AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced the PBC Softball All-Academic Team Tuesday, with a league-best eight members of the Georgia College Softball squad (30-18, 16-8 PBC) bringing in honors.
Seniors Cassidy Rice (DuQuoin, Illinois) and Faith Flanders (Dublin), juniors Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill), Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill), Baylee Hall (Hephzibah), and Jessica Hayles (Gordon), and sophomores Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs) and Caroline Snider (Tennille) make up the Bobcat All-Academic members.
Hannah Coursey owns the team's top GPA with a 4.0 in accounting with a finance minor. She is the lone 4.0 on the league's 61-member team. Holland Coursey owns a 3.96 in accounting with a Spanish minor. Flanders has a 3.62 in exercise science, while Hall boasts a 3.69 in nursing. Hayles is an athletic training major with a 3.30 GPA, and Rice has a 3.56 in exercise science. Snider owns a 3.62 in mass communication, while Taylor has a 3.80 in management.
Flanders is a three-time PBC All-Academic Team selection. Hannah Coursey, Holland Coursey and Hall each make their second appearance on the team. Taylor, Hayles, Rice and Snider all are honored for the first time.
Players must fulfill three qualifications to gain a spot on the All-Academic Team. An athlete must play in at least half of the team games and be either a starter or significant contributor to his team's success level. He must also have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and have completed at least a year of schooling at his institution with sophomore athletic eligibility.
The No. 5-seed Bobcats are set to host the 2017 PBC Softball Tournament this weekend, April 21-22. GC Softball plays a quarterfinal round matchup with No. 4-seed Young Harris College Friday, April 21 at 4 p.m.
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