April 7, 2011

SHU Newcomer Hannah Kimmel Finishes High School Career as New York State Co-Player of the Year

Fairfield, CT – Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, NY) has been named the New York State Class C Co-Player of the Year after averaging 30 points per game in her senior season.  The annual award is selected by the New York State Sports Writers & Coaches Organization for Girls Sports.  She becomes the second incoming Pioneer to be selected as a 'player of the year' after Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, AZ) earned a similar honor in Arizona.  Kimmel broke the Section 4 all-time scoring record with 2,692 career points, making her seventh in the history of New York high school girl's basketball.

"Hannah is a versatile player-who can go inside and out," said Pioneer head coach Ed Swanson.  "She is a high energy player who will compete on every play.  We love her toughness and work ethic.  Our staff believes she can have an immediate impact on our program."

Kimmel also garnered the title of Elite 10 Girls Player of the Year as chosen by a group of regional newspapers, the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Star-Gazette of Elmira and The Ithaca Journal.  She added 9.5 rebounds and four steals per game en route to capturing her third consecutive section scoring crown.  Kimmel and the Hornets won the Section 4 championship and were the runners-up in the state tournament, closing the year as the second ranked team in New York.

The future SHU guard has also excelled in the classroom during her high school career.  Kimmel has found her way onto the Principal's list every semester since 2007, the year in which she also became a member of the National Honor Society.  A talented all-around athlete, she was an all-state field hockey player in her freshman campaign of 2007-08.  Kimmel's AAU Basketball team won the under 16 division of the 2010 Penn State Tournament earlier this season.

Kimmel plans to make an impact at Sacred Heart and stated in the Press & Sun Bulletin, "I'll work hard because I want to be out there. I don't want to be one of the 'extra' players. I want to be one of the main players."

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