ADA – For the second year in a row, an East Central University baseball player has been named Lone Star Conference North Academic Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.

Cody Carrier, a senior psychology major and catcher out of Zachary, La., was voted LSC North Academic Player of the Year after batting .383 with 13 homers, 12 doubles and 44 runs batted in during the 2006 season.

To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 grade point average and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically. The Academic Player of the Year award and all-academic team are selected from a list of academically qualified players, with the league’s sports information directors voting on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement.

Carrier was the second straight Tiger to be selected as LSC North Academic Player of the Year. Pitcher Kevin O’Brien was picked for the honor following the 2005 season.

Joining Carrier on the all-academic team were Cameron pitcher Ryan Totte and outfielder Greg Patton; Central Oklahoma shortstop Bryan Belford and catcher Doug Yarholar; Northeastern State pitchers Cody Crisper and Jonathan Wygle; Southeastern Oklahoma State pitcher Adam Bennett and second baseman Riley Ridling; along with Southwestern Oklahoma State first baseman Garion Davenport and catcher Tanner Dewald.

Designated hitter Joel Wells, of Abilene Christian University, was picked as the LSC South Academic Player of the Year and was joined on the all-academic team by seven other players.

Six ECU tennis players honored for academics

Three East Central University tennis players were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Academic Teams while three others made the commissioner’s honor roll, it was announced Thursday by the league office in Richardson, Texas.

On the men’s side, ECU’s senior tandem of Felipe Lopez, a business major from Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay, and Matt Folsom, a management information systems major out of Moore High School, were selected to the all-academic team while Chris Kriel, a business major from East London, South Africa, was placed on the commissioner’s honor roll.

ECU had more nominees (three) for the all-academic team than any other school.

Also making the men’s all-academic team were Abilene Christian’s Kevin Beedy (academic player of the year) and Casper Steenkamp, Midwestern State’s Charles Van Swelm and Central Oklahoma’s Christian Haugen.

On the women’s side, Amanda Rhynes, a senior services for the deaf major out of Ada, was ECU’s lone representative on the all-academic team while Ana Fernandez, a junior business major from Salta, Argentina, and Karlien Lotter, a sophomore education major from Willowmore, South Africa, were placed on the commissioner’s honor roll.

Joining Rhynes on the all-academic team are Midwestern State’s Michelle Beukes (academic player of the year), Cecilia Muller and Brenna Jackson; Tarleton State’s Alicia Cummings; Abilene Christian’s Holly Lindloff and Cameron’s Carolina Vera-Vera.

To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 grade point average. The academic player of the year award and all-academic team are selected from a list of academically qualified players, with the league's sports information directors voting on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement.





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