SFA Places 94 Athletes on SLC Commissioner's Honor Roll
June 24, 2014
FRISCO, Texas - Stephen F. Austin placed 94 student-athletes on Southland Conference Commissioner's 2014 Spring Academic Honor Roll, the league office announced Tuesday.
The SLC honor roll includes student-athletes 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.
SFA had 20 student-athletes earn a 4.0 GPA, including senior men's basketball player Desmond Haymon, a kinesiology major. Haymon helped lead the Lumberjacks to a perfect 18-0 regular-season record and a berth to the NCAA tournament after clinching the league's tournament title. The `Jacks defeated VCU in the second round of the tournament to pick up their first win in the Big Dance, also becoming the first Southland team to advance past the Round of 64 since Northwestern State in 2006. Ten other members of the men's basketball squad, including the league's player of the year, Jacob Parker, who posted a 3.13 in kinesiology, joined Haymon on the list.
Track and field led all spring sports with 38 athletes between the men's (18) and women's (20) teams. The Ladyjacks had eight athletes - Jessica Cunningham (social work), Macy Davis (interdisciplinary studies), Courtney High (food & nutrition dietetics), Janay Jackson (criminal justice), Taylor Kunkel (communication disorders), Heather McPherson (political science), Dar'Keshia Tryon (nursing) and Shambrail Woods (kinesiology) - record a 4.0 GPA. McPherson was also a recipient of the F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship from the conference.
Softball and golf each had 11 athletes make the grade. Of softball's 11 Ladyjacks, four - Elizabeth Arana (health science), Brittany Lee (general business), Cadie Weaver (professional accountancy) and Hannah Welch (communication disorders) - recorded a 4.0 GPA. Men's (6) and women's (5) golf combined for their 11 honorees, with Julia Bazaldua (accounting), Mackenzie Steiner (kinesiology) and Jessica White (accounting) all carding a 4.0.
Baseball's Taylor Raglin (journalism) recorded a 4.0, as he was joined by nine other `Jacks.
Women's basketball landed five Ladyjacks on the honor roll.
Athletes must record a 3.0 GPA, and be eligible to compete during the championship season of their respective sport to be nominated.