NSU ranks highly on Southland Conference academic honor roll for fall semester

With 93 student-athletes who competed for Northwestern State athletic teams last semester qualifying for the Fall 2018 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, NSU’s overall representation ranked third in the 13-member league and topped Louisiana schools in the conference.

The conference office announced the honor roll Thursday afternoon, recognizing 989 student-athletes who posted 3.0 semester grade point averages while participating in the sports of football, volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country.

Central Arkansas led the Southland with 122 total honorees, followed by Abilene Christian with 108, and Incarnate Word with 104.

Northwestern was followed by Southeastern Louisiana (81), Houston Baptist (79), McNeese (77), Sam Houston State (71), Stephen F. Austin (66) and Nicholls (61), Lamar (57), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (45) and New Orleans (25).

Among the league’s 11 football-playing schools, UCA paved the way with 56 student-athletes earning Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. Abilene Christian had the second-most (51) and Northwestern ranked third with 41 student-athletes.

Incarnate Word and Central Arkansas tied to lead the men’s cross country student-athletes with 14 runners from each institution making the grade. Northwestern was third with nine.

Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word accounted for 26 soccer student-athletes from each institution on the Honor Roll, while Central Arkansas and Nicholls were represented with 23 each. NSU had 22.

Among volleyball players, ACU finished at the forefront with 18 representatives, while 15 Lady Demons made the list. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, New Orleans and Stephen F. Austin each placed 14.

Twenty-two NSU competitors recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs, while 39 others were between 3.5 and 3.99.

The 4.0 list included seven Lady Demon soccer players: freshman Kayla Bomben, senior April Ficarrotta, sophomore Robyn Larson, sophomore Ashley Medawattage, freshman Sydney Normand, sophomore Alexis Weaver and junior Jayden Wheeler.

Five Demon football players and five Lady Demon volleyball competitors had 4.0 GPAs. Football’s representatives on the elite list were sophomore Corban James, sophomore Gavin Landry, freshman J.D. May, freshman Myles Mitchell and junior Tyler Rapp. Volleyball players at 4.0 were sophomore Aiyana Bean, junior Megan Lohmiller, senior Reagan Rogers, junior Alexis Warren and sophomore Darria Williams.

The Demons’ cross country team had three with 4.0s: sophomore Blake Cantrell, freshman Clayton Casner and sophomore Adam Courville. Two Lady Demons, Emily Blanchard and Isabella Hudson, reached academic perfection in the fall semester.

The Lady Demon soccer team had 85 percent of its roster (22 of 26) with a 3.0 or better. Volleyball was close behind at 83 percent (15 of 18).