The Mid West Athletic Conference and Region 24 recently announced the All-Conference and All-Region award winners for the COVID-calendar Winter sport seasons. Volleyball, Women's Basketball, and Men's Basketball each began their abbreviated seasons in the second week of January and each continued into an April postseason.

Congratulations to the coaches, student-athletes, and administrators for not only managing, but finding success, in such a different calendar.

The John Wood Trail Blazers recognized:

Women's Volleyball

Trail Blazer volleyball finished in 4th place in the final MWAC standings and, as the 4th seed in the Region/District tournament, advanced to the championship match before falling to the eventual 4th place finisher at the national tournament, Illinois Central College. They finished their season with a 12-12 overall record.

Paige Knuffman (Liberty, IL) was recognized as a Second Team All-Region selection and an Honorable Mention All-Conference team member.

Women's Basketball

Trail Blazer women's basketball finished in 4th place in the final conference standings, then earning a 6th seed in the Region 24/District tournament. Their season ended in the District semi-finals, falling to the eventual 3rd place finisher at the NJCAA DII national tournament, Parkland College. Their season finished with a 7-15 overall record.

Allison Moore (Paris, MO) earned First Team All-Conference recognition and voted as a First Team All Region 24 member.

Men's Basketball

The Trail Blazer men's basketball program earned their third straight Mid West Athletic Conference championship, was the overall #1 seed in the Region 24/Central District tournament, and advanced to the NJCAA DII National Tournament for the 4th time in the past 8 seasons. Their season finished at the national tournament with an overall record of 16-8.

Ja'Veon Taylor (Waukegan, IL) was a Second Team All Conference selection and a member of the All-Region 24 team.

Jarvis Jennings (Columbia, MO) earned a number of postseason accolades:

  • First Team NJCAA DII All American
  • IBCA NJCAA DII All American
  • Region 24 Player of the Year
  • Mid West Athletic Conference Player of the Year
  • First Team All Conference
  • All-Region 24

Coach Brad Hoyt was named the Region Coach of the Year and the Central District A Coach of the Year.

Congratulations to all of the student-athletes and coaches on a remarkable season full of grit, toughness, and flexibility. There is no doubt you were Trail Blazer Strong!