Two former Red Raider basketball standouts getting it done at the next level for Elms College...
TORRINGTON: Two former Torrington Red Raiders basketball standouts have been recognized for outstanding play at the next level in at their respective colleges.
Junior guard Andre French was named First Team All-NECC after averaging 15.2 points per game for Elms College in Chicopee, MA this season.
The Blazers play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and are a strong, DIII college having averaged at least 18 wins over the past eight seasons.
French helped lead the Torrington Red Raiders to their 2006 State Championship, the schools first since 1944.
He played in all 29 of the teams games this season, played and led his team in average minutes (32) and points (15.4).
French was second in the conference with 3.1 on steals per game, also a stable in his arsenal when he was in Torrington.
Another former Raider, senior Erika Murphy, has left her mark at Elms College just as she did in Torrington.
Always one of the toughest players on the floor during her years in the Naugatuck Valley League, Murphy was named NECC player of the week for the last week of February and was selected to the New England Woman’s Basketball Association Honor Roll.
Murphy was also chosen to play in the NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic which will be played on March 24 at Western New England University.
Murphy had a memorable career with the Blazers, topped off by this years NECC Championship.
The Blazers posted a 14-4 regular season record but caught fire in the tournament and earned the schools first invite into the NCAA Division III Championship in their program’s history.
During the NECC tournament, Murphy scored 50 points in the three game while hauling down 33 rebounds.
Murphy led her team in scoring (13.9) and minutes played (30) in 2011-2012 after leading the Blazers with a 15.2 scoring average in 2010-2011.