Photo: CU softballer Lauren Warner gets a High-5

Sure, you know that student-athletes at Concordia University excel on the field, court, course, and track. But did you know they also excel in the classroom? For the first time in the department’s history and second year as a member of the conference, the Concordia University Department of Athletics is the 2016-17 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) academic all-sports champion. From this year’s teams, 176 Concordia University student-athletes were named to the Department of Athletics’ Honor Roll for the spring semester. To be named to the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have a grade point average (GPA) or 3.00 or better during the semester.

Making education a priority

For the department as a whole, the average spring GPA was 3.33. The cumulative GPA for the entire 2016-17 academic year was a 3.28. And for the 2016-17 Academic Year, each of Concordia’s 15 sports teams had a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Their efforts in the classroom were not unnoticed by the conference office; in July they were named the 2016-17 GNAC Academic All-Sports Champion. The Cavaliers tallied 180 points while Northwest Nazarene was second with 172. Concordia also captured the men’s academic all-sports title while the Cavaliers finished second for the women’s title.

“Being a Cavalier means not only striving for sustained excellence in competition, but dedicating oneself to rigorous study in the classroom,” said Concordia Interim Director of Athletics Lauren Eads. “I know I join the entire Concordia community in expressing how proud we are of both the athletic and academic achievements of our student-athletes.”

Two Cavalier teams – men’s cross country and softball – recorded the highest grade point averages among the GNAC teams in their sports. Concordia men’s basketball and women’s cross country teams finished second. Six of the Cavaliers’ teams finished third: baseball, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s track and field, volleyball, and women’s track and field.

Twenty Concordia student-athletes were named recipients of the sixth annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Faculty Athletic Representative’s Scholar-Athlete Award for having a 3.85 or higher grade point average. Of the 20 Cavaliers named to this list, six were repeat honorees: Tyler Charlton (baseball), Taylor Harris (men’s basketball), Katrina Linenko (women’s track and field), Rachel Siltman (women’s track and field), Briannah Smith (women’s basketball), and Latrell Wilson (men’s basketball).

In addition, 76 student-athletes also were named to their respective GNAC All-Academic Teams. Honorees for the GNAC All-Academic teams must be in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of eligibility and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. And softball player Meghan Luebbert was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American® Team.

Two of the Cavalier teams were also recognized by their respective coaches association.

Seven members of the 2017 Concordia Cavalier softball team, under the guidance of first-year head coach Shelley Whitaker, were named Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athletes. The seven Cavaliers were Mattie Boucher, Traci Crollard, Meghan Luebbert, Tori Muir, Madisen Oliver, Alicen Smith, and Courtney Somers.

The men’s basketball team, under the guidance of head coach Brad Barbarick, were named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Excellence Award recipient for having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Six Cavaliers were also named to the NABC Honors Court in Christopher Edward, Taylor Harris, Drew Martin, Bryan Michaels, Davis Nuaimi, and Latrell Wilson.

Here is the sport-by-sport roster of our most recent student-athlete honor students:

Spring Honor Roll Cavaliers


Steven Bartells, Bruin Campbell, Ryan Caylor, Tyler Charlton, Cole Crosby, Ryan Gonzales, Nash Gowin, Kyle Henderson, Conner Jackson, Ben Koerner, Thomas Martin, Isaac Mitchum, Gerhett Moser, Gabe Padukiewicz, Tucker Parker, Reid Penney, Henry Rondeau, Scott Schepige, Matthew Schweitz, Adam Taylor, Justin Taylor, Jacob Vincent, Justin Walsh, and Isaias Zerufael.


Men’s – Jace Cates, Daniel Duitsman, Christopher Edward, Jarrett Gray, Taylor Harris, Drew Martin,  randon McGurkin, Bryan Michaels, Davis Nuaimi, Tyler Wells, and Latrell Wilson

Women’s – Kayla Blood, Lexi Campbell, Bailey Cartwright, Erin Higbie, Iraide Juez, Nakiyah LeSure, Stephanie Luce, Keesha Sarman, and Briannah Smith


Men’s – Judd Lewis, Ethan Livermore, Noah Murry, Demetrius Rhodes, Jared Seckel, and Paris Speidel

Women’s – Kaitlyn Bailly, Bailey Fjelstul, Megan Fristoe, Sara Fristoe, Jessie Hansen, Gabriella Hobson, Erin McChurch, Bianca Moreno, Nicole Pederson, Dalen Richardson, Brenna Siltman, and Hali Young


Men’s – Dylan Cramer, Jarred Gomez, Tanner Huddleston, Spencer Jacobson, Blake Netter, Ryan Russell, and Jacob Wiley

Women’s – Shantel Antonio, Cammie Decker, Lynsie Furuya, Bianca Rojo, Madison Welch, and Kelsey Whiles


Men’s – Grant Alcorn, Andres Baeza-Chamonica, Benoit Bouillant, Jacob Brady, Billy Fleury, Todd

Gibbs, Jason Hines, Quai Johnson, Brendan Laun, Alec Lohr, Trent Lowe, Kieran McMinn, Shanoah Montano, Andrew Moreland, Abdiel Morfin, Matthew Paine, Brady Sanders, Kevin Stordahl, Noah Swigart, Christian Thyron, Erick Urzua, and Stefan Vincent

Women’s – Kasey Ames, Kayla Braunthal, Olivia Brock, Emma Chappell, Makenzee Cleveland-Aguirre, Taylor Cook, Ana Delgadillo, Alaina Edgerly, Gabrielle Ewing, Kristina Flanagan, Mallory Flatebo, Rebecca Harris, Martha Heaps, Karlie Hurley, Carolyn Kinzie, Madison Misi, Michaela Prote, Kyra Radcliffe, McKenna Stocker, and Sydney Van Steenberge


Men’s – Desmond Adams, Robert Bierly, Caleb Bridge, Adam Brown, Giovanni Brown, Joe Denniston, Brett Elder, Glen Felix, Andrey Gamza, Tyler Guerra-Powers, Joshua Koch, Sam Nichols, Carlos Ortiz, James Phillips, Peter Seifert, and James Wheeler

Women’s – Briana Cole, Kathyrn Curtis, Elana Hampton, Emma Hill, Saidee Jones, Katrina Linenko, Christina MacDonald, Rachel McKinnis, Rachel Siltman, Chase Stephens, McKenzie Warren, and Tasha Willing

SOFTBALL: Mattie Boucher, Traci Crollard, Madison Galuszka, Jessica Lambourn, Meghan Luebbert, Karlie Merritt, Kelsie Merritt, Tori Muir, Madisen Oliver, Tenli Petty, Megan Settje, Alicen Smith, Mckenzie Smith, Jordan Smith-Imes, Courtney Somers, and Lauren Warner

VOLLEYBALL: Colby Barnette, Britt Beyer, Mackenzie Blay, Michele Brown, Anna Dols, Karly Ernster, Tara Fishback, Brianna Hogan, Brenna Huwe, Mikala Pratt, Allie Spear, Victoria Johnson, and Jessica Wheeler.Cross-end-article-symbol