Hardy, D'Souza named ACCAC Athletes of the Year

Hardy, D'Souza named ACCAC Athletes of the Year

  Phoenix softball player Brianna Hardy and South Mountain golfer Leon D'Souza were named ACCAC Fenale and Male Athletes of the Year by the conference.

  Hardy, a freshman from Buena H.S. in Sierra Vista, AZ. was named national Player of the year by the NJCAA in her first collegiate season. She was also ACCAC and Region I Player of the Year and, of course, a first team selection at each level.

  Both a pitcher and field player, Hardy excelled at both. In the circle she had a 1.25 ERA and struck out 371 in 207 innings. At the plate she hit .347 with 13 home runs with 46 RBIs while helping lead the Bears to a second-place finish at the NJCAA national championships.

  In doing so she overcame a torn meniscus in her knee in the summer of 2018 and even appendicitis surgery just three weeks prior to the Region I tournament.

  D'Souza, a sophomore from Clonlara H.S., in Michigan, was selected as NJCAA national Athlete of the Year. He won the NJCAA individual national title two consecutive years, the first to win back-to-back since 1993. The Cougars also won the team title under his leadership.

  Outstanding in the classroom, as well, he was a third team NJCAA All-Academic winner as well.