Blue Mountain Community College recently awarded the Wallace McCrae Student Athletes of the Year awards to Ryan Strand and Stephanie Lopez. The Wallace McCrae award is given to one male and one female sophomore student athlete who have demonstrated not only excellence in their chosen sport, but also in the classroom. Wallace McCrae was the first president of Blue Mountain Community College.

Strand, a forward from Meridian, Idaho will join the Morningside men’s basketball team next season. He earned second-team all-region honors this past season and was the ninth leading rebounder in the NWAACC with an average of 8.67 rebounds per game. Strand also was the team’s leading scorer with an average of 15.5 points per game.

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