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Eighteen Foresters earn Scholar-Athlete honors

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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced its fall sports Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes and included 18 Huntington University student-athletes representing five different teams.

The Forester women’s soccer team boasted the third most individuals on the list of women’s soccer teams with nine total.

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.

Winners were senior Codi Wiersema and junior Rachael Smelser in cross country, junior Miguel de Sousa, senior Troy Hester, junior Matheus Louzada, junior Travis Rippe, junior Ty Sproat and senior Hayden Suter of men’s soccer, senior MaKayla Barrantes, junior Abigail Field, junior Tessy Geiss, senior Audra Klopfenstein, junior Matéa Knispel, junior Blaire Koomler, senior Samantha McCoy, senior Nicole Pennington and senior Brandi Spear of women’s soccer and senior Josie Beaver of volleyball. 

KREIGER TO CONTINUE GOLF CAREER AT HU

The Forester women’s golf program and head coach Rick Sholund have announced the signing of Covenant Christian High School standout Olivia Kreiger.

“We are very excited that Olivia will be joining our team,” said Sholund. “She is an intense competitor with a strong work ethic and passion for the game. These qualities will fit well with our team.”

As the Warriors’ No. 1 golfer, Kreiger guided her team to a 13-2 record and the program’s first-ever trip to regionals this fall. It’s the third trip for the four-year starter as she qualified for regionals as an individual the previous two years.

Kreiger boasts four All-City Team badges and has three times been voted her team’s Most Valuable Player. She has led CCHS each year with a season average that has ranged from the low-to-mid 40s and has a hole in one under her belt that dates back to 2014.

Kreiger is also accomplished academically having earned All-State Academic Honorable Mention accolades this season.

She is the daughter of Steve and Jeanne Kreiger of Zionsville.