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Sparkman Named WBCA All-American
YORK, PA – York College senior women's basketball player April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) has been named a 2012 WBCA Honorable Mention All-American as announced by the organization on Friday.
Sparkman becomes the third Spartan in the history of the program to earn the WBCA accolade. Forward Kristen Daly earned honorable mention honors in 2007-08 and point guard Keli Ward, who was a first-team All-American in 2008-09.
Sparkman, who was a d3hoops.com all-regional selection earlier in the week, continues to haul in the post-season accolades.
Sparkman was a huge part of the Spartans run to their second Sweet 16 in four years. She led the Spartans in scoring at 16.2 points per game. She was second in the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring while she was also seventh in rebounds per game and three point field goals made.
Sparkman shot 41.1% from the field, 33.3% from beyond the arc and 71.3% from the charity stripe. She contributed 7.4 rebounds per game while she also handed out 69 assists, blocked 29 shots and collected 31 steals in her 29 games played. She was one of two Spartans, along with sophomore point guard Aja Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough), to play over 1,000 minutes for the year, finishing with 1,036 minutes played for a team-high 35.7 minutes per game.
Spartan head coach Betsy Witman was pleased to see Sparkman earn the All-American honor.
"April worked so hard to come back and I am thrilled to see her earn All-American honors," said Witman. "She has meant so much to this program and so much to me. It has been an honor to coach her and her legacy will be that she is one of the best players I have coached."
The senior guard finished her career with 1,615 points, leaving her third on the all-time list. She was a career 44.6% shooter from the field while she converted 35.6% from three. Sparkman drained 75.5% of her free throws including a career-best 84.2% as a sophomore.
Sparkman accumulated 767 career rebounds while she also had 248 assists, 110 blocked shots and 108 steals in a school-record 110 games.
Sparkman notched a number of career highs this season. She set a new scoring standard with a school-record tying 36 points in the November 30 win at Wesley.
Sparkman is slated to graduate in May with her biology degree.
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. The WBCA is pleased to join the women's sports community in commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which was passed by Congress on June 23, 1972, and provides females with equal opportunities in athletics in the U.S. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.