This past week, ten Saints athletes received academic recognition at the conference, regional and national levels.
The 2013-1014 Academic All-WNYAC (Western New York Athletic Conference) recipients were Tiffany Smith (Women’s Soccer), Salma Akol (Volleyball), Lindsay Hasbrouck (Volleyball), Jeff Krug (Men’s Basketball), Olivia Graff (Volleyball, Alayna Carlson (Softball), Sabrina Montgomery (Women’s Basketball), Shelby Overturf (Softball), Austin Alonge (Baseball) and Haley Schaef (Women’s Basketball). The criteria for Academic All-WNYAC status is at least 45 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.3 or above.
The Academic All-Region award recipients were Olivia Graff (Volleyball), Alayna Carlson (Softball), Shelby Overturf (Softball), Jeff Krug (Men’s Basketball), Sabrina Montgomery (Women’s Basketball), Haley Schaef (Women’s Basketball) and Austin Alonge (Baseball. To be named to the Academic All-Region team, students must have completed at least 45 credits and have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better.
To be named a NJCAA Academic All-American, a student must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a GPA of 3.6 or better. There are also different levels of Academic All-American status that a student/athlete can achieve. An Exemplary All-American needs between a 3.6-3.75 GPA, a Superior status is given to those between a 3.75 and 3.99 GPA and the Pinnacle, the highest Academic All-American status, is for a 4.0 GPA. Sabrina Montgomery (Women’s Basketball), Shelby Overturf (Softball) and Alayna Carlson (Softball) all received Exemplary status. Austin Alonge (Baseball) earned Superior status and Haley Schaef (Women’s Basketball) was awarded the Pinnacle Status for a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Haley Schaef, who was Academic All-Conference, All-Region and All-America had a stellar two year career as a student/athlete for the Saints. She was a two year All-Conference selection for women’s basketball, a vital component to their run at the NJCAA National Tournament, an outstand student and was also the award recipient of the “Medal of Honor” which is the highest award Mercyhurst North East gives to a graduate.
The Saints Athletic Department would like to congratulate all student/athletes who achieved academic success throughout the school year.