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Lakeland Rustlers Women’s basketball coach named coach of the year

Lakeland College women’s basketball coach Chris King has won the ACAC North Coach of the Year.

This is King’s fourth time receiving the award after coaching the women’s team for the past 12 seasons. King has also lead the Rustlers to a bronze medal in the 2018-19 season, their first medal in women’s basketball.

“It’s a very big achievement. All the coaches within the league vote on it and for him to be recognized by the other teams in the division is very acknowledging and good for him,” says Ty Plandowski, the Rustlers Game Day Coordinator.

“We’ve seen it in person, he’s very good with them. He knows how to push them and get the best results out of them and, hopefully, they see that at provincials.”

The coach wasn’t the only one awarded as players Brianne Hergott, Bilge Topaloglu and Jaden Cook all received recognition from the ACAC. Hergott was named to the ACAC North First All-Conference team.

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“That means she’s representing the North as one of the top players in her position. For her to be a fifth-year and for her to hopefully push Lakeland to a provincial medal this year it’s very comforting to know that she’s leaving the program in good hands and being the best leader she can be.”

Topaloglu and Cook were named to the ACAC North Second All-Conference team. The announcement was made in Medicine Hat ahead of the ACAC Championships. The team will be facing the Olds College Broncos on March 6 at 6 p.m.

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