Steele helping Royals’ strong season

Eastern Mennonite University’s men’s basketball team is enjoying a lot of success this season, and Blake Steele (Warren County ’14) has certainly been part of that.

The Royals are 12-5 and have won seven of their last nine games.

Steele has played in every game. The freshman center is averaging 12.3 minutes per game. He is averaging 4.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest, and has six blocked shots on the season.

He is shooting 51.7 percent (30-for-58) from the floor, which is second on the team. Steele is also averaging 79.2 percent (19-for-24) from the free-throw line.

Steele had his best game in a 92-91 loss to Greensboro on Dec. 13. He played 16 minutes and had 17 points and four rebounds in the defeat. Steele went 5-for-8 from the field in the game, and was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

In a 72-68 win over Randolph College on Saturday, Steele played 14 minutes off the bench and had four points and two rebounds. Steele also had six points, five rebounds and a steal in a 76-75 loss to Washington and Lee on Jan. 21.

The Royals host Shenandoah on Wednesday at 7 p.m. They are 5-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

CHIPPING IN: Shannon Conradi (SVCA ’13) and Brooke Nesselrodt (James Wood ’14) have helped Potomac State College get off to a strong start this season.

Conradi is averaging 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 points per contest.

The sophomore forward had six points and two rebounds in a 70-52 loss to Hagerstown Community College on Nov. 8. Conradi had four points and eight rebounds in a 117-39 victory over Butler County (Pennsylvania) Community College on Jan. 9.

Conradi is 13-for-37 (35.1 percent) from the floor.

Nesselrodt is 9-for-16 (56.2 percent) from the floor. The freshman guard has six assists and two steals on the season. Nesselrodt had six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 83-55 victory over College of Southern Maryland on Nov. 11.

The Catamounts are 11-2 on the season, and have won six games in a row.

STILL ROARING: Aaron Miller (Sherando ’13) continues to have an impressive season for Concord University.

Miller leads the Mountain Lions with 19.1 points per game. The sophomore guard is also averaging 4.2 rebounds per game. He also has 32 assists and 22 steals, which is tops on the squad.

Miller is shooting 55.1 percent (118-for-214) from the floor, and is a sizzling 50-for-106 (47.2 percent) from 3-point range.

In an 80-74 win over Shepherd University on Jan. 12, Miller had 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting. He was 6-for-10 from 3-point range. He also had two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

Miller also had 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in an 89-82 loss to Glenville State on Saturday.

The Mountain Lions are 11-6, including 7-5 in the Mountain East Conference. Miller’s 35 points against Shepherd were the third most by a player in the conference this season.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com