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May 29, 2014

Four Blazers named GSC All-Academic

In addition to excelling on the field, three Valdosta State softball players excelled in the classroom as well, being named All-Academic by the Gulf South Conference on Tuesday.

In helping lead the Blazers to their sixth straight conference championship as well as a third straight trip to the NCAA Division II national championship tournament, Courtney Albritton, Brianna Hancock and Fran Johnson all dominated off the field as well. VSU tennis standout Michelle Fischer also was named All-Academic in a vote of the league’s sports information directors and faculty athletic representatives.

To be eligible for the All-Academic teams, a student-athlete has to have at least a 3.20 grade point average, have completed one year at the institution and played a significant role in the team's play during the spring semester.

That was little trouble for the three Blazer softball starts. Albritton, the three-time GSC Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, was a unanimous choice to the All-Academic team with a 4.0 grade point average in middle grades education.

Hancock, a senior pitcher that was a first-team all-conference selection, also was named All-Academic with a 3.72 GPA as an accounting major.

And Johnson, a junior that was named to the all-tournament team alongside Albritton and Hancock at the national championship, also registered a 4.0 gpa as a biology major.

All three softball players were also academic all-conference choices in 2013.

Fischer, a first-team all-conference tennis player, earned All-Academic accolades for the second straight year with a 3.90 GPA as a psychology major. Fischer was also a unanimous choice.

The GSC also announced that 37 other Blazers were named to the spring honor roll for owning a 3.00 GPA or higher. Earning that honor from the VSU baseball team were Clint Carr, Jimmy Dowdell, Matt Fitzsimmons, Michael Gouge, Casey Kicklighter, Mitch King, matt Moses, Dominique Smedley and Cameron Tewksbury. John Fordham, Mitch Lomis and Michael Nutter made it from the golf team.

Joining Albritton, Hancock and Johnson from the national runner-up softball team were Brandi Blount, Brittany Britt, Morgan Butler, Caitlyn Calhoun, Maci Fletcher, Kelly Gordon, Halie Imler, Karson King, Brittany Smith, Samantha Smith and Hannah Strickland. Juliana Boehm, Joanna Lario, Jennifer Rink, Sabrina Schmidt, Jessica Tuggle and Laure Ubeda all joined Fischer from the women’s tennis team, while the men’s tennis team were represented by Tammo Haake, Andrew Harvin, Gereon Heitmann, Niklas Herbring, Sebastian Jasyk, Mario Navarro Bayo, Joachim Schemm and Francisco Yim Kim.

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