AVON – The Crossroads League announced its All-Crossroads League awards on Wednesday, March 3, and Taylor Gregory and Rylee Pireu of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball team were each recognized.
Senior forward/center Taylor Gregory, a Mount Vernon High School graduate, was named to the All-Crossroads League First Team and All-Crossroads League Defensive Team. The Mount Vernon, Ohio product put up averages of 15 points, 9.6 rebounds (conference leader), and 1.9 blocks (second in Crossroads League) per game during the 2020-2021 season.
Guard/forward Rylee Pireu had a breakout sophomore season for the Lady Cougars, making the All-Crossroads League Second Team. Pireu, who is from Massillon, Ohio, averaged 15.4 points per game, which ranked fourth in the Crossroads League. Pireu also chipped in with 4 rebounds per contest, and led the team in steals at 1.5 per game.
Gregory and Pireu were each key components on the floor for the Lady Cougars this season, leading them to a fourth place finish in the Crossroads League with a regular season record of 15-11 (10-6 CL).
For the full list of women’s basketball Crossroads League award winners, click here.
The Cougars were well-represented on the men's side, too.
Clay Hilliard, Kyle Kegley, Jevon Knox, and Kade Ruegsegger each received recognition for their play during the 2020-2021 season.
After a strong season, guard Jevon Knox was named to the All-Crossroads League First Team. The senior from Marysville, Ohio ranked fourth in the Crossroads League in scoring at 21.2 points per game. Knox accomplished this on 50.6% shooting from the floor to go along with 44.7% shooting from deep.
Clay Hilliard, who is from Plymouth, Indiana, racked up multiple awards as he was named Second Team All-Crossroads League, made the All-Freshman Team, and was named the Crossroads League Freshman of the Year. Hilliard averaged 16.3 points per game on 49% shooting from the field. Hilliard also shot 46% from deep, which ranked second in the Crossroads League.
Kade Ruegsegger also received recognition, making the All-Freshman team. Ruegsegger finished 2020-2021 with averages of 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. The guard from Dover, Ohio shot 40% from the field, 38% from three, and 84% from the line.
The last Cougar to receive Crossroads League honors was Kyle Kegley. The junior transfer from Urbana University was named All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention after a strong first season in the blue and green. Kegley averaged 12.2 points per game on 57.9% shooting from the floor. Kegley also pulled down 9.8 rebounds per game, which ranked second in the Crossroads League.
For the full list of men’s basketball Crossroads League Awards, click here.