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Appalachian State University defensive coordinator Nate Woody is one of 36 nominees for the 2015 Broyles Award, the Rotary Club of Little Rock announced on Wednesday. The Broyles Award is presented annually to college football’s top assistant coach.

In his third season as Appalachian State’s defensive coordinator, Woody oversees a unit that ranks among the top two in the Sun Belt Conference and/or the top 25 nationally in 10 different statistical categories. Most notably, the Mountaineers lead the Sun Belt in total defense (320.5 ypg - 15th nationally), scoring defense (18.5 ppg - 16th nationally), rushing defense (134.7 ypg - 31st nationally) and pass-efficiency defense (116.34 - 34th nationally).

Appalachian ranks No. 1 among 128 NCAA Division I FBS teams in red-zone defense, only allowing its opponents to score at a 58.8-percent clip when they get inside the Mountaineers’ 20 yard line. App State is also tied for fourth nationally with four defensive touchdowns.

Should Appalachian State finish the season as the Sun Belt’s top-ranked defense, it would mark the second-straight year that it accomplished the feat. Last season, Woody’s defense surrendered just 347.5 yards per game en route to being the Sun Belt’s No. 1 unit in the Mountaineers’ first year in the conference.

A 25-year coaching veteran, Woody came to Appalachian State in 2013 after 22 seasons as an assistant coach at former Southern Conference rival Wofford. He served as defensive coordinator for the final 13 seasons of his 22-year coaching stint at his alma mater. The Terriers led the SoCon in total defense three times under his direction.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Coach Woody,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “All of our coaches do an outstanding job and have played a huge role in our success this season. But, in particular, it’s great to see Coach Woody recognized for what he and the rest of our defensive coaches have done to make our defense one of the nation’s top units.”

Woody is Appalachian State’s second Broyles Award nominee in as many seasons as a member of FBS. Co-offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford was nominated for the award in 2014.

The list of 36 Broyles Award nominees will be trimmed to five finalists on Monday. The 2015 Broyles Award will be presented on Dec. 8 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball shot 54.2 percent (13-for-24) from the field, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc and 8-of-9 from the free throw line in the second half to down the Liberty Flames in the first game of the 2015 Challenge in Music City, 73-62, on Thursday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (2-3) boasted four student-athletes with double-figure scoring outputs for the first time this season. Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) led the way with 18 points, including finishing 10-of-13 from the charity stripe. The 10 free throws for Eaves were a season high. Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) contributed a hot-shooting second half and finished with 17 points, including 15 points (6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range) in the second half.

Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) chipped in 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting, 2-for-4 from the three-point line and was perfect in four attempts from the foul line.

Perhaps one of the more impressive stat lines of the night came from Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy/Purdue) who played 24 minutes for App State. Lawson scored 10 points, while also grabbing 10 rebounds and swatting five blocked shots. The rebounds are a career-high for the senior, while the blocked shots match a season and career-high from the season opener against Jacksonville.

Appalachian set a season high with 36 free throw attempts and connected on 29 of them – good for 80.6 percent. Despite a rather cold-shooting first half of play – 10-for-30 from the field and 2-for-7 from three-point range – the Mountaineers finished 21-of-27 from the charity stripe and only trailed Liberty by one point, 34-33, after a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Liberty’s A.C. Reid.

Down 13-11 in the first half, App State engineered an 11-0 run sparked by a pair of Lawson free throws. The run spanned 3:41 from the 9:56 mark to 6:15 remaining in the half. With the Mountaineers up six at 26-18, Liberty would answer with an 11-3 run of its own to tie the game at 29-29. Up 33-31, the Black and Gold would surrender the Reid three-pointer with two seconds left to trail 34-33 at half.

In the second half, the Flames would lead by as many as five at 38-33 with 18:23 remaining. The Mountaineers would orchestrate a 15-4 run keyed by a Burgess triple. The run spanned nearly six minutes off the game clock and culminated with a and put App State up by six points at 48-42 with 11:13 left in the game.

The Flames, however, would comeback and initiate an 8-2 run in just 1:07 to knot the score at 50-50. In a game full of momentum swings, it was Appalachian’s turn and a Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) triple sparked an 8-0 run from the Mountaineers to take a 58-50 lead with just 7:33 left.

Following a Shabazz layup, App State would take a 65-54 lead - its biggest of the game at that point. The Flames answered with four-straight points, but it was stopped by a Burgess three-pointer to put the Apps back up by double-digits. After extending its lead to a game-high 12 points, App State would eventually win by 11.

Despite committing four more turnovers than Liberty, App State outscored the Flames 23-17 and 16-5 in the second half in points off turnovers. App State outrebounded Liberty 34-23 and outscored the Flames in second-chance points. 17-5.

With the win, Appalachian moves to 5-1 all time against Liberty. The game marked the first time both programs matched up since the 2001-02 season.

The Mountaineers will return to the court tomorrow evening for a 6 p.m. EST tilt against the Mercer Bears in their second game of the 2015 Challenge in Music City.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 13:58

Dejournette Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

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For the second consecutive week, Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) is the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced on Wednesday.

“I’m proud of Denzel and the continual improvements he is making,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “He’s having fun and just enjoying the sport.”

Dejournette went 4-0 over the weekend at the Keystone Classic en route to his second-straight first place finish at the tournament after winning the title in 2014. The No. 12 nationally ranked heavyweight is now 11-0 after back-to-back tournament wins this season.

Dejournette won his opening match of the Keystone Classic by major decision over Ray Sherwood (Sacred Heart). The Winston-Salem, N.C. native then use a technical fall over Alexander Foley (Drexel) and a pin over Mauro Correnti (Rider) to reach the final.

In the final match, Dejournette won an 8-2 decision over No. 19 Ryan Solomon to claim the title.

The honor marks the fourth time in Dejournette’s career that he has won the Southern Conference weekly award. Dejournette was also named Wrestler of the Week in back-to-back weeks in the 2014-15 season.

With his latest tournament win, Dejournette has now won five of his last seven tournaments dating back to last season.

The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill, N.C. against the UNC Tarheels.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:57

High School Basketball Scores From Tuesday, 11/24/15

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Girls basketball
Alexander Central: 42
Watauga: 26

Ashe County: 47
Bunker Hill: 30

Bandys: 54
Fred T. Foard: 38

Newton-Conover: 55
St. Stephens: 49

South Caldwell: 55
West Caldwell: 31

West Iredell: 57
Maiden: 52

Boys basketball
Ashe County: 63
Bunker Hill: 57

East Burke: 87
Patton: 64

Fred T. Foard: 78
Bandys: 48

Maiden: 41
West Iredell: 40

Newton-Conover: 57
St. Stephens: 45

Watauga: 51
Alexander Central: 49

West Caldwell: 50
South Caldwell: 46

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:56

Appalachian State Football to Host Miami (Fla.) in 2016

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Appalachian State University has agreed to a home-and-home football series with the University of Miami, the schools announced on Tuesday. Appalachian State will host the five-time national champion Hurricanes on Sept. 17, 2016 and travel to Miami for a rematch on Sept. 11, 2021.

“One of our goals is to play opponents in all sports that generate excitement among our University community, students, alumni and fans,” Appalachian State athletics director Doug Gillin said. “Miami definitely fits the description.

“It will be a great moment in the history of our University when the Mountaineers and Hurricanes square off at Kidd Brewer Stadium in September,” Gillin continued. “Such a momentous event wouldn’t be possible at Appalachian State if it weren’t for the hard work of so many people that made the transition to NCAA Division I FBS and the Sun Belt Conference possible.

“Finally, I’d like to thank head coach Scott Satterfield and our colleagues at Miami and North Carolina Central for making this happen on such short notice,” Gillin concluded.

September’s matchup at Kidd Brewer Stadium against Miami, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2001 Associated Press national champion, will mark the first time that Appalachian State has ever hosted an opponent from one of college football’s five “power conferences.” Appalachian is now slated to host ACC foes in back-to-back seasons, as Miami’s visit in 2016 will be followed by a home contest against Wake Forest in 2017.

Additionally, Miami will play a Sun Belt opponent on the road for the first time.

“As someone who has been at Appalachian State for more than 20 years, I feel that bringing an opponent as recognizable as Miami to Boone is a milestone for our University,” Satterfield said. “We have great respect for Miami — not just for its tradition but for the very talented team it will bring to The Rock next season. I’m excited for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete at home against such a terrific program and for our fans to be a part of the experience.”

To make room for Miami on Appalachian State’s 2016 schedule, Appalachian and North Carolina Central mutually agreed to move their ‘16 matchup to a still-to-be-determined future date.

Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 17 vs. MIAMI (FLA.)
Sept. 24 at Akron

Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts
TBA at Georgia

Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 4 at Wyoming
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)

Sept. 17 at Marshall


Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Outlast Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team (4-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 98-88 victory over Wingate (3-1, 0-1) Tuesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with 27 points to go along with 17 rebounds – both career-highs – while senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) added 20 points and four treys as the Bears continued their best start in three seasons.

Six players scored in double figures for the Bears including another double-double by senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) – 11 points and 10 assists – and Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 14 three-pointers including 11 in the first half in the victory.

Wingate’s Isiah Cureton (Waxhaw, N.C.) finished with a team-high 21 points but the Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 53-39 advantage entering intermission and never let its lead fall under five points the rest of the way. The Bears also dished out 23 assists on the night and hit 58 percent (34-of-59) from the field.

The Bulldogs’ Mike Baez (Huntersville, N.C.) scored 19 points and the Bulldogs turned the ball over just seven times despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Livingstone on Friday in the Finis Horne Classic in Greenwood, S.C., beginning at 5:30pm.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:53

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Loses SAC Opener

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The Wingate Women’s Basketball Team (1-1, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with an 84-34 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2, 0-1) Tuesday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs’ Alex Tomlinson (Raleigh, N.C.) finished with 17 points while Courtney Robinson (Taylors, S.C.) added 14 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Wingate really turned it on in the second half – outscoring the Bears by a 50-16 margin – and limited Lenoir-Rhyne to just 17 percent shooting (11-of-66) for the game.

A total of 13 players scored for the Bulldogs, who also held a 59-30 edge in rebounding and dished out 22 assists in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) and senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) with eight and seven points, respectively. The Bears also hit just one-of-16 three-point attempts in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Gaffney, S.C. to take on No. 9 Limestone on Saturday beginning at 2pm.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:49

Appalachian State Field Hockey Signs Four

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- Meghan Dawson announced her first signing class as the head coach of Appalachian State University field hockey on Tuesday with the addition of four student-athletes for the fall of 2016.

"I am really excited about the student-athletes we have committed so far this year," said Dawson. "They are all hard workers who are excited to embrace the challenges of making this program better every single day. Their attitudes on and off the field are going to bring a positive and competitive environment to our program."

ASHTON COLEY • 5-2 • Defense • Kernersville, N.C. • R.J. Reynolds

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Ashton is a committed kid who works really hard and has a positive attitude on and off the field."

HIGH SCHOOL: Has won four letters in both field hockey and lacrosse ... named a North Carolina All-Star as a junior and senior ... was also a first team all-conference performer for both of those seasons ... earned Defensive Player of the Year recognition as a junior and senior ... named most improved for lacrosse ... has put 41 shots on goal with three assists ... was No. 1 in takeaways/interceptions with 86 and tallied 21 defensive clears ... also played for the Charlotte Ambush Field Hockey Club.

PERSONAL: Full name is Ashton Rose Coley ... daughter of Richard and Amber Coley ... born February 10, 1998 (17 years old) ... plans to major in exercise science.

TORI HUGHES • 5-4 • Defense/Midfield • Norfolk, Va. • Granby

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Victoria is a hard worker who has a good set of basics and a good attitude. She is adaptable on the field and will work hard no matter what."

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three times in field hockey ... experienced a very decorated career playing for the Focus Field Hockey club ... for that club, Tori's U16 team was ranked 13th in the USA Field Hockey Club Rankings and her U19 team was ranked 20th ... those teams competed in several events including the Futures Tournament, the Disney Showcase, the National Indoor Tournament, the National Field Hockey Festival, and she was a part of the team that was U19 Focus Showcase Tournament Champions in both 2014 and 2015 ... also a member of the National Honor Society and the International Baccalauette Diploma Program.

PERSONAL: Full name is Victoria Alane Hughes ... daughter of Carolann and Robert Hughes ... born November 27, 1998 (16 years old) ... plans to major in pre-med physical therapy with a minor in exercise science.

KALEY SELNER • 5-5 • Defense/Midfield • Herndon, Va. • Herndon

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Kaley is good defender with a good set of basic skills. She sees the field and distributes the ball to other players really well."

HIGH SCHOOL: Won three letters as a member of the field hockey team ... named first team all-district tournament in both 2014 and 2015 and first team all-district in 2015 ... was on the Herndon Invitational all-tournament team in 2014 and was on the first team for that event in 2015 ... this past fall, she scored six goals to go with four assists ... played for Freedom Hockey: National Club Championship in 2014 and 2015, National Indoor Championship in 2015 and Disney Showcase in 2015 as a defender.

PERSONAL: Full name is Kaley Anne Selner ... daughter of Leonard and Darlene Selner ... born January 13, 1998 (17 years old) ... major is undecided ... sister Kyra was first team all-conference as a sophomore for field hockey at Johnson & Wales University.

ALI WILLIAMS • 5-7 • Midfield/Defense • Myersville, Md. • Middletown

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Ali is a really hard worker. She is going to bring to us an intensity and work rate on the field that I am really excited about!"

HIGH SCHOOL: Won four letters in field hockey and one more in track and field ... named second team all-conference as a junior and first team as a senior ... earned Frederick News Post Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 3, 2015 ... team's MVP as both a junior and senior ... played in the Frederick County All-Star Senior Game ... team captain for junior and senior seasons ... also played for the Freedom hockey team and had great success ... that team won the U19 National Club Championship in 2015, played in the U19 National Indoor Tournament in 2015, won the U16 National Club Championship in 2014, took first place in the Junior Premier Outdoor League for U16, competed in the Festival Showcase (2012, 2014, 2015), and the Disney Showcase (2013, 2015) ... she was the U19 Regional Club Championship MVP in 2015.

PERSONAL: Full name is Alyssa Lynn Williams ... daughter of Jaime and Bruce Williams ... born July 20, 1998 (17 years old) ... plans to major in biology ... sister Courtney played field hockey at American International College and father Bruce ran cross country and track and field at Westfield State University.

For the third time in four years, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team has earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

The Bears (23-7), winners of 11 straight matches, is the seventh seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament and will face second-seeded Flagler (23-7) in the opening round on Friday, December 4, at the Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C.

USC Aiken (27-5) is the top seed in the region and will serve as the host institution. Match times will be announced later.

Both Lenoir-Rhyne (South Atlantic Conference) and Flagler (Peach Belt Conference) won their respective league tournaments to capture automatic qualifying bids to the national postseason tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Wingate by a 3-1 margin – scores of 17-25, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23 – on Sunday in Anderson, S.C., to win its first-ever SAC Tournament Championship. The Bears also made the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2004, 2012 and 2014.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led this year by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.).

Redmond, a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, leads the team in kills with 349 and was named the 2015 SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Gottberg ranks first on the team in assists (678) and digs (345) and was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team.

The semifinals and finals of the regional tournament are scheduled for Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6. The regional winner will advance onto the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 10, in Tampa, Fla., at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center.

2015 NCAA Division II Southeast Region
Volleyball Tournament
December 4-6 – Aiken, S.C.
Convocation Center

Friday, December 4 – QUARTERFINALS
No. 8 Erskine (22-6) at No. 1 USC Aiken (27-5)
No. 4 Carson-Newman (26-7) vs. No. 5 Armstrong State (18-10)
No. 2 Flagler (23-7) vs. No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne (23-7)
No. 3 Wingate (28-4) vs. No. 6 Lander (24-12)

Saturday, December 5 - SEMIFINALS

Sunday, December 6 - FINALS

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Brianna Belsky has been named to the 2015 CoSIDA NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Academic All-America Second Team. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Belsky, a senior defender from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., earns Academic All-American accolades for the second consecutive year.

Belsky, a chemistry major with a 3.94 grade point average, is a three-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection (2012, 2014-15) and a two-time First-Team All-Southeast Region pick (2012 and 2014).

Belsky has started four years for the Bears and has led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 58-14-9 record during her career in addition to three consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships and three straight berths to the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2012-14).

As a freshman in 2012, Belsky earned honorable mention All-American honors as the Bears won the SAC Tournament Championship. For her Lenoir-Rhyne career, Belsky totaled seven goals, 12 assists and 26 points.

Twenty-two of the 33 members of the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II women’s soccer teams have at least a 3.90 G.P.A., with 11 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The 11 members of the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.91.

The CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

2015 Academic All-America® Women’s Soccer Team
NCAA Division II

GK - Maylyn Parsons, Columbus State, Jr., Greenville, S.C., 4.0, Engineering Studies

D - Clare Carlson, Grand Valley State, Jr., Ada, Mich., 3.92, Engineering

D - Breanne Hatfield, Minot State. Sr., Manteca, Calif., 4.00, Biology / Mathematics / Chemistry

D - Shayla Page (1), Seattle Pacific, Sr., Redmond, Wash., 3.95, Communications

D - Shelby Rolling, Columbus State, Sr., Stayner, Ontario, 3.95, Health Science

MF - Maria Marti Bartis, Clayton State, Gr., Girona, Spain, 4.00, Health Administration

MF - Mani Brueckner (3,#), Gannon, Sr., Valencia, Pa., 3.70, Engineering

MF - Marti Corby (2), Grand Valley State, Jr., Ada, Mich., 3.60, Pre-Med

F - Nicole Corcione, Columbus State, Jr., Candler, N.C., 4.00, Nursing

F - Andrea Froshaug, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Sr., Oslo, Norway, 3.90, Business Administration

F - Haley Hatcher, Ouachita Baptist, Sr., Maumelle, Ark., 4.00, Mass Communications

GK - Olivia Lynch, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Sr., Naples, Fla., 3.66, Aeronautics

D - Romina Bell, American International, Sr., Stockerau, Austria, 3.88, Education

D - Brianna Belsky (1), Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 3.94, Chemistry

D - Taylor Groth (2), Adelphi, Sr., Setauket, N.Y., 3.94, Psychology

D - Chrissy Hollan, Bloomsburg, Sr., Laurys Station, Pa., 3.91, Speech Pathology

MF - Audrey Adkison (2), Harding, Sr., Gorham, Maine, 4.00, Health & Kinesiology

MF - Ally Barys, Georgia College, Sr., Ladera Ranch, Calif., 4.00, Exercise Science

MF - Bella Mitrevski, Roberts Wesleyan, Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3.91, Pre-Law

F - Korey Kronforst (2), Minnesota St., Mankato Sr., Cary, Ill., 3.80, Special Education

F - Chloe Richards, North Alabama, Sr., Cornwall, England, 3.45, Exercise Science

F - Jacoby Ziegler ($), Cedarville, Sr., Wellington, Ohio, 3.72, Nursing

GK - Kaitlyn Emanuel, Upper Iowa, Sr., Byron, Minn., 4.00, Athletic Training

D - Reilee DuPratt, Edinboro, Sr., Olmsted Falls, Ohio, 3.90, Early Childhood Education

D - Courtney Kozak, Ohio Dominican, Jr., Millersburg, Ohio, 4.00, Accounting & Finance

D - Shannon Quinn, Grand Valley State, So., Grand Rapids, Mich., 3.89, Biomedical Sciences

D - Carlie Thornber, Tusculum, So., Oshawa, Ontario, 4.00, Biology (Pre-Medicine)

MF - Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate, Jr., Littleton, Colo., 4.00, Biology

MF - Ashley Burton, Quincy, Sr., St. Louis, Mo., 3.64, Physical Education

MF - Anna Hoffman, Trevecca Nazarene, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 3.89, Education

F - Lavinia Nkomo, Barry, Sr., Southampton, England, 3.93, Exercise Physiology

F - Sarah Stram, Bemidji State, Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill., 3.94, Chemistry

F - Susanne Vistnes, Liu Post, Gr., Randaberg, Norway, 3.57, Business

Academic All-America® of the Year: Haley Hatcher, Ouachita Baptist

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2014
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2014
(3) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third team selection in 2014
($) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2013
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2013

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