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Ashford

May 29, 2014

Spring athletes receive honors

CLINTON — Six members of the Ashford University baseball team were included on a list of 257 student-athletes from around the country who were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday (May 28) afternoon.

Seniors Tomas Chardon and Ian Hamilton picked up their second Scholar athlete awards. They were joined on the list by senior Steven Sotiropoulos and juniors John Caravia, Pat Macaione and R.J. Roberts.

With six student-athletes cracking the list, Ashford placed more players on the list than any season in program history, breaking the previous high of five set in 2012-13.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, 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 with one year spent at an institution.

Hastings College (Neb.) led all institutions with 11 members selected to the list.

Meanwhile, in softball, junior catcher Shelby Hobelman and junior infielder Christine Ho were recipients of the award this year, joining 295 other student-athletes from around the NAIA on this year’s list.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, 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.

In track and field, Annie Chezem, Haley Fischer and Samantha Gatewood, as well as junior Nichole Johnson earned Scholar-Athlete recognition for the Saints’ women’s team. They were joined by junior Jerry Sikkema, who grabbed the lone nomination for the AU men.

Chezem, Fischer and Gatewood became two-time recipients of the award while Johnson and Sikkema were named to the list for the first time.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, 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.

Bethel University (Tenn.) and William Carey (Miss.) led all schools with seven recipients on the list.

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