Bulletin Staff Report
Howard Payneís Blake Shaffer, Jenna Middleton, Lane Wakefield, Susanna Maxvill and Nate Alger were selected to the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete team in their respective American Southwest Conference spring sport, the ASC office announced Tuesday.
Overall, 68 student-athletes from ASC baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track and field teams were named to the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team.
The honor, in its first academic year, recognizes student-athletes that achieve a higher level of academic achievement (a 3.2 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team.
From that list ó limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport ó the sports information directors from the conferenceís 15 member institutions vote on a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete from each sport.
All honorees were named to the spring 2008 ASC academic all-conference team.
Shaffer, a junior Exercise and Sport Science for Brownwood, was selected in baseball.
After transferring to Howard Payne from Cisco Junior College, Shaffer was named honorable mention all-conference at first base in 2007.
Playing in 35 games in the 2008 season, Shaffer was second on the team with a .360 batting average.
Middleton, a junior political science major from Katy, received the honor in softball.
Middleton has excelled both on the field and in HPUís prestigious Douglas McArthur Academy of Freedom Honors Program. In 2008, Middleton was named second team All-West Division pitcher as well as being a part of the HPU Deanís and Presidentís Lists.
Wakefield, a sophomore business major from Waco, and Maxvill, a senior psychology major from Richardson, earned spots on the rack and field team.
Wakefield also was a member of the Howard Payne football team were he was named academic all-conference. Wakefield has been on the HPU Deanís List and actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student government and the student activities council. Wakefield was the Yellow Jacket award winner for menís track and field in 2008.
Maxvill transferred to Howard Payne from Texas Womenís University when HPU started its soccer program. Maxvill not only played soccer, but participated in womenís track for two seasons and womenís tennis for one. She has maintained a 3.77 GPA while being involved in the student-athlete advisory council and volunteering time in the community in many different areas.
Alger, a junior finance major from West Bridgewater, Mass, was one of the tennis honor recipients.
Alger has been a member of the student-athlete advisory committee, Phi Kappa Chi, Beta Phi and the student activities council. In 2008, Alger was named honorable mention All-West Division in tennis. He was also twice named academic all-conference.