102 GSW student-athletes set school record

Published 9:39 pm Monday, July 2, 2018

By Staff Reports


AMERICUS – Georgia Southwestern State University placed a school-record 102 student-athletes on the 2017-18 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll. The PBC Presidential Honor Roll was released on Thursday, June 28, by the league office.

“We are extremely proud of these student-athletes,” GSW Associate Athletic Director Christie Ward said. “Their dedication to their sport and to their academic excellence never ceases to amaze me. They are truly committed to embracing the Division II model of Life in the Balance, and it is clearly displayed by how they excel not only on the field or court, but also in the classroom.”

The GSW baseball team had the largest number of student-athletes on the list with 21. Men’s Soccer was second with 17 student-athletes on the list.

The softball team led all GSW sports with the highest percentage of its roster on the Presidential Honor Roll after posting a 21 percent increase from last spring.  Below is a list of the top five programs in 2017-18 according to the percentage of its roster receiving the Peach Belt Honor:


Rank       Sport                                   Percentage of Athletes on Honor Roll


  1.             Softball                                94.1 percent
  2.             Women’s Tennis               85.7 percent
  3.             Men’s Golf                          83.3 percent
  4.             Men’s Tennis                     75.0 percent
  5.             Women’s XC                      71.4 percent


The Presidential Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes at all 12 PBC schools who had a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year. It was announced on Thursday, June 28, that 1,473 student-athletes conference-wide had earned the recognition.

The Honor Roll has been divided into four groups: Presidential Scholars, Bronze Scholars, Silver Scholars and Gold Scholars. All student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.24 are Presidential Scholars while Bronze Scholars are 3.25 to 3.49. To be a Silver Scholar, a student-athlete has to have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74. To be a Gold Scholar, a student-athlete has to have a GPA between 3.75 to 4.00.

Here is the list of GSW Gold Scholars, Silver Scholars, Bronze Scholars and Presidential Scholars:

GSW Men’s Soccer standout Silvio Polly made it on to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll as a Gold Scholar.
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Gold Scholars (21): Silvio Polly ( Men’s Soccer), Thiago Elias (Men’s Soccer), Mercedes Benites (Women’s Soccer), Jessica Bingham (Women’s Soccer), Sholeh Rezaee (Women’s Soccer), Haley West (Women’s Soccer), Michelle Gustavsen (Women’s Soccer), Bri Reda (Women’s Soccer), Mitch Holloway (Baseball), Matt Hubbard (Baseball), Jamison Wilks (Baseball), Tucker Smith (Baseball), Will Hernandez (Men’s Golf), Graysen Sanders (Softball), Autumn Tripp (Softball), Luke Eafano (Men’s Tennis), Kendall Crew (Women’s Tennis), Celia del Castillo (Women’s Tennis), Ashley Denby (Women’s Tennis), Anneliese Leahy (Women’s Tennis).

GSW pitcher Kyle Spinks made it on to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll as a Silver Scholar.
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Silver Scholars (26): Shatyriah Crawford (Women’s Soccer), Courtney Ostrus (Women’s Soccer), Jeremiah Barnett (Baseball), Jared Donalson (Baseball), Kyle Spinks (Baseball), Jared Jones (Baseball), Josh Logan (Baseball), Dakota Long (Baseball), Colton Perkins (Baseball), Ryan Cahill (Men’s Golf), Elias Birkeland (Men’s Golf), Cale Mainor ( Men’s Basketball), Colt Yawn (Men’s Basketball), Amanda Melosky (Women’s Basketball), Connie Lewis (Women’s Cross Country), Ashleigh Owens (Women’s Cross Country), Manuel Duran (Men’s Soccer), Lucas Kimmel (Men’s Soccer), Uriel Rodriguez (Men’s Soccer), Josh Swift (Men’s Soccer), Cassidy Burton (Softball), KayLynn Church (Softball), Allee Denney (Softball), Madason Messer (Softball), Hayley Tierce (Softball), Mikela Barlow (Softball).

Junior forward Jonathan Sayers made it on to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll as a Bronze Scholar. He is a member of the GSW Men’s Soccer Team.
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Bronze Scholars (27): Leila Hamed (Women’s Soccer), Shelbie Mills (Women’s Soccer), Alison Rugel (Women’s Soccer), Jason Baita (Baseball), Hayden Martin (Baseball), Stewart Tyler (Baseball), Adrianne Brown (Women’s Basketball), Mickell Greene (Women’s Basketball), Whitney Young (Women’s Basketball), Katherine McGarr (Women’s Cross Country), Trevor Dempsey (Men’s Soccer), Savannah Ross (Women’s Cross Country), Caleb Zolman (Men’s Soccer), Chris Avery (Men’s Soccer), Dylan Marshall (Men’s Soccer), Daniel Mendsen (Men’s Soccer), Julian Rugel (Men’s Soccer), Jonathan Sayers (Men’s Soccer), Chris Steinwachs (Men’s Soccer), Brittany Childs (Softball), Shannon Gibson (Softball), Christina Wells (Softball), Elizabeth Wills (Softball), Chloe Zoeller (Softball), Alex Canovas Ferrando (Men’s Tennis), Bryon Robley (Men’s Tennis), Alex Rhodes (Women’s Tennis).

GSW golfer Vincent Norman made it on to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll as a Presidential Scholar.
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Presidential Scholars (28): Rachel Cochran (Women’s Soccer), Ella Hawkins (Women’s Soccer), Avery Heid (Women’s Soccer), Kailly Short (Women’s Soccer), Kole Clark (Baseball), Jacob Harrell (Baseball), Bradley Hough (Baseball), Austin Langford (Baseball), Jonathan Martin (Baseball), Brooks McDonel (Baseball), Devin Shea (Baseball), Nix Duncan (Men’s Golf), Vincent Norman (Men’s Golf), Devin Watson (Men’s Basketball), Kris Beckham (Women’s Basketball), Kya Cochran (Women’s Basketball), Shanya Jones (Women’s Basketball), Erica Day (Women’s Cross Country), Zay Harris (Men’s Soccer), Jean-Pierre Merlet (Men’s Soccer), Divin Moke (Men’s Soccer), Lauren Kuerzi (Softball), Hannah McCain (Softball), Payton Singletary (Softball), Jonathon Martin (Men’s Tennis), Beau Millwood (Men’s Tennis), Justin Ralston (Men’s Tennis), Maria Taboada (Women’s Tennis).