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Carroll College takes multiple Frontier honors; Providence's Emilee Maldonado player of the year

Rachelle Sayers
Posted at 3:34 PM, Mar 02, 2021

WHITEFISH — After winning the Frontier Conference regular-season and tournament championships, the Carroll College women's basketball team received a number of accolades from the league on Tuesday.

Fighting Saints coach Rachelle Sayers was named the Frontier's coach of the year, sophomore Jamie Pickens was selected the newcomer of the year, sophomore Maddie Geritz was the co-sixth player of the year and three more players received all-conference recognition. Christine Denny and Dani Wagner joined Pickens on the all-conference first team, while Sienna Swannack was a second-team all-conference pick. Molly McDermott was selected for Carroll's Champions of Character honor, as well.

University of Providence senior guard Emilee Maldonado was selected the Frontier Conference player of the year and was joined by teammate Parker Esary on the all-conference first team. Brynley Fitzgerald of Montana Western was also a first-team all-conference selection.

Maddy Dixon of Providence and L’Tia Lawrence of MSU-Northern were named co-freshmen of the year. Lawrence also shared the sixth player of the year honor with Gertiz.

Montana Western senior guard Paige Holmes repeated as defensive player of the year.

The complete Frontier Conference all-conference teams are below.

All-conference first team

Christine Denny#^, Carroll College, 5-foot-9, Sr., G, Fairfield, Wash.
Jamie Pickens, Carroll College, 6-2, So., F, Helena, Mont.
Dani Wagner#^, Carroll College, 5-9, Sr., G, Havre, Mont.
Brynley Fitzgerald, Montana Western, 5-11, Jr., G, Dillon, Mont.
Parker Esary*^, University of Providence, 6-1, Sr., C, Kalama, Wash.
Emilee Maldonado*^, University of Providence, 5-5, Sr., G, Sunnyside, Wash.

All-conference second team

Sienna Swannack~, Carroll College, 5-9, Jr., G, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
Tiara Gilham, MSU-Northern, 5-10, Sr., F, Browning, Mont.
Mesa Williams#+, Montana Tech, 5-10, Sr., G/F, White Sulphur Springs, Mont.
Paige Holmes~, Montana Western, 5-6, Sr., G, Seeley Lake, Mont.
Kloie Thatcher^+, Rocky Mountain College, 5-7, Jr., G, Butte, Mont.

All-conference honorable mention

Peyton Kehr, MSU-Northern, 5-9, Sr., G, Columbia Falls, Mont.
Dani Urick, Montana Tech, 5-10, Jr., G, Belt, Mont.

Champions of Character

Molly McDermott, Carroll College, 6-2, Jr., G/F, Spokane, Wash.
Allix Goldhahn, MSU-Northern, 5-9, Jr., G, Fairfield, Mont.
Jaden Comings, Montana Tech, 5-8, So., G/F, Philipsburg, Mont.
Paige Holmes, Montana Western, 5-6, Sr., G, Seeley Lake, Mont.
Lauren Ryter, Rocky Mountain College, 6-0, So., F, Hamilton, Mont.
Sam Holman, University of Providence, 5-7, Sr., G, Helena, Mont.

^ 2019-2020 first-team selection
+ 2019-2020 second-team selection
~ 2019-2020 honorable mention selection
* 2018-2019 first-team selection
# 2018-2019 second-team selection
^ 2018-2019 honorable mention selection