by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Four Georgia College softball players have been selected to the 2014 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Softball All-Academic Team while three other players received Honorable Mention, announced the conference office today. Georgia College led all PBC teams in selections (four), honorable mentions (three) and overall (seven).
Of the four Bobcats selected to this year's PBC All-Academic Team, sophomore Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) had the highest grade point average (GPA) with a 3.71 as an accounting major. Junior Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.), recorded a 3.57 GPA while majoring in Biology.
Also making the squad, with 3.38 and 3.37 GPAs respectively, was senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and sophomore Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.). The former is a special education major, while the latter is majoring in community health.
The team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution.
Of the seven current Bobcats being honored, only Humphries has been recognized as an honorable mention recipient last year although six have received previous recognition by the PBC for academic achievement as a presidential, gold or silver scholar.
Receiving past presidential accolades was Okvist (twice), Humphries and Olson. Previous gold scholars include Humphries and LeRoy, while Boyette and Sparks achieved silver status.
The 20-member 2014 PBC All-Academic Team is comprised of players from 10 teams. With Georgia College's four selections leading the pack, only two other schools (Young Harris College, Georgia Southwestern State University) had more than two players selected (three). The Mountain Lions matched the Bobcats in honorable mention selectees with three and together Georgia College and Young Harris accounted for nearly half of all the 14 total honorable mentions.
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