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Harper's Amarino named N4C coach of the year

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By Jonathan Cregier

One week after retiring, from coaching baskeball, Harper's Tony Amarino was name North Central Community College Conference Coach of the Year.

In his final season Amarino lead the Hawks to a 17-14 record and the No. 3 seed in the NJCAA Region IV tournament, where the Hawks fell to Joliet Junior College in the semis.

A pair of Amarino's players picked up postseason honors as well. Kevin Walsh (St. Viator) and Kevin Sexton (Prospect) were both named to spots on the N4C All-Conference and Region IV All-Region teams.

Walsh averaged 16.6 points and had a 44.1 3-point shooting percentage. He arned first team all-conference and all-region honors. Down the strech is where Walsh thrived last season. He eclipsed the 20-point plateau in four of the Hawks' last five games.

He was also the team's top rebounder at 5 per game and shot 81.8 percent from the free throw line.

Sexton was the Hawks' third-leading scorer last season at 12.3 ppg. He averaged a team-best 4.4 assists and collected second team all-conference and all-region honors.

• Monica Hinderer, who just completed her Harper basketball career, is No. 2 on on the Hawks' all time scoring list with 1,047 points.

The Willows Acadamy grad was recently named second team all-conference. She was ranked No. 11 nationally in scoring at 21.9 points and fourth in rebounding at 14.4 per game.

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