford, Pa. | Strath Haven
Yancey had a huge weekend to lead the Bullets to a second-place finish at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational with three individual program records. She was fourth in the 200 IM (2:08.63) to break that record on Friday. On Saturday, she bested the 200 free record, winning the event with a time of 1:53.00. She rounded out the weekend with a record in the 100 free on Sunday, taking second in a time of 51.93 seconds. She was also part of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays. All of those times rank among the top-30 in the nation this season. 

Athlete of the Week
Jaedyn Harris, Jr., 197, McDaniel
Hagerstown, Md. | Washington Tech
Harris posted two victories over nationally-ranked wrestlers as McDaniel posted a 3-0 record in the Dr. Sam Case Duals, including a 24-19 victory over No. 18 Lycoming. With the Green Terror holding an 18-13 lead against the Warriors, Harris sealed the win at 197 with a pin of Gable Crebs in 1:53. Crebs entered the match ranked at No. 5 nationally by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). In a 23-22 win over Wilkes, Harris followed with his second victory of the day over a nationally-ranked wrestler, all but securing the win for McDaniel with a pin over Cameron Butka in overtime at 8:23. Butka is ranked 13th nationally. Harris finished the day 3-0 with two pins and a tech fall.