Northwestern State’s fall athletic programs turned in another strong semester in the classroom, placing 95 student-athletes on the Fall 2019 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which was announced by the conference Monday morning.
NSU’s representation placed it fifth among the conference and second among Louisiana schools in the Southland as the conference announced its honor roll, recognizing 935 student-athletes who posted 3.0 semester grade point averages while participating in football, volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country.
Abilene Christian led the conference with 139 selections, followed by Central Arkansas (115) and Incarnate Word (100). McNeese (99) and Northwestern State rounded out the top five teams.
Completing the 13-team league were Houston Baptist (89), Southeastern Louisiana (89), Nicholls (80), Stephen F. Austin (68), Lamar (66), Sam Houston State (66), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (41) and New Orleans (27).
Northwestern State produced 22 of the 179 Southland Conference competitors who posted a 4.0 grade point average in the Fall 2019 semester.
Among the conference’s 11 football-playing schools, Abilene Christian led the way with 75 selections, followed by UIW (51) and Northwestern State (46).
The Lady Demons placed second in women’s soccer honorees with 25, trailing only Abilene Christian (30).
Four of the five NSU programs produced multiple student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs, led by soccer with eight: seniors Kayla Bomben and Jayden Wheeler, sophomore Norma Trejo and freshmen Rachel Brandt, Hallie Field, Savannah Hall, Madeline Scott and Isabel Shanahan.
Six Demon football players posted 4.0 GPAs: graduate student Chris Zirkle, seniors Shelton Eppler, Blake Stephenson and Tyler Rapp, junior Gavin Landry and freshman Patrick Heard. Five volleyball players were among those with 4.0 GPAs: senior Megan Lohmiller and Alexis Warren, junior Darria Williams, sophomore Skylar Besch and freshman Haley Hoang.
The NSU cross country program produced three student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs: Lady Demon senior Sydney Cowgill and freshman Olivia Slayter and men’s junior runner Blake Cantrell.
The 95 student-athletes on the conference honor roll made up 55.2 percent of NSU competitors in the fall. In addition to the 22 4.0 GPAs, another 34 NSU competitors had GPAs of between 3.5-3.99.
Volleyball enjoyed the highest percentage of its roster making the honor roll (11 of 12, 91.7 percent) while soccer (25 of 28, 89.3 percent) was second. Four of the five programs saw an increase in student-athletes named to the honor roll from Fall 2018. Overall, the department saw an increase of 4.4 percent of its student-athletes earn at least a 3.0 GPA.
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