DURANT, Okla. — A total of 39 Southeastern Oklahoma State athletes from the winter and spring championship sports of men’s and women’s basketball, golf, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball and track and field have earned Great American Conference Academic All-Conference honors.
Of the 39 honorees, nine each were from the baseball and softball teams while men’s tennis had the most of any GAC men’s tennis program with five.
Men’s basketball added five players to the list as well while women’s basketball had four honorees.
Women’s track and field added three honors while men’s golf and women’s tennis had two apiece.
Following the completion of the 2018-19 season of competition in the Great American Conference, the league office announced that a record 510 student-athletes achieved Academic All-Conference honors in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, baseball and softball, an increase of 39 from the prior high.
“Division II emphasizes the balance of athletic pursuit and academic excellence in its highest regards,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “For the GAC to again set records with its All-Academic selections serves as a testament to our student-athletes, faculty, administrators and support staff. I congratulate all of these student-athletes for excelling in the classroom while competing with integrity on the field of play.”
GAC baseball student-athletes garnered the most all-academic selections, 108, followed by 107 from softball, 66 in women’s track and field and 65 from women’s basketball. For the full 2018-19 academic year, 881 student-athletes earned All-Academic honors, 48 more than the previous high for the conference.
For student-athletes to be recognized on the Academic All-Conference team, they must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution. In addition, their grade-point average must be a minimum of 3.30 based on the 4.0 system. The GPA shall be cumulative for the athlete’s entire collegiate career.
Southeastern Winter/Spring Academic All-GAC
Baseball — Hunter Capps, Joseph Cerda, Caleb Dubler, Davis Jenks, Cody Nitson, Nicholas Piazza, Mason Whitmarsh, Colton Buckner, Jordan Compton.
Men’s Basketball — Kevin Buckingham, Todd Dawkins, Adam Dworsky, Kayo Goncalves, Kellen Manek.
Men’s Golf — Jordan Holifield, Cody Reed.
Men’s Tennis — Danrich Kruger, Sandro Lena, Ondrej Nice, Juan Scoppetta, Milos Vuckovic.
Softball — Karsyn Brigance, Brittany Chatellier, Hope Deanda, Katie McCullar, Destiny Riddle, Symphoni Shomo, Keesha Thompson, MyKaela Wallace, Elexis Watson.
Women’s Basketball — Katie Branam, Cierra Rangel, Alix Robinson, Katie Webb.
Women’s Tennis — Diana Budnik, Nina Sergeev.
Women’s Track and Field — Rebekah Christman, Lindsay Klasek, Skye Summers.