Thursday, May 30, 2013
The 2012-13 academic year was a record setting campaign in the classroom for UWG student-athletes. Those record numbers increased Tuesday as three UWG performers to named to the 2013 GSC Spring All-Academic Team.
Selected for the honor were baseball standout Blake McLemore, softball stalwart Megan Garcia, and golf mainstay Kevin Clarke. The team was chosen in a joint vote of Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives from each league university.
Each student-athlete was nominated for the team based a combination of athletic achievement, classroom success, and other factors, such as leadership, community service and extra curricular activities. Academically, he-or-she must have maintained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 for their collegiate career. Freshman and first semester transfers were not eligible for nomination.
McLemore was the top offensive performer for UWG’s 2013 baseball team. The senior infielder—he started games at each of the four infield positions during the season—won the Wolves’ team batting title with an average of .331. In the classroom, the senior from Fortson earned his degree in Management and posted a GPA of 3.89.
Garcia was a four-year starter for UWG’s softball team. The senior from Woodstock this season batted .258 as the Wolves’ primary center fielder. She also boasted a 3.63 GPA while majoring in Political Science.
Clarke, a sophomore from Midlothian, Va., is a Sport Management major with a 3.35 GPA. On the course, he was a consistent contributor for the Wolves, capping his season in the GSC Championships by earning a berth on the all-tournament team.
The selections of McLemore, Garcia and Clarke capped a record year of classroom achievement West Georgia. A total of 14 UWG student-athletes—the most ever—earned spots on GSC All-Academic Teams throughout the school year.
Beyond the trio of all-academic honorees, UWG also had 27 student-athletes earn spots on the GSC Academic Honor Roll. This raises the season total of West Georgia players earning this honor to 94, an increase of 11 from last year’s record total of 83 honor roll performers.