In other news regarding Shepherd University athletics, senior cornerback Keon Robinson of the Shepherd football team was named as a second team selection for the 2012 Don Hansen Division II All-America Team. During the season, Robinson was a critical part of the Rams defense, which led NCAA Division II in rushing defense (52.64) and ranked eighth in tackles for a loss and scoring defense. He made 52 tackles during the year; 40 of those were solo stops. In addition, Robinson had four interceptions, one of which resulted in a touchdown; 10 pass breakups; two fumble recoveries; and a blocked kick. Finally, Robinson recorded 14 kickoff returns, one for a touchdown, and 17 punt returns, one for a touchdown on special teams.
On Jan. 21, Gabby Flinchum of the Shepherd University women’s basketball team was named the WVIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Flinchum helped lead her team to a 3-0 record in the team’s three games last week against Wheeling Jesuit, Seton Hill and Fairmont State. She averaged a stellar 14.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.6 blocks per game last week.
The Shepherd University softball team has been picked to finish this upcoming season fourth by the 2013 WVIAC Softball Coaches’ Preseason Poll. After finishing fourth last year, the Rams are considered by many to be a favorite to win this year’s WVIAC conference championship. The majority of last year’s roster such asTayler Schaefer, who registered a team-best .321 batting average, and Bianca Biondillo, who scored 31 runs and was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season, will return for the 2013 season. West Virginia Wesleyan was ranked first in the poll, receiving 10 of the 14 first place votes, and is the favorite to win its sixth consecutive WVIAC Championship.