SPOKANE, Wash. – Alaska Anchorage basketball star Hanna Johansson and Western Oregon baseball pitcher Grady Wood have been voted the respective 2011-12 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female and Male Athletes of the Year in balloting by the league’s 10 athletic directors.
Johansson, who outpointed Seattle Pacific track standout Ali Worthen 25-17 in the balloting, led the Alaska Anchorage’s women’s basketball team to a 30-5 record and the GNAC and NCAA West Regional titles this season. The GNAC Player of the Year also helped the Seawolves finish with a No. 7 ranking in the final WBCA Top 25 poll as UAA stayed ranked in the top 20 her entire career.
The Gothenburg, Sweden, native was named to both the WBCA (Coaches) and Daktronics (sports info directors) All-American teams, earning first-team honors on the coaches’ team and third team Daktronics honors.
Johansson, who was the MVP in the West Regional Tournament, led UAA in scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg) and was the only player in the GNAC to rank in the top 12 in scoring (8th), rebounding (4th), field goal percentage (6th, .543) and assists (12th, 2.8 apg). In conference games, she averaged a double-double (15.1 points and 10.3 rebounds) and shot 58.1 percent as UAA posted a 16-2 record.
She finished her career ranked among the GNAC all-time leaders in virtually every major category, including 11th in scoring (1,393), 9th in rebounding (808), 11th in steals (195), 7th in field goal percentage (53.3), 21st in blocks (70) and 32nd in assists (247).
Johansson becomes the first Seawolf woman to win the award in the 11-year history of the league and joins 2007-08 men’s winner David Registe (track & field) as the second UAA athlete earn the honor.
Wood, who posted a perfect 12-0 record this spring, is the first baseball player in the conference to win the award. The senior from Junction City, Ore., led the Wolves to their 11th consecutive GNAC baseball title, carving out a 1.69 earned run average. He allowed just 63 hits in 96 innings, while walking just 12 and striking out 89 in earning GNAC Pitcher-of-the-Year honors.
The Wolves right-hander – who finished three points ahead of Western Washington basketball player Rory Blanche and UAA distance runner Micah Chelimo (Jr., Kapkoi, Kenya) in the balloting – set GNAC career records for lowest ERA (2.01), most shutouts (5) and fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.50).
He won 20 consecutive games over two seasons, just one shy of the NCAA Division II national record, while holding opponents to a record-low .199 average. The previous record was .230.
GNAC FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR 2001-02 Stephanie Huffman, Seattle Pacific (Track & Field)
2002-03 Kerie Hughes, Seattle Pacific (Basketball)
2003-04 Liz Bishop, Western Washington (Volleyball)
2004-05 Danielle Ayers-Stamper, Seattle Pacific (Track & Field)
2005-06 LeAnne McGahuey, Central Washington (Volleyball)
2006-07 Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific (Track & Field/Cross Country)
2007-08 Courtney Schneider, Western Washington (Volleyball)
2008-09 Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific (Track & Field/Cross Country)
2009-10 Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific (Track & Field/Cross Country)
2010-11 Sarah Porter, Western Washington (Track & Field/Cross Country) 2011-12 Hanna Johansson, Alaska Anchorage (Basketball)
GNAC MALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR 2001-02 Mike Hinshaw, Western Oregon (Football/Track & Field)
2002-03 Fred Hooks, Humboldt State (Basketball)
2003-04 Austin Nichols, Humboldt State (Basketball)
2004-05 Chris Randolph, Seattle Pacific (Track & Field)
and Bobby McAlister, Seattle (Soccer)
2005-06 Chris Randolph, Seattle Pacific (Track & Field)
and Grant Dykstra, Western Washington (Basketball)
2006-07 ustin Bremerman, Seattle Pacific (Basketball) 2007-08 David Registe, Alaska Anchorage (Track & Field) 2008-09 Mike Reilly, Central Washington (Football)
2009-10 Johnny Spevak, Central Washington (Football)
2010-11 Ryan Brown, Western Washington (Track & Field)
2011-12 Grady Wood, Western Oregon (Baseball)