Pair of Northwestern State players selected for Southland Conference All-Academic First Team

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Northwestern State landed two student-athletes on the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team, the conference announced Thursday.

Senior forward April Trowbridge added to her stack of awards while junior midfielder Jayden Wheeler was selected for the second consecutive season.

Trowbridge’s 13 goals led the conference in the regular season, tied for 13th nationally and was tied for second in NSU single-season history. Her seven assists ranked second in the SLC and tied for fourth in NSU history.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native carries a 3.68 GPA in psychology and was an All-SLC Second Team member.

Wheeler, who was picked for the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team (District 6), matriculated to first-team status after making the SLC All-Academic Second Team in 2017.

Wheeler, who has a cumulative 4.0 in elementary education, contributed two goals and two assists. Her game-winner against Southeastern was key to the Lady Demons (10-10) making their second SLC Tournament in three seasons.

NSU was one of four teams with multiple first-team selections. Central Arkansas led the way with four picks, including student-athlete of the year Camille Bassett. Abilene Christian and Lamar also placed two on the first team.

The Lady Demons have placed multiple first-teamers on the league’s academic first team in three of the last five seasons. Before that, NSU had accomplished that feat four teams in its history.


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