UAFS’ Toupal Named Heartland Player of the Year

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Jake Toupal has done just about it all in a UAFS uniform.

He set the school record in scoring. He’s won a pair of regular season Heartland Conference titles. And Wednesday he was named the league’s player of the year.

Toupal tied for a team lead with 14.5 points per game, hit 58 3-pointers and was named to the Heartland Conference First Team.

“It’s great that the league recognized Jake and Seth’s (Youngblood) contribution to this year’s team as well as their individual talents,” UAFS coach Josh Newman said. “Jake has had an outstanding four-year career at UAFS, and what better way to end the regular season than as the Heartland Conference Player of the Year and conference champion.”

Youngblood shared the team lead in scoring and was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.

Toupal was selected as the league’s freshman of the year four years ago and helped UAFS win three regular Heartland championships.

The Lions face the University of Texas-Permian Basin in the opening round of the Heartland Conference Tournament on Friday at the Stubblefield Center.