PALATINE HILL -- Lewis & Clark had five different teams receive postseason academic awards in the last few weeks.
The Pioneers men's basketball team landed three individuals on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court list in addition to earning a team academic excellence award. Graduated seniors Cory Coombe and Alex Jones and rising senior Evan Davison were selected to the Honors Court, which requires a student-athlete to be an upperclassman and have a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. The team award is given to those with a team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the season. Lewis & Clark was one of two Northwest Conference teams on the list.
Track and Field
Both Pioneers track and field teams were honored as All-Academic teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced last week.
The Lewis & Clark men's team posted a 3.43 GPA, while the women's team hit 3.346 as a group. Programs must have a 3.00 cumulative team GPA to qualify. A total of 294 teams (183 women's, 111 men's) were honored for their academics by the USTFCCCA.
The Pios were honored last year as well.
Five from the men's tennis team and one from the women's team were named Scholar Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Pios men's team was also named as an All-Academic squad.
David Furman, Ryan Hayes, Kei Inoue, Will McDermott and Parker Nichols were chosen as Scholar Athletes, while Glenna Gee-Taylor earned women's honors. Last year, the Pios men had three selected. Gee-Taylor was also a recipient last year.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2015 and spring 2016). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).