Minnesota Crookston was represented by 12 baseball players, three men's golfers, eight softball players, and two women's tennis student-athletes.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston had 25 student-athletes named to the 2019 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Spring All-Academic Team. The Golden Eagles have had 25 or more student-athletes earn NSIC Spring All-Academic in the last four seasons. The honor was announced by the NSIC conference office Thurs., May 16.

    Minnesota Crookston was represented by 12 baseball players, three men’s golfers, eight softball players, and two women’s tennis student-athletes.

    The Golden Eagles had 12 student-athletes named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.

    The baseball team was represented by Nate Albrecht (Sr., Wahpeton, N.D.), Graeme Cherry (Jr., Millarville, Alberta), Jordan Deadwyler (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.), Griffin Fussy (So., Ham Lake, Minn.), Jayden Grover (Jr., Cooperstown, N.D.), Reed Hjelle (Sr., East Grand Forks, Minn.), Aaron Hollcraft (Sr., Crookston, Minn.), Eli Jung (So., Dickinson, N.D.), Jonathan Lund (Sr., Tolna, N.D.), Zach Rustad (Sr., Blaine, Minn.), Adam Shykes (So., Duluth, Minn.), and Ben Thoma (So., Clearbrook, Minn.). The 14 honorees is up for 10 during the 2018 season. Albrecht, Hollcraft, Lund, Thoma, and Deadwyler were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.

    The softball team placed eight on the all-academic team including; Rocky Bjorge (Sr., Prior Lake, Minn.), Mikayla Jones (Sr., Huxley, Iowa), Tavia Lawson (So., Hawley, Minn.), Maggie Morales (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.), Paige Pitlick (Jr., Jordan, Minn.), Samantha Proctor (Jr., Champlin, Minn.), Sam Rarick (Sr., East Grand Forks, Minn.), and Mika Rodriguez (Jr., Laveen, Ariz.). The eight honorees matches the team total for 2018. Jones, Lawson, Morales, and Pitlick were selected to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.

    The men’s golf team was represented by Connor Humble (So., Rosemount, Minn.), Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau, Minn.), and Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.), while the women’s tennis team had Hannah Zhao (Sr., Guangzhou, China), and Reanne Erickson (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) earn the accolade. Johnson, Koisti, and Zhao were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.

    The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference had 749 student-athletes earn NSIC All-Academic honors for the 2019 spring athletic season; 391 student-athletes were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, while 358 earned NSIC All-Academic Team honors. To be eligible for the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, a student-athlete must have a 3.60 cumulative GPA or higher, while NSIC All-Academic Team members must have a 3.20 cumulative GPA or higher.

     Additionally, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.