Area athletes have started making an impact early on this season with their respective colleges. Here’s a look at some that have stood out.
Brent Bach: The Augusta graduate and Bellarmine University senior was named Most Valuable Player of the Cesar Odio Thanksgiving Classic, after scoring a career-high 21 points in a 76-74 win against Lynn University on Saturday. Bach scored the game-winning layup with 1.8 seconds remaining. He had 14 points and six rebounds in the first game of the tournament, a 75-69 win against Barry University. Bach has averaged 11 points and 3.3 rebounds while helping the Knights get off to a 6-0 start to the season.
Bailey Cummins: The Bracken County graduate recently received Mid-South Conference Player of the Week honors for her performance on the hardwood with Shawnee State University. Cummins scored 17 points, came down with three rebounds and dished out three assists in a 91-55 win against Columbia College on Friday and had 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 63-48 win against Westmont College on Saturday. Cummins has averaged 14.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as the Bears have gotten off to a 7-3 start.
Shawn Johnson: The Mason County graduate has started all eight games for Campbellsville University, averaging 12 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Johnson most recently had 16 points and nine rebounds in a 101-70 win against Brescia on Saturday as part of the Campbellsville University Classic. The Tigers are off to a 7-1 start this season.
Troy Steward and Darion Burns: The pair from Fleming County have had a hand in Georgetown jumping out to a 13-0 start this season. Steward is averaging 15.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, while Burns has started all 13 games and is averaging four points and 3.2 rebounds.