NSU receives recognition for student athlete academics
Northwestern State ranked among league leaders in another academic milepost for student-athletes released Tuesday, when 89 NSU competitors were named to the Commissioner's 2013 Spring Semester Honor Roll released by the Southland Conference.
NSU ranked third among league members in the number of student-athletes who earned recognition by posting at least a 3.0 grade point average during the spring semester while their teams' seasons were ongoing. The honor roll includes student-athletes around the Southland who took part in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.
McNeese State had 108 on the list while Southeastern Louisiana put 95 on. Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State matched the total of 89 by NSU.
Northwestern State had 18 on the honor roll carry a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester. On that elite list were women's track and field athletes Karensa Ellis, Sarah Emory, Allison Fontenot and Becca Meehan; tennis players Linda Gamo, Polina Konop, Natalya Krutova, Tatiana Larina, Andrea Nedorstova and Daniela Simonova; Bailee Cartwright, Brooke Boening and Brittany Virgoe from the Lady Demon softball team; Meredith Graf and Janelle Perez from the Lady Demon basketball program; baseball players Cort Brinson and Todd Wallace; and Austin Adams of Demon basketball.
The Lady Demon track and field team filled 23 of NSU's spots on the honor roll. The Demon baseball team put 20 players on board. Fourteen Lady Demon softball competitors made the cut. Qualifying were 12 Demon track and field competitors and nine Lady Demon tennis players. There were seven Lady Demon basketball players and four men's basketball players.
The three teams that made NCAA postseason tournament appearances this spring - men's basketball, tennis and softball - accounted for 27 of the 89 NSU honor roll slots.
Men's basketball student-athlete of the year Gary Stewart and Southland Tournament Most Valuable Player Shamir Davis made the honor roll for NSU. Stewart, a psychology major with a 3.82 GPA this spring, was the first men's basketball player in Northwestern history to earn student-athlete of the year and is a two-time all-academic selection. Davis posted a 3.00 in psychology as the Demons won the conference tournament championship and clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Among the Lady Demon softball representatives was Southland Conference Tournament MVP Kylie Roos, a senior who had a 3.64 GPA in industrial engineering technology this spring.
The Lady Demons' tennis team placed nine members on the all-academic team, including Nedorostova, the women's tennis student-athlete of the year. Nedorostova, a communications graduate from Brno, Czech Republic, is a three-time all-academic selection and helped lead the Lady Demons to the conference tournament title and their second appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Lady Demon basketball point guard Janelle Perez, who had a 4.0 GPA, was the Southland Conference women's basketball Freshman of the Year in 2012-13.
The Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll is released within 30 days at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters, recognizing student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes, nominated by their respective academic advisors, must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs.
This year's list of 850 competitors from around the Southland boasts 10 student-athletes of the year, nine players of the year and a total of 154 student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during the spring semester.