Kansas State redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee of Byron has received a pair of honors recently for her stellar play in women's basketball.
Lee, a 6-foot-5 center, is off to an outstanding start to her college career after redshirting a year ago. Lee has excelled by being a dominant inside player during the early stages of the 2019-20 season.
She was named to the Bimini Division All-Tournament Team for her play in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas over the weekend.
Kansas State suffered narrow losses to Memphis (72-68) and Michigan State (65-60) at the tournament, but Lee led the Wildcats in scoring in both games. Lee had 14 points and seven rebounds against Memphis. She then had personal bests of 22 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots against Michigan State.
The previous week, Lee had earned Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week honors. In a pair of games, Lee averaged 13.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 64.3 percent from the field.
For the season, Lee is averaging a double-double with 14.3 points to go with 10.7 rebounds per game, which is second on the team in both categories. She leads the Wildcats in blocks, averaging 3.5 a game.
Lee has started all six games for 3-3 Kansas State.
Kasson-Mantorville grad Kristin Scott is also off to a strong start in her junior women's basketball season at Iowa State.
Scott is a 6-3 forward/center for the Cyclones who is capable of scoring inside and outside. She has played in all six of Iowa State's games and made three starts despite dealing with back spasms.
Scott is second on the team in both scoring (12.7 points a game) and rebounding (6.0 a game). She is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, including 34.8 percent from 3-point range (8-for-23).
Scott has helped the Cyclones get off to a 5-1 start. Last season she played in all 35 of the team's games and made 17 starts. She averaged 12.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game.
Both Kansas State and Iowa State play in the Big 12 Conference. That makes Lee and Scott conference rivals in college, just like they were in high school when both played in the Hiawatha Valley League.
Lee and Scott will face each other in a pair of regular-season games after the first of the year. Kansas State will play at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Jan. 22 and then Iowa State will travel to Manhattan, Kan., on Feb. 26.
Rochester Community and Technical College had three volleyball players named to the All-Region XIII team.
Honored where sophomores Carrie Rutledge (Hayfield, outside hitter), Brekkin McCready (St. Charles, setter) and Hayley Dessner (Eyota, outside/middle hitter).
RCTC finished the season with a 31-4 record. The Yellowjackets won the Region XIIIA title and advanced to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament, which was held in Rochester, and they placed fourth.
The RCTC women’s soccer team had six players selected to the All-Region XIII team. RCTC's six selections was the most of any team in the region.
Yellowjackets selected to the team were sophomores MaKenzie Swanson-Larson (Stewartville, forward), Sydney Vrieze (Stewartville, defender) and Mae Litschauer (Merrill, Wis., midfielder), and freshman Fatima Sanchez-Hernandez (Banning, Calif., goalkeeper), Jaila Hill ( West Bountiful, Utah, midfielder) and Rae Mayi (Sugar Land, Texas, defender).
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org