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Excelling in the classroom

39 Wildcats earn GLIAC academic awards

Northern Michigan University's Bianca Kinder, left, and Concordia's Margot Coomes prepare for a faceoff in the second half of their GLIAC women's lacrosse game played at the Superior Dome in Marquette on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — Thirty-nine student-athletes at Northern Michigan University were named to the All-Academic and All-Academic Excellence teams by the GLIAC recently.

Women’s outdoor track and field led the Wildcats’ varsity programs with 19 honorees among both awards, followed by women’s lacrosse with 11. Men’s golf finished with five and women’s golf had four.

All-Academic Excellence honors went to 23 Wildcats, including 15 in track and field. Lacrosse had five and women’s golf three.

In total in the GLIAC, 814 student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. To be eligible, a student-athlete had to be on the active roster at the end of the season and could not be a freshman or a first-year transfer. Spots on the All-Academic (3.0-3.49) and All-Academic Excellence (3.50-4.0) teams were determined based on the cumulative grade-point average.

Five area high school graduates earned spring mention, including three going to NMU.

Earning All-Academic Excellence is Northern senior track athlete Shayla Huebner, a Marquette Senior High School graduate majoring in sports science. Academic Excellence goes to NMU redshirt freshman men’s golfer Carter Mason, a Negaunee High School graduate majoring in accounting, and Wildcats sophomore track athlete Izabelle Peterson, an MSHS grad majoring in biology.

The other two from the area earned All Academic plaudits. From Michigan Tech, senior track athlete Jason Bell is a Negaunee grad majoring in mechanical engineering, while at Ferris State, junior Katie Etelamaki is a Westwood High School graduate majoring in biology.

The full GLIAC release can be viewed online at https://www.gliac.org/general_news/2018-19/2019_Spring_Academic_Awards/Spring_Academic_Teams_2019.

Here are NMU’s award winners, listed by sport with year in school, major and hometown:

ALL-ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Women’s golf — Baylee Dunmire, sr., environmental studies and sustainability, Palmdale, Calif.; Karissa Guthrie, sr., biology, Pierre, S.D.; Haley Hewer, sr., management of health and fitness, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

Lacrosse — Tori Aidif, sr., nursing, Grandville; Jordan Hanner, soph., sport science, South Lyon; Bianca Kinder, soph., mathematics, Haslett; Tess Kostelec, soph., nursing, Columbia, Md.; Hannah Seaman, soph., nursing, Clarkston

Track and field — Lauren Alarie, soph., physical education-special education, Highland; Nina Augsten, soph., sports science, Koenigsbronn, Germany; Lynsey Collins, sr., speech, language and hearing science, Escanaba; Dunja Drobac, soph., psychology, Green Bay, Wis.; Paige Du Bois, jr., finance and risk management, Williamston; Abby Fifarek, sr., marketing, Buckley; Victoria Harris, jr., English-secondary education, Iron River; Shayla Huebner, sr., sports Science, Marquette; Michelle Juergen, sr., sports science, Gau-Odernheim, Germany; Hannah Lonergan, sr., psychology, Novi; Jenna Long, sr., environmental studies and sustainability, Suamico, Wis.; Elise Longley, soph., Spanish, Bloomington; Megan Martin, jr., public relations, Hillsdale; Katelyn Smith, jr., speech, language and hearing science, Gaylord,

ALL-ACADEMIC

Men’s golf — Owen Beyer, sr., finance and risk management, DeWitt; Chris Black, jr., management, Lisburn, Northern Ireland; Austin Elsner, sr., exercise science, New London, Wis.; Logan Haight, sr., finance and risk management, Ostego; Carter Mason, redshirt fresh., accounting, Negaunee

Women’s golf — Caro Els, jr., sports science, Swakopmund, Namibia

Lacrosse — Angelica Bogden, jr., nursing, Clarkston; Casey Heintzelman, soph., earth science, Hudsonville; Cassandra Marshall, sr., biology, Appleton, Wis.; Meg Palacio, sr., biochemistry, Cumberland, R.I.; Graison Ringlever, jr., psychology, Mattawan; Nicole Smith, soph., biology, Green Bay, Wis.

Track and field — Meagan Bauer, jr., forensic biochemistry, Anchorage, Alaska; Megan Evilsizer, soph., nursing, Clinton Township; Izabelle Peterson, soph., biology, Marquette; Kalina Pfannenstiel, sr., art and design, Traverse City

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.