New Mexico Highlands standout Thomas Manzano and Vera Jo Bustos — an Adams State star who played her high school ball at West Las Vegas — are among the basketball players honored with selection to the All-Central Region teams for 2011
Manzano was chosen to the Daktronics All-Central Region (NCAA Division II) second team.
A junior at NMHU this past season, Manzano led the Cowboys to a 19-8 record and a third straight appearance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout postseason tournament.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he led the Rconference in scoring (22 points per game) while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor. He also led Highlands in rebounding with 5.6 a game.
Sean Armstrong of Colorado School of Mines and Reggie Evans of Metro State were RMAC men’s players who made the first team, joining Minnesota State’s Jefferson Mason, Augustana’s Cody Schilling and Anthony Moody of the University of Mary.
Manzano and teammate MIndaugas Markevicius recently were lauded as All-RMAC selections for coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys.
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Bustos was the third-highest vote-getter in making the Daktronics All-Central Region women’s team and will now be considered for All-American honors.
Bustos led the Grizzlies with 17.2 points and 3.5 assists a game and ranked 13th in the nation with 2.9 made three-pointers a game. She helped ASC reach the regional championship game, a 49-36 defeat Monday to Metro State, the No. 10 team in Division II.
Ashley Arlen (Wayne State), Dana Schreibvogel (Fort Lewis), Angie Jetvig (Minnesota State-Morehead) and Christina Whitelaw (Colorado Christian) rounded out the first team.