Crossroads News
Sun, Feb. 17, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]

Hartford City, IN – The Crossroads League is pleased to announce the 2012-13 Men's Basketball All-Crossroads League selections following the completion of a successful regular season. Student-athletes are named to All-Crossroads League teams following a vote by league head coaches at the end of regular season play. The top players in the Crossroads League are recognized as First, Second, and Third Team All-Crossroads League. A All-Defensive team recognizes the top defensive players, and All-Newcomer selections represent excellence by players in their first year of Crossroads League play. This year's honorees are led by Patrick Hopkins, of Indiana Wesleyan, the 2012-13 Crossroads League Player of the Year.


Patrick Hopkins, of Indiana Wesleyan, was voted Crossroads League Player of the Year after an outstanding 2012-13 season. The senior forward currently holds several statistical rankings in NAIA DII men's basketball, ranking #1  in defensive rebounds per game (7.8), and  2nd in both total rebounds (311) and rebounds per game (10.367). In league play Hopkins tallied 330 points, an 18.33 per game average, and 211 rebounds, averaging 11.72 boards per Crossroads League contest.  The Wildcats are currently ranked #6 in the NAIA top 25, and enter Crossroads League tournament play as the #1 seed after winning the 2012-13 Crossroads League Regular Season Championship with a 14-4 record.

Following his strong senior season for the Lancers of Grace College, Bruce Grimm Jr. is the 2012-13 Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year. Grimm led the lancers in points, assists and steals for the season, and helped the Lancers to a 2nd place finish in league standings with a 13-5 record. The 6'2 guard from Rochester, IN tallied 33 steals in league play and posted 49 defensive rebounds.

In his first season of competition in the Crossroads League Jason Dawson has been named the 2012-13 Newcomer of the Year. Dawson Led the Cougars of Mount Vernon in Points, rebounds, and steals during the 2012-13 season. Dawson totaled 342 points in league play this season, scoring a season high 40 against Huntington in their first league meeting.

After only 8 seasons as head coach at Indiana Wesleyan Greg Tonagel has led the Wildcats to an impressive 5th straight Regular Season Championship, and has also been recognized by his peers as the 2012-13 Crossroads League Coach of the Year. Tonagel and the Wildcats posted a 14-4 league record, and went 25-5 overall in regular season competitions for 2012-13. Ranked 6th in the latest NAIA top 25 poll the wildcats will represent the Crossroads League at the NAIA National Championships after claiming an automatic bid as regular season champions. Tonagel is currently the winningest coach in Indiana Wesleyan's program history and has led the wildcats to NAIA tournament appearances the past 4 seasons.

A complete listing of the 2012-13 All-Crossroads League selections can be found below. Congratulations to this year's winners, and best of luck to all teams competing in postseason tournament play!

All-Crossroads League First Team

Patrick Hopkins – Indiana Wesleyan

Jordan Weidner – Indiana Wesyean

Scott Kohne – Saint Francis

Bruce Grimm – Grace

Chris Bellamy – Spring Arbor

Shane Merryman – Huntington


All-Crossroads League Second Team

Greg Miller – Grace

Casey Coons – Taylor

Jordan Bowerman – Bethel

Rob Hogans – Spring Arbor

Jason Dawson – Mount Vernon


All-Crossroads League Third Team

Ryan Benner – Bethel

Tommy Peller – Taylor

Jake Stafford – Marian

Zach Miller – Bethel

Josh Hogan – Saint Francis


All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention

Elliot Smith – Grace

Matt Schauss – Bethel

Matt Van Pelt – Spring Arbor

Kevin Bloom – Saint Francis


Crossroads League All-Defensive Team

Bruce Grimm Jr. – Grace

Matt Van Pelt – Spring Arbor

Patrick Hopkins – Indiana Wesleyan

Tommy Peller – Taylor

Kyle Davis – Goshen

Scott Kohne – Saint Francis


Crossroads League All-Newcomer Team

Jason Dawson – Mount Vernon

Jerron Jamerson – Goshen

Jason Riley – Marian

Kyle Sovine – Saint Francis

Mark Lieberman – Mount Vernon

Travis Smith - Bethel


2012-13 Men's Basketball All-Crossroads League Team