Seven from Football named HCAC All-Academic
Bluffton places 23 Fall athletes on Academic All-HCAC
December 4, 2013
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recently announced the fall honorees of the HCAC All-Academic awards for the 2013-14 school year. Twenty three Bluffton University athletes were recognized for their efforts in the classroom. Football led the way for the Beavers with seven honorees. Women's soccer and men's soccer both checked in with six honorees.
Seniors Shawn Frost (Edison/Mt. Gilead), a First Team All-HCAC honoree at wide receiver, and junior Jacob Huber (Findlay/Van Buren) both earned their second straight HCAC All-Academic awards. Junior Joey Simpson (New Paris/National Trail) was joined by four sophomores who were honored in their first year of eligibility. Derrick Bowman (Lima/Bath), Aron Gibson (Caledonia/River Valley), Troy Lind (Delta/Wauseon) and Austin Siefker (Lima/Bath) made it seven student-athletes from football, the most ever honored from a Bluffton University football team.
Seniors Maggie Armstrong (Vevay, Ind./Switzerland Cty.), Liz Webb (Ashland), Katie Steenrod (Sidney) and Megan Moreo (Spencerville/Delphos Jefferson) are all three-time honorees from the women's soccer team, earning Academic All-HCAC for each year that they were eligible. Sophomores Virginia Keim (Dundee/Hiland) and Hannah Krull (Lewisburg/Tri-County North) picked up their first HCAC All-Academic award following the 2013 campaign.
Junior Caleb Berlon (Kettering/Fairmont) secured his second consecutive HCAC All-Academic honor. Senior Dylan Mathews (Arlington), junior Isaac Banks (Mansfield/Lexington) and sophomores Chris Wagler (Leipsic/Pandora-Gilboa), Ryan Johnson-Evers (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) and Jake Headings (Cincinnati/McNicholas) gave the men's soccer team six honorees, matching the women and giving Bluffton 12 total from soccer.
Seniors Lindsay Krohn (Marysville, Ind./New Washington) and Hailey Phillips (Malinta/Patrick Henry) were joined by junior Emily Broughton (Lewisburg/Tri-County North) and Jenny Brown (St. Marys/Memorial) in being honored by the conference. It marked the third straight year that Krohn has earned Academic All-HCAC recognition.
To be named All-Academic HCAC, a student-athlete must have completed a full year at the institution, be a varsity athlete and carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 through the semester preceding the end of the season.
Bluffton University is a liberal arts residential campus with 39 undergraduate programs, adult degree completion programs in organizational management and human resource management and master's degree programs in education, organizational management and business administration. Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton is located in northwest Ohio. The institution has a growing enrollment of more than 1,100 students and 16 NCAA Division III athletics teams. Bluffton's hundred-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service that are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocation.