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Cougars Earn 150 PacWest All-Academic Honors

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Published
July 8, 2014
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- After a runner-up finish in the Pacific West Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings for the 2013-14 season, Azusa Pacific earned 150 All-Academic honors, the conference office announced Tuesday. The Cougars, who were among the PacWest’s leaders in overall grade point average at 3.15, are tied with California Baptist for the most All-Academic honors in the league.

“The athletic success is great, but to see our student athletes excel the way they have is exciting for us. Azusa Pacific is a great academic university and I’m proud that our athletes reflect that,” said Azusa Pacific Director of Athletics Gary Pine.

Azusa Pacific, which implemented an academic support program at the beginning of the 2013-14 season, had three players named PacWest Scholar Athletes of the Year for their respective sports. Kelly Hardeman earned the honor for women’s basketball, while Allison Updike (women’s track & field) and Reika Kijima (women’s cross country) rounded out the awards, with all three eligible to be named the PacWest’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The Cougar baseball team was Azusa Pacific’s most represented program with 26 players being named All-Academic, while the NCCAA national champion women’s soccer team led the way for women’s sports with 24. For the complete release on the PacWest All-Academic team click here.

AZUSA PACIFIC’S ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM (sorted by sport)

BASEBALL (26)
Sean Aspinall
Caleb Badder
Joel Belk
Cameron Bennett
Domenic Biagini
Andy Bissel
Andrew Carrillo
Michael Fairchild
Martin Gallegos
Daniel Garispe
Joshua Grajeda
Joe Huthsing
Blake James
Matt Kimmel
Daniel Martin
Luis Martinez
Brian Marty
David May
Paul O’Connor
Kyle Pine
Dusty Sanderson
Billy Sanford
Michael Staudinger
Josh Staumont
Parker Tormey
Jonathan Velasco

MEN’S BASKETBALL (7)
Austin Dyer
Bruce English
Andy Jones
Corey Langerveld
Troy Leaf
Kevin Stafford
Jared Zoller

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (7)
Cara Bomar
Lisha Elsenbach
Lauren Gilster
Allison Greene
Kelly Hardeman
Katie Powell
Joelle Tampien

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (3)
Kyle Bueckert
Peter Buscheck
Ryan Phillips

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (8)
Kylie Betts
Elle Farrar
Sarah Higgens
Reika Kijima
Melissa Leyva
Elizabeth Lyons
Jocelyn Orozco
Christina Russell

MEN’S SOCCER (11)
Oktay Bulut
Andrew Delaplane
Carlos Garcia Partida
Leonardo Grigg
Dane Johnson
Scott Kinney
Raul Martinez
Garrett Mehrguth
Casey Sbrana
Steven Shiokari
Jamarko Washington

WOMEN’S SOCCER (24)
Mayra Almazan
Haley Arft
Allyn Brown
Cassidy Burr
Courtney Camden
Logan Chan
Haley Fisher
Amanda Hardy
Shannon Hardy
Sarah Klinkenberg
Stephanie Lossau
Jasmine MacDonald
Madeline Monreal
Devon Mullholland
Natalie Nick
Hayley Patterson
Daniella Perez
Danielle Ross
Lindsay Ryals
Allie Stone
Reade Tillman
Alyx Williams
Haley Williamson
Kristin Wilson

SOFTBALL (3)
Abry Moreno
Nicki Sprague
Carly Xepoleas

MEN’S TENNIS (7)
Ben Eger
Pascal Engel
Sasha Kingsley
Alan Leahy
Jan Meyer
Frederik Wilkens
Gary Yam

WOMEN’S TENNIS (4)
Bethany Duval
Emily Harris
Kim Koetterheinrich
Lindsey Yeom

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD (17)
Kyle Bueckert
Peter Buscheck
Benjamin Byer
Tomek Czerwinski
Miles Gastil
Zach Ginn
Matt Kenney
James Kim
Jacek Lawrynowicz
Brennan May
Riley McKee
Trenten Merrill
Matt Nash
Ryan Phillips
Andy Ramos
David Schulte
Sameer Sedam

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD (21)
Kylie Betts
Diandra Carstensen
Danica Dobosy
Faith Douglas
Sydney Eaton
Elle Farrar
Kaylee Fink
Erin Fisher
Erica Grassl
Reika Kijima
Melissa Leyva
Elizabeth Lyons
Jocelyn Orozco
Amber Panapa
Teyana Poole
Christina Russell
Casey Schade
Allison Updike
Megan VanWinkle
Zoe Wilkens
Kanoe Yadao

VOLLEYBALL (12)
Hayley Beetstra
Christy Cain
Lauren Edwards
Cori Esparza
Emily Ingalls
Jaden Louie
Ashley Midland
Tristan Racich
Joy Reinke
Mattie Shelford
Ashley Swatek
Alicia Utke