Thatcher, three Diggers named All-Americans

Thatcher, three Diggers named All-Americans

Kloie Thatcher is an All-American.

The 2018 Butte Central graduate and Rocky Mountain College sophomore received an honorable mention as the NAIA 2019-20 Division I men’s and women’s All-American teams were released. (Women’s team; Men’s team)

Thatcher, who averaged 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Battlin’ Bears, is joined by Montana Tech’s Taylor England, Sindou Diallo and Mesa Williams in receiving the All-American honorable mention.

Williams, a junior, received the mention after averaging 15.2 points per game to lead the Orediggers. She passed the career 1,000-point total late in the season.

Rocky senior Markaela Francis was the lone first-team women’s selection from the Frontier Conference. She led the league in scoring with 17.7 points per game.

Carroll College junior Christine Denny and University of Providence junior Parker Esary were named to the second team, while Providence junior Emilee Maldonado and Lewis-Clark State’s Kiara Burlage made the third team.

Honorable mentions went to Dani Wagner of Carroll, Savanna Bignell of Montana Western and Jamie Nielson of Lewis-Clark State.

Diallo, a junior transfer who electrified the HPER Complex during the season, averaged 19.1 points per game to lead the Oredigger men this past season. The hard-working England added 15.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on his way to the honorable mention.

Providence junior Zaccheus Darko-Kelly, who averaged a league-best 22.6 points per is the Frontier’s lone representative on the first team. Carroll senior Dane Warp made the second team, and Lewis-Clark junior Damek Mitchell was placed on the third team.

Honorable mentions went to Adam Huse of MSU-Northern, Trystan Bradley of Lewis-Clark State and Jaxen Hashley of Providence.

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