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NCCC’s Carder named athlete of the year

Two-time All-American honored as NJCAA Region III’s top female athlete

Sophomore Kayla Carder steps up to the free throw line late in the fourth quarter during the North Country Community College women’s basketball team’s 66-63 Region III semifinal victory over Mohawk Valley at home on Saturday, Feb. 28. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College graduate Kayla Carder was named the NJCAA Region III Female Athlete of the Year.

She was a sophomore who has been a two-year member of the Saints basketball team that made back-to-back trips to the NJCAA Division III Women’s Championships.

In 2020, Carder was named a First Team NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball All-American and was also named an honorable mention All-American the season before that.

This past season, she was also earned First Team All-Region III, and for the second time, she was honored as a First Team All-Mountain Valley Conference player.  Carder scored 1,136 points and pulled down 751 rebounds in her two years with the NCCC women’s hoops program. She led the Saints to back-to-back NJCAA Region III Championships. 

NCCC Director of Athletics Chad Ladue praised Carder.

“I could not be happier for Kayla and her family,” LaDue said. “She is one of the toughest kids I have ever seen. The injuries that she has had to fight though, most athletes would have walked away. She truly is what North Country is all about.”

“Kayla has had such an amazing career here at North Country, and after winning back-to-back regional titles this individual award really solidifies her greatness in a Saints uniform,” Saints women’s head coach Jerrad Dumont said. “She has been nothing short of amazing ever since she has arrived on campus — a team leader a friend who you can always count on. I am very proud of her.”

Carder is still considering options to continue her academic and athletic endeavors.

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