An impressive total of 27 fall student-athletes at Goshen College have named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
This year’s total falls just short of the program record for the season of 29 set back in 2009. The Maple Leafs posted an academic year best of 50 during both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 years.
Nominated by each institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
A number of local student-athletes were honored including seniors Karla Folker (Goshen), Erin Helmuth (Bethany Christian) and Alita Yoder (Bethany Christian) in women’s cross country; senior Hannah Grieser (Bethany Christian) and junior Emily Waits (Fairfield) in women’s volleyball, senior Lynn Weaver (Goshen), juniors Alisha Christner (Northridge) and Dana Christner (Northridge) in women’s soccer; juniors Jordan Berkey (Westview) and Caleb Frey (Westview) in men’s soccer.
Others recognized in women’s cross country were seniors Hannah Bartel (Iowa City, Iowa) and Lydia Alderfer (Harleysville, Pa.), juniors Becca Augsburger (Nicholasville, Ky.), Alli Beitler (Berne, Ind.) and Audrey Thill (Paoli, Ind.). Senior Karina Rohrer-Meck (Archbold, Ohio) was another honoree in women’s volleyball. Additional honorees in women’s soccer were seniors Kristina Lopienski (Bartlett, Ill.), Kelsey Schrock (Wellman, Iowa) and Mara Swartzentruber (Albuquerque, N.M.) and junior Emily Fretz (Centennial, Colo.). Others recognized in men’s soccer were seniors Daniel Martin (Salem, Ore.), Mahomed Yarba Meissara (Atar, Mauratania) and Brian O’Leary (Seattle); juniors Andrew Glick (Pekin, Ill.) and Joe Gunden (Chelsea, Mich.). Seniors Jacob Gunderkline (Yellow Springs, Ohio) and Abe Stucky (Moon Township, Pa.) were recognized in men’s cross country.
Northwestern junior punter Brandon Williams (NorthWood) will be playing for the Wildcats (9-3) when they take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4) in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, on New Year’s Day. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with a noon kickoff.
Williams has averaged 39.6 yards on 59 punts with a long of 64. He has 10 punts of 50 or more yards and has not had one blocked. He has 19 punts that have been downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and one touchback.
Williams has also received Academic All-Big Ten recognition. To receive the honor an athlete must be in at least his or her second year at the institution, letter in his or her sport and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Williams is studying Mechanical Engineering and was one of 34 Wildcat football players recognized by the Big Ten.