March 27, 2013

Bobcat Student-Athletes Continue Tradition of Strong Grades

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With a whopping seven sports teams posting better than a 3.0 GPA for the semester, Georgia College student-athletes combined for a 3.06 grade point average during the recently-completed fall semester.

“Our success in the classroom can be attributed to students who strive for success as they are led by outstanding faculty and staff who provide a nurturing environment in and out of the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. “Academic success begins early in the recruiting process and continues through graduation as our coaches seek those who have shown a propensity for success in the classroom.” 

Among the 91 Bobcat student-athletes that posted 3.0 GPAs or better in the fall, 15 garnered perfect 4.0 scores.

The women's tennis team, currently owning a streak of 18 straight seasons qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, posted the highest GPA at 3.43 and the men's cross country team was close behind at 3.35.

Individually, sophomore Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) of the women’s basketball team earned Capital One Academic All-America honors this season. Keys joined soccer’s Lindsey Knott (Macon, Ga.) and cross country’s Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.) on their respective PBC All-Academic Teams as well.

Joining Keys and Knott with 4.0 GPAs in the fall were: baseball’s John Welborn (Locust Grove, Ga.), cross country’s Rachel Pasko (Jefferson, Ga.), Catie Tinker (Dallas, Ga.) and James Ryden (Atlanta), soccer’s Anna Barrow (St. Simons, Ga.), Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Lizzie Brenner (Cumming, Ga.), basketball’s Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.), Kate Palo (Covington, Ga.), Kayla Upchurch (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Sarah Miller (Milledgeville, Ga.), softball’s Natalie Lampert (Marietta, Ga.), Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Mikayla Sparks (Macon, Ga.) and tennis' Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.).

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sport # on Roster Fall GPA
Baseball 35 2.84
Women's Basketball 17 3.03
Men's Basketball 20 2.66
Women's Cross Country 13 3.33
Men's Cross Country 8 3.35
Golf 9 2.74
Soccer 23 3.28
Softball 20 3.24
Women's Tennis 7 3.43
Men's Tennis 7 3.05
Totals 159 3.06