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Baseball, Softball Yield Fourteen Athletes on 2018 SAC All-Academic Team

By Alyssa Fox on 06/13/2018

Goodwell, Okla.—On Monday, the Sooner Athletic Conference released the 2018 All-Academic Conference Teams, with a collective eighty-six students from the spring season being selected for their efforts on the field bolstered by a stellar performance in the classroom.

The Panhandle State baseball team has five student athletes gracing the list this year, including senior Pierce Edwards, junior Juan Sanchez, and sophomores Corey Ley, Gerson Padilla and Christopher Schraer.

Head Baseball Coach Jason LaRocque exudes pride in his players for achieving accolades both on and off the field. "It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to mentor these young men," says LaRocque, "They are an advocate for our program and for our university. Each one of them is brilliant and a winner at everything they do. They are a large reason for the reputation that is shaping this program and they are an example we are striving to set for all our student athletes."

The Aggie softball team proudly displays nine student athletes on the All- Academic Team; seniors Julia Ibarra, Daisy Recinos, Jackie Sanchez, Brooklyne Bolton, juniors Shelbie Little, Abby Gregory, and Lindsay Jacobs, and sophomores Brissa Rivera and Emily Worley.

Head Softball Coach Meghan Mulcahy commended her players for their encompassing determination, saying, "This group did a great job in the classroom this year. I am proud of their efforts to put the student in student athlete."

To be eligible for the SAC All-Academic Conference teams, students must maintain a minimum 3.25 grade point average during the previous two semesters and be regular participants for their respective teams. The 2018 SAC awards are presented by Omaha, Neb. based insurance company, Cypress Risk Management. The insurance agency specializes in providing customized solutions for collegiate student health and athletic accident insurance. Cypress currently insures over 500,000 students nationwide and is already engaged with several other NAIA conferences in similar type of partnership.

A complete listing of SAC All-Academic teams may be found online at soonerathletic.org.