Seward County Community College women’s basketball Head Coach, Toby Wynn, has announced the programs 2006-2007 freshman recruiting class. Coach Wynn and Assistant Coach, Kim Ortega, signed seven incoming freshman student-athletes with four players coming within the state of Kansas and three out-of-state players. The Lady Saints finished the 2005-2006 season 25-7 overall and 10-6 in the competitive Jayhawk West Conference. Seward County will return five sophomores from last season’s team.

This years recruiting class is highlighted by seven players who combine raw athletic ability with natural basketball instincts, which have made them among the top players in their respective state’s during their four years of high school basketball.

Audra Binford 5’11” Guard/Forward Haviland H.S./Haviland, Kansas

Binford is a decorated four-year letter winner from Haviland High School. Binford completed her senior season averaging 21 points per game (ppg.) while being named Second Team All-State (Topeka Capital Journal, Kansas Basketball Coaches Athletic Association), Conference Most Valuable Player, All-District and was a unanimous First Team All-League selection. She completed her high school career by being chosen to play in three select All-Star games.

- Coach Wynn on Binford: “Audra is a great shooter who has good size on the perimeter. She has a chance to come in and maybe be one of the best shooters to play at Seward County.”

Tegan Cunningham 6-1 Guard/Forward Emmans Prep H.S./Doncaster, Aust.

Cunningham comes to SCCC from Australia where she has been one of the top players in her state over the last four years. Cunningham possesses the size of a post player with the ability of a big time shooter. She was named to the Victorian State Basketball Team (Top 10 players in the state), and was named Emmans Prep H.S. Most Valuable Player from 2001-2005. Cunningham showcased her abilities in America when she scored 23 points against Arizona State University, and 19 points verses New Mexico State University in two exhibition games against two varsity division I programs last year. Cunningham averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals per game.

- Coach Wynn on Cunningham: “Tegan has great size. She is 6’1” and can play the perimeter and also play on the post. She has the ability to do a lot of things on the basketball floor. Tegan has the type of game to be a difference maker.”

Holly Krause 5-10 Forward Liberal H.S./Liberal, Kansas

Krause played two seasons for Coach Wynn (2003 & 2004) at Liberal H.S., and will join former Lady Saint, Meshia Mason, as former LHS basketball players to play for Wynn at both the high school and college level. Krause helped guide LHS to their best start in school history in 2005-2006 (11-0 record). Krause was named First Team All-Western Athletic Conference in her senior year while leading the team in scoring (14 ppg.)

- Coach Wynn on Krause: “Holly is a hard working kid that has a lot of up-side in her game. She plays hard, can jump well and is athletic for her size. I believe her best basketball is still ahead of her.”

Brittnee Lawrence 5-9 Guard Wichita Collegiate H.S./Wichita, Kansas

Lawrence led Wichita Collegiate H.S. to their school’s first ever Class 3A State Championship with a perfect 26-0 record in 2005-2006. As a senior, Lawrence averaged 7.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Lawrence was a two-time All-Conference selection.

-Coach Wynn on Lawrence: “Brittnee is a 5’8” player who does a lot of things. She comes from a winning program that went 26-0 and won a state title last season. Brittnee can score, rebound, pass well, do a lot defensively, just an all-around good play.”

Jennifer Noel 6-1 Forward Valley Center H.S./Valley Center, Kansas

Noel is a two-sport star who will continue playing both volleyball and basketball at Seward County. Noel was a First Team All League pick and was named Honorable Mention All-State after her senior season. Noel averaged 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals per game in 2005-2006. Noel led Valley Center to back-to-back Sub-State Championships in 2004 & 2005. Additionally, Noel was a three-time All-Conference pick in volleyball.

-Coach Wynn on Noel: “Jennifer has great potential and has her best basketball days ahead of her. She is a 6’1” player who can really run the floor and has good athleticism. Jennifer is post player who can also step out and handle the ball on the perimeter.”

Mykel Salazar 5-9 Guard Los Lunas H.S. /Los Lunas, New Mexico

Salazar is a combination guard who can get inside the paint and also shoot from the perimeter. Salazar averaged 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, three blocks and three steals per game in 2005-2006. Salazar paced Los Lunas H.S. to a State Tournament “Sweet Sixteen” appearance and a District Tournament runner-up finish. She was a Second Team All-District performer and was named Honorable Mention All-Metro.

Coach Wynn on Salazar: “Mykel is a 1-2 combo guard who shoots the basketball well and can handle the ball. Mykel can score, pass the ball and is very good defensively.”

Chontaye Walter 5-8 Point Guard Putnam City West H.S./Oklahoma City, Okla.

Walter is a premier point guard from Oklahoma who has highly touted by several NCAA Division I programs over the past year. Walter will showcase her ability in the Green House next year after leading Putnam City West to back-to-back appearances at the Class 6A State Tournament. Walter finished her high school career averaging 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals per game. Walter was a four-time All-Conference selection, and in her freshman year (2003) was named Conference Newcomer of the Year. Additionally, Walter was named All-State after her senior season.

Coach Wynn on Walter: “Chontaye is a 1-2 combo guard who was recruited by a lot of (NCAA) Division I’s. She is a good shooter, handles the ball well and doesn’t turn the ball over. She is just a good all-around player.”