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HU claims academic excellence award

DRIBBLE: Huntington University’s Mikala Avina dribbles downcourt for the Forester women’s basketball team during a contest last winter.

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Each year an Academic Excellence Award is given to the Huntington University athletic team with the highest team grade point average for the year. The women’s basketball team claimed the top spot for the 2017-18 year with a team GPA of 3.665.

“I want to congratulate all of our student-athletes for their outstanding academic performance on the year,” said HU athletic director Lori Culler. “With four teams tallying a 3.5 or higher GPA and 14 of our 18 programs posting a 3.1 or better, our student-athletes continue to maintain a high standard of excellence in the classroom as well as on the playing field. Well done Forester STUDENT-athletes!”

The final GPAs of each athletic team this season was women’s basketball at 3.665, women’s soccer at 3.641, women’s tennis at 3.591, women’s golf at 3.536, women’s track & frack at 3.389, women’s bowling at 3.369, men’s golf at 3.317, women’s cross country at 3.259, men’s basketball at 3.250, men’s soccer at 3.249, volleyball at 3.208, men’s tennis at 3.188, cheer squad at 3.168, softball at 3.107, men’s track & field at 2.939, men’s cross country at 2.938, baseball at 2.780 and men’s bowling at 2.607. 


The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced its spring sport Scholar Athletes and among the list of honorees were 19 Huntington University student-athletes representing eight different teams.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

For baseball, senior Ryan Bethel, junio Jake Hansen, junior Matt McKinney, senior Jamar Weaver and senior Tyler Zimske were recognized. Senior Zach Borntreger and junior Abby Poole of golf, junior Marty Harris of softball and senior Constanze Golz, senior Volodymyr Kohut, junior Giovanni Martinez and junior Ignacio Poncio of tennis also earned the honors.

In track and field, junior Nick Childs, senior Ben Gammon, senior Brooks Gerke, senior Codi Wiersema, junior Mariah Harter, senior Nicole Pennington and junior Rachael Smelser were all recognized as Scholar Athletes.