Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: Troy Howard

Troy Howard named Labette Bank Athlete of Month for averaging 23.7 ppg (photo: Scott Post)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Feb 5, 2015

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The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month chosen by Sports in Kansas for the month of January is Troy Howard of the Northeast-Arma High School Boy's Basketball Team.

Howard, a 6-foot junior, helped the Vikings to a 7-2 record over the month of January, including a 31 point performance over then 3A #4 Riverton (63-59). For the month, Howard scored 214 points in nine games, for an average of 23.7 points per game. 

"Troy has been our go-to guy all season. He has improved in all areas of the game, especially the passing game. He is finding the open man, while being a prolific scorer." Northeast head coach, Scott Post said.

Howard's scoring was part of him being hot from the three point line in January, hitting 30-of-58 threes (51.7%). He scored at least 18 points in every single contest in January: Crest (25), Southeast (28), Pleasanton (26), Riverton (31), Bronaugh (25), Colgan (19), Liberal (23), Baxter Springs (19), St. Paul (18). 

The Vikings, who play in the TRL League, are 13-3 on the season and are on a four game winning streak. Expect Howard's big season to continue as he will contend for All-3A honors this season.

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Sports in Kansas: Kansas-Sports.Com (@sportsinkansas) and Labette Bank are in partnership to release an athlete of the month from the Southeast Kansas area once a month over the 2014-2015 school year. The athlete will be released and selected by @sportsinkansas with a feature on Kansas-Sports.Com. Nominations of athletes will be accepted during the last seven days of each month. 

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete (girl or boy) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.

-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided. 

-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encouraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools. 

-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!

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