Several students from Spring Hill College (SHC) have received Academic All-America honors from the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
These awards recognize athletes holding a career GPA of 3.3 or higher, while at the same time making significant on-field contributions to their team. Here is a review of the athletes contributed by SHC:
* Senior women’s track and field athlete Athina Amanor has been named to the 2020 Academic All-America First Team in National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. A star out of Murphy High School in Mobile, she was the top-ranked long jumper in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in March. She holds a career long jump record of 5.47 meters (17.95 feet) and has 39 top eight career finishes.
A four-time letter winner, Amanor holds four school records, including the 100-meter dash (12.25); the 200-meter dash (25.20); the 4×100 relay; and the 4×400 relay. Her personal best in the 400-meter run stands at 57.76 seconds. Also serving as the emergency reserve player for the Badgers’ women’s tennis team, she holds a 2-2 career singles mark and 3-1 doubles mark with one letter.
Amanor graduated earlier this spring with a perfect 4.0 GPA in pre-med. She was named to the Academic All-America Second Team as a junior.
* Softball player Aly Fowler has been named to the Academic All-America Second Team for the second consecutive season. A biology/pre-health major from Dripping Springs, Texas, the senior was hitting .348 in her career with 24 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, and 46 RBIs in 98 games played before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Splitting time between catcher and first base, Fowler fielded at a .970 pace with 258 career putouts and 38 assists.
A member of the 2019 SIAC All-Conference and All-Tournament first teams, Fowler previously was a member of the Academic All-District 5 squads in 2019 and 2020, as well as the Academic All-America Second Team in 2019. She is also a three-time member of the SIAC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and a two-time member of the SIAC Softball All-Academic Team.
Fowler was the 2019-20 SHC Senior Female Student Athlete of the Year as well as the Female Co-Academic Student Athlete of the Year, holding a perfect 4.0 GPA.
* Beach volleyball player Payton Gidney has been named to the At-Large Second Team. A senior from Grapevine, Texas, she holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in psychology. She earned eight athletic letters with the Badgers, lettering all four years of her court and beach volleyball careers.
In 2019, she also earned Third Team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA following the court volleyball season. Gidney holds a 38-38 career record in beach volleyball.
In her four years as an outside hitter for the Badgers’ court volleyball team, SHC built a 120-19 overall record. The Badgers had a dominating 54-0 conference record, with SIAC Tournament Championships in her junior and senior campaigns. She was a member of the 2018 and 2019 SIAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, as well as the 2017-18 and 2018-19 SIAC Volleyball All-Academic teams. In her career, Gidney made appearances in 381 sets of 131 matches with 575 kills, 114 aces, 65 assists, 939 digs and 60 blocks.
* Men’s tennis player Ulf Grosseloh has been named to the At-Large Second Team. The senior from Maximiliansau, Germany, holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in financial economics. He was a member of the 2019 SIAC All-Conference teams in singles and doubles, as well as the 2019 SIAC All-Tournament team in singles play.
A member of both the 2019 SIAC Men’s Tennis All-Academic team and the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, he holds two SHC athletic letters with a 57-21 mark in singles and a 20-15 record in doubles.
The Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) has announced its 2020 Softball All-Academic Team and Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team.
To be selected to the squad, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better and be in the third term of attendance or later. The University of Mobile program had 17 players recognized:
Payton Adams (junior/Louisiana), Hope Cain (senior/Hartselle, Ala.), Emilie Brown (junior/Roanoke, Ala.), Eila Infante (junior/Venezuela), Courtney Ellzey (sophomore/Satsuma), Destinee Cole (junior/Pinson, Ala.), Mackenzie Jackson (freshman/Hartselle, Ala.), Jenna James (junior/Texas), Taylor LeDrew (junior/Fairhope), Amberly Montgomery (sophomore/Satsuma), Jaden Morace (sophomore/Fairhope), Hailee Powell (junior/Mobile), Kaylee Pullin (junior/Prattville, Ala.), Kaitlyn Spangler (junior/Hartselle, Ala.), Allison Vincent (junior/Louisiana), Maegan Walding (senior/Midland City, Ala.) and Savannah Woodruff (senior/Saraland).
In addition, Adams was selected as the university’s representative for the SSAC Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team. These honors go to student-athletes that exemplify the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
No vaulting on Dauphin Street this July
It has been announced that the Dauphin Street Vault (DSV) has been halted for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This would have been the 10th year for a section of downtown Mobile being blocked off in order to provide pole vaulters of varied ages and skill levels a very unique venue for testing their abilities.
“We are cancelling the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Thomas Fowlkes, one of the organizers, told Lagniappe. He explained it would have been impossible to practice social distancing guidelines for an event that traditionally packs participants and fans into tight spaces.
“Yeah, it would’ve been a Petri dish of potential COVID,” Fowlkes said. “And the multiplication factor of hundreds of people traveling from across the region … way too risky.”
The organizers are not the only ones who are disappointed by the cancellation. Fowlkes had previously said some of the merchants have told him DSV is their second busiest day of the year after Mardi Gras.
“We are already looking forward to DSV 2021, in addition to any normal semblance of life,” he said.
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