EUNICE, La. – LSU Eunice athletics enjoyed another banner year in the classroom as 23 Bengals were named to the NJCAA All-Academic team, the organization recently announced. The 23 award winners is just one shy of the department record, set last year during the 2019-2020 academic calendar.
LSUE also saw three of its teams – softball, baseball and women’s soccer – earn NJCAA Academic Team of the Year designation, the most in athletic department history.
“As an athletic department, we want our student-athletes to compete in everything they do and this a great indicator of the competitiveness of our young men and women in the classroom,” LSU Eunice athletic director Jeff Willis said. “For us to place another 20-plus students on the All-Academic team as well as half our department earn ‘Academic Team of the Year’ recognition shows the determination of our student-athletes in the classroom.”
The baseball team led the way with nine All-Academic selections including four first-team members in Austin Andrishok, Jacob Hammond, Brady Hebert and Thomas Stevens. Softball’s Rylie Candella was the other first-team member.
Baseball also totaled a team GPA of 3.30 for another Academic Team of the Year recognition.
The NJCAA had 8,272 sutdent-athletes honored for achieving a grade point average higher than 3.60 during the 2020-21 academic year. The critieria for the three All-Academic teams are listed below:
NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA
Women’s Soccer produced a program-best five recipients headlined by second-team member Gabrielle Felix. The squad also posted a record 3.21 team GPA to receive Academic Team of the Year Honors.
Softball produced the highest team GPA on campus with a 3.31 with six of its student-athletes receiving All-Academic honors.
Both basketball teams had one member on the All-Academic with John Kenoye and Chelsey White earning a third-team designation.
Austin Andrishok Baseball
Rylie Candella Softball
Jacob Hammond Baseball
Brady Hebert Baseball
Thomas Stevens Baseball
Katelyn Courville Softball
Gabrielle Felix Women’s Soccer
Jackson Fraser Baseball
Jarrett McDonald Baseball
Jase McDonald Baseball
Kennedy Smith Softball
Samaris Alvarado Women’s Soccer
Kinsley Ashworth Softball
Dalton Burrell Baseball
Chloe Diaz Women’s Soccer
Christian Gonzalez Baseball
Olivia Hennen Softball
John Kenoye Men’s Basketball
Jasmine Liddell Women’s Soccer
Luke McGibboney Baseball
Destyn Miguez Women’s Soccer
Abbie Spring Softball
Chelsey White Women’s Basketball