Corning Community College's Amber Edwards has been named the NJCAA Region III Female Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 academic year as released Friday by Region III officials. The award is voted on by the Region III member institutions.
Edwards capped off a phenomenal two-year career for the Red Barons as a rare three-sport collegiate student athlete. The star led the Red Barons on the volleyball court where she was named a two-time All-MSAC Conference selection, two-time All-Region III selection and led her team to two play-off appearances. In the winter on the hardwood, she was the offensive leader on the basketball team, leading them to their best season in ten years as the team advanced to the Region III semi-finals. She was a two-time All-MSAC Conference team member, a two-time All-Region III selection and in 2016-17 she was named to the NJCAA Third Team All-American team. In the spring, she was a two-year starter for the softball team that twice finished Region III Runners-Up. Her athleticism allowed her to play three different infield positions and hit in the heart of the highly dangerous Red Barons lineup.
Edwards is the fourth Red Baron female athlete to earn this honor. Heidi Brooks Grimins (basketball & softball) won the award in 2003-04, Liz Gorges (softball) won the award in 2009-10 and Mollie Peck (volleyball, basketball & softball) in 2012-13. "This is a very prestigious honor and Amber is in very good company to be mentioned with the ladies that have won the award before her. Amber Edwards is one of the best student athletes I have seen in my 21 years at CCC. This honor comes to no surprise to me and I am honored to have also been able to coach her. She is not only a very gifted athlete, but her work-ethic, attitude and ability to be a team player is what really sets her apart. She is the best of the best and we at Corning are very proud to call her a Red Baron", said Corning Director of Athletics and softball coach Stacy Johnson. "Houghton College is very lucky to be getting a student athlete and person of Amber's quality and character. Edwards graduated from CCC this May and will continue her academic and athletic career at Houghton College. Edwards plans on competing for the Highlanders volleyball and basketball teams.