With the end of a semester comes awards and achievements in the athletic world, but one set of these accomplishments seems to go under the radar.
Those who participate in sports while in college are known as student-athletes, with the “student” aspect of that title coming first and foremost. Mixed in with athletic achievements, academic performance can and does take a back seat.
Let’s be honest – when you think of Anna Shields, Xavier Stephens, Ashley Taylor, etc., you never take into account what their major is or what they want to do following graduation until they are honored at their prospective senior day.
What most people don’t know is that these athletes are not only stars on the court or the field or the track, but are also standouts in the classroom.
Since we, at the sports desk of The Globe, typically do not recognize such achievements on a regular basis, want to take the time now to recognize the record 45 athletes inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College-Athlete Honors Society Point Park Rho Chapter.
From Competitive Cheer and/or Dance: Alison Auman, Laura D’Alessandris, Alexis Diaz-Albertini, Riley Frank, Kim Keagy and Emily Kirsch.
From Men’s Golf: Gage Basiletti and Nick Finoli.
From Baseball and Softball: Delaney Baumis, Shannon Davis, Tiffany Edwards, Ashley Iagnemma, Erik Montero, Paula Ambrose, Courtney Blocher, Chandler Krelow and Edward Pfluger.
From Men’s and Women’s Soccer: Andre Bennett, Ryan Daniels, Ricardo Dip, Maximilian Grunis, Abby Magliocca, Asia Pennock-Franke, Chloe Bowser, Doreen Clark, Rebecca Cohen, Jess Kavelish, Wessel Rietveld, Yuki Takeda and Morgan Willis.
From Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field: Bradley Calleja, Bryan Partika, Kara Rohlf, Anna Shields, Andre Lowery, Carlos Polanco and Jared Ross.
From Women’s Basketball: Baylie Mook, Kaitlyn Smith and Marie Skrepenak.
Finally, from Volleyball: Jordan Dixon, Morgan Dangelo, Destiny Tucker and Haley English.
One athlete whose recognitions extended beyond Chi Alpha Sigma is Men’s Soccer team captain and education major Marc Bentley.
In addition to the induction into Chi Alpha Sigma, Bentley was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America NAIA Men’s Soccer First Team.
In all of the NAIA, only 11 student-athletes are named to the first team, as well as 11 to the second team. Bentley now holds one of only four positions as a defender on the academic “team.”
Bentley, along with all of the student-athletes recognized with Chi Alpha Sigma honors are the pillar of athletics at Point Park University.
Congratulations to all of the talented student-athletes who have been and continue to balance their academic and athletic performance, and excel in both aspects.