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Seven Eagles Earn Rifle All-OVC Nods & Alan Joseph Named Coach of the Year

Feb 7, 2021

Credit MSU Athletics

Seven Morehead State rifle student-athletes earned all-conference honors, while head coach Alan Joseph was voted the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year as the Eagles hosted the championships and finished second among the four teams.

The seven individuals earning all-conference tied the program best, also accomplishing that feat twice.

Junior Erin Diehl registered the event's second-best Smallbore score (582) and the fourth highest Air Rifle score (588) to be named First-Team All-Conference on both guns. Junior Amber Schifano and sophomore Grace Weber also earned First-Team honors in Air Rifle. A trio of Eagles were crowned Second-Team All-OVC in senior Ryan Hinson and sophomore Bryce Ward in Smallbore and junior Katie Frye in Air Rifle. Freshman Andrew Morris was named to the All-Newcomer team for Air Rifle.

Joseph was named the Coach of the Year for the second time in his tenure, also earning the accolade two seasons ago in 2019.

Weber led the Eagles in Air Rifle on Sunday, shooting a personal best 592. Following Diehl's 588, Schifano carded a 587. Frye rounded out the counting totals with a 585, while Morris shot a 580.

In Smallbore, Ward and Hinson each notched a 575, while Frye had a 572. Diehl tied her Smallbore standing personal best with with 194. Ward tied is Smallbore prone high-water mark with 199, while Weber tied her personal-best Smallbore prone with 197.

2021 Rifle All-OVC Teams

Air Rifle All-OVC First Team

Matias Kiuru, Murray State

Allison Henry, Murray State

Grace Weber, Morehead State

Erin Diehl, Morehead State

Amber Schifano, Morehead State

Smallbore All-OVC First Team

Matias Kiuru, Murray State

Erin Diehl, Morehead State

Allison Henry, Murray State

Dana Buesseler, Murray State

Owen Goad, Jacksonville State

Air Rifle All-OVC Second-Team

Jennifer Plocinik, UT Martin

Dana Buesseler, Murray State

Katie Frye, Morehead State

Anna Scheer, Murray State

Kaila Jones, Jacksonville State

Smallbore All-OVC Second Team

Ryan Hinson, Morehead State

Bryce Ward, Morehead State

Rachel Sprague, UT Martin

Michael Dietz, Jacksonville State

Kim Jettenerg, Jacksonville State.

Air Rifle All-Newcomer Team

Allison Henry, Murray State

Andrew Morris, Morehead State

Scott Patterson, Murray State

Lars Lilleng, Jacksonville State

Smallbore All-Newcomer Team

Allison Henry, Murray State

Kim Jettenberg, Jacksonville State

2021 OVC Freshmen of the Year

Allison Henry, Murray State

2021 Air Rifle Athlete of the Year

Matias Kiuru, Murray State

2021 Smallbore Athlete of the Year

Matias Kiuru, Murray State

2021 Coach of the Year

Alan Joseph, Morehead State

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