The Red River Athletic Conference has released an impressive listing of athletes who made the grade during the past collegiate school year, including 59 from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
The RRAC has 15 members from four states Ė Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. SAGU ranked fourth in the number of student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher.†
The Lions had another 10 players from the football team, who were previously recognized by the Central States Football League. That gave SAGU 69 scholar athletes who made the grade in the classroom.
Of the eight competitive team sports on campus, the menís soccer team placed 12 players on the All-Academic Team. The baseball and football clubs were next with 10 players. Each unit was well represented with at least seven players on the honor roll.
Last year saw SAGU teams enjoy success in competition.
The football team was ranked nationally for the first time in the NAIA following their 3-1 start.†
The football players on the academic list are: Joshua Aldrich, Kendal Evers, Reid Golson, Joshua Harris, Bradley Heathcock, Michael Hendon, Nathan Kallal, Cade Leuschner, Jason Rice and Ramsey Sanchez.
The volleyball squad relished their seventh consecutive winning record, 23-18, during the regular season, then advanced to the NCCAA nationals.
The volleyball players on the academic list are: Kristina Brown, Taylor Calverley, Kassy Cox, Carleigh Dollar, Laura Espinoza, Jessica Giese, Devan Guynes, Alyssa Kirk and Amanda Laney.
Both soccer teams produced best-ever marks for wins. The men went 10-9-5, making it to the NCCAA nationals in Orlando. It was their initial campaign that finished with a winning ledger.†
The menís soccer players on the academic list are: Samuel Cabrera, William Elliott, Cesar Espana, David Flores, Rolando Hernandez, Brenden Kowalski, Samuel Mills, Erick Quan, Jacques Rogers, Jordan Salvato, Stephen Sturgeon and James Swearingin.
The womenís program, just six years old, racked up four triumphs in 2011.
The womenís soccer players on the academic list are: Kristina Armbrust, Alyssa Christensen, Emily Jones, Kendall Murders, Jessica Powell, Noelle Pugliese and Haley Shingleton.
The Lady Lions basketball team grew through a rebuilding year after averaging 24 wins for the previous three years.
The womenís basketball players on the academic list are: OíKevia Bratchett, Kristina Brown, Gabrielle Bruner, Kassy Cox, Brittany Griffin, Sierra Hankins, Bethany Krock and Sascha Lewis.
Meanwhile, the Lion hoopsters generated the nationís biggest turnaround, going 27-11 a year after producing a 12-21 record. Their winning mark was their first since joining the NAIA. The 27 wins equalled the number achieved under former head coach Terry Bryan. Besides defeating two top-10 teams during the season, they were ranked in the Coaches Top 25 Poll. Playing before packed home crowds, the team qualified for the NCCAA nationals in Indiana where they took third after defeating two teams from California.
The menís basketball players on the academic list are: Caleb Feemster, Samuel Haynes, Michael Nwelue, Clayton OíNeill, James Southerland, Dadrian Taylor, Nathaniel Ward, Jacob Whitman and Christian Wood-Dvorak.
The baseball team won four more games than the year before during an improved transitional season. Following the completion of their new campus ballfield, the Lions will begin playing at home, literally, in January.
The baseball players on the academic list are: Rockie Davis, Jared Denton, Dustin Jett Timothy Kolczak, Nic Morgan Michael Reeves, Johnathan Savis Trevor Schexneider, Chris Stanley and Donovan Vess.
SAGU introduced a new sport, womenís fast-pitch softball. The Lady Lions inaugural campaign included multiple wins and the christening of their new on-campus ballpark.
The softball players on the academic list are: Theresa Ballard, Gabrielle Bruner, Shannen Davis, Iliana Jiminez, Cassandra Mata, Tabitha Ray and Kayla Westbrook.