June 21, 2010

Bobcat Athletics Puts 93 on PBC Presidential Honor Roll

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MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its Presidential Honor Roll recipients, with 93 Georgia College & State University student-athletes making the list. The program honors all student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2009-10 academic year.

For the third season, the PBC divided the group into four levels by GPA, as all students between 3.00 and 3.24 are Presidential Scholars, 3.25 to 3.49 are Bronze Scholars, 3.50 to 3.74 are Silver Scholars and 3.75 to 4.00 are Gold Scholars.

Georgia College placed third in the 13-member PBC with its 93 recipients. UNC Pembroke took top honors with 122 and USC Aiken was second with 106. The Bobcats tied Lander University for third most. USCA has 11 varsity sports and UNCP has 16, compared to Georgia College's and Lander’s 10.

For the first year, Bobcat baseball had the most on Georgia College's list with 18. Women’s soccer put 17 student-athletes on the list, owning the department’s third-best ratio at 71 percent (17/24). Women's cross country was third at 13. The women's harriers also held second in per-roster ratio at 81 percent (13/16). Golf had the top percentage at 82 (9/11), as six Bobcat athletic programs had better than half of their student-athletes on the list. Georgia College had 15 Gold Scholars, 19 Silver Scholars, 25 Bronze Scholars and 34 Presidential Scholars.

A list of the scholars follows, separated by sport:

Baseball (18): Gold Scholars: Mike Tokessy (Kanata, Ontario); Silver Scholars: Brett George (Dacula, Ga.), Shawn Haley (Canton, Ga.), Ryan Haynie (Fayetteville, Ga.), Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.), Ryan Holland; Bronze Scholars: Tyler Brown (Lizella, Ga.), Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.), Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Dillon Waters (Suwanee, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Ryan Parson (Madison, Ga.), Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.), Alex Burkard (Alpharetta, Ga.), Michael Jeanes (Peachtree City, Ga.), Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.), Clete Jessup (Darien, Ga.), Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany), Paul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.).

Women’s Basketball (6): Gold Scholars: Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.), Katie Herndon (Hoschton, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Ashleigh Fox (Lilburn, Ga.), Kaila Parham (Savannah, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.), Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.).

Men’s Basketball (6): Silver Scholars: Mike Ross; Bronze Scholars: Derek Zittrauer (Cumming, Ga.); Presidential Scholar: Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.), Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.), Jordan Poole (Warner Robins, Ga.), Nate Hamilton (Snellville, Ga.).

Women’s Cross Country (13): Gold Scholars: Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Bonnie Nikelin (Blairsville, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.), Victoria Dobson (New Hamburg, Ontario); Bronze Scholars: Alexa Maring (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Caroline Rentz (Columbus, Ga.), Andrea Sisson (Evans, Ga.), Erin Oshust (Acworth, Ga.), Sarah Balkcom (Fayetteville, Ga.), Margy Coleman (Alpharetta, Ga.), Alex Taylor (Marietta, Ga.), Virginia Balkcom (Fayetteville, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Brittley Blount (Macon, Ga.).

Men’s Cross Country (9): Gold Scholars: Alex Pate (Byron, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Daniel Horseman (Cohotta, Ga.), Steven Jackson (Lilburn, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Eric Ottoson (Suwanee, Ga.), Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.), Josh Hollar (Canton, Ga.), Nick Widener (Sharpsburg, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: John Hubert (Savannah, Ga.), Ryan Price (Alpharetta, Ga.).

Golf (9): Gold Scholars: Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden); Bronze Scholars: Rich Crumpton (Eatonton, Ga.), Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.), Francisco Bide (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Pat Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Bayley Craig (Eatonton, Ga.), Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.), Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.).

Soccer (17): Gold Scholars: Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.), Jamie Nevin (Grovetown, Ga.), Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.), Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.), Erika Kolodin (Acworth, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Kelli McLane (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Jessica Newland (Hiram, Ga.), Kara Teresi (Tampa, Fla.), Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.), Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Anna Wierzbicki (Newnan, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Olivia Holden (Fishers, Ind.), Taylor Mulryan (Cumming, Ga.), Megan McAlpin (Newnan, Ga.), Amanda Veillon (Lilburn, Ga.), Tawny Moffat (Peachtree City, Ga.), Kayla Emerson (Fayetteville, Ga.).

Softball (9): Gold Scholars: Bailey Thompson (Vidalia, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.), Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.); Presidential Scholars: Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.), Melanie Goolsby (Guyton, Ga.), Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.), Kali Carswell (Acworth, Ga.), Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.).

Women’s Tennis (3): Gold Scholars: Diane Danna (Paris, France); Presidential Scholars: Adriana Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.), Kim Lochner (Neu Jsenburg, Germany).

Men’s Tennis (3): Gold Scholars: Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France); Silver Scholars: Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus).

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