UAF Student-Athletes recognized for their efforts in the classroom

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 7:15 PM AKDT
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While the University of Alaska Fairbanks and their respective conferences hash out details regarding their athletic seasons, many Nanook student-athletes have been recognized on an academic level over the past few weeks.

GNAC FAR Scholar-Athletes

On July 13, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference named 19 UAF athletes as GNAC Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) Scholar-Athletes. The award is “presented annually to the most outstanding student-athletes at each GNAC institution and honors those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 or better,” according to the GNAC press release.

A record 322 student-athletes were named GNAC FAR Scholar-Athletes in 2019-20, trouncing last year’s record of 248.

Male Student-Athletes

**Josiah Alverts (Cross country/skiing, Mechanical Engineering, Junior, 3.93, Palmer, Alaska)*

*Morgan Erickson (Rifle, Justice, Sophomore, 3.90, Powell, Wyo.) *

*Zephan Ozturgut (Cross country/skiing, Biological Sciences, Sophomore, 3.90, Anchorage, Alaska)

Noah Palmer (Cross country, General Studies, Freshman, 4.00, Fairbanks, Alaska)

Alex Sommerfield (Men’s basketball, Digital Journalism, Junior, 4.00, Federal Way, Wash.)

Filip Fornaa Svensson (Hockey, Business Administration, Freshman, 3.97, Linkoping, Sweden)

Female Student-Athletes

*Alex Bergholtz (Cross country, Education, Redshirt-Senior, 4.00, Kenai, Alaska)

Hannah Dueling (Cross country/skiing, Biological Sciences, Junior, 3.86, Whitehorse, Yuk.)

Colleen File (Volleyball, Biological Sciences and Psychology, Freshman, 4.00, Woodinville, Wash.)

Grace Miller (Skiing, Biological Sciences, Sophomore, 3.87, Palmer, Alaska)

Eden Murchison (Volleyball, Psychology, Freshman, 4.00, Thomaston, Georgia)*

*Catherine Reed-Metayer (Cross country/skiing, Psychology, Sophomore, 3.98, St. Ferreol Les Neiges, Que.)

Brittany Richards (Women’s basketball, Business Administration, Junior, 3.85, Dunedin, New Zealand)**

**Sage Robine (Cross country/skiing, Biological Sciences, Junior, 4.00, Rossland, B.C.)

Sophie Schilling (Volleyball, Psychology, Freshman, 4.00, Berlin, Germany)***

***Kylie Wallace (Women’s basketball, Social Work, Senior, 3.96, Petersburg, Alaska)**

**Lahra Weber (Volleyball, Chemistry, Junior, 3.93, Berlin, Germany)**

**Cate Whiting (Volleyball, Civil Engineering, Junior, 3.91, Rapid City, S.D.)

Cassidy Wilson (Rifle, Psychology, Freshman, 3.97, Deer Park, Wash.)

*Two-time FAR award recipient | **Three-time FAR award recipient | ***Four-time FAR award recipient

NABC Academic Honor

Two players from the 2019-20 UAF Men’s Basketball team were members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, which goes to those who are “academically a junior, senior or a varsity player, a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year, must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution, and must be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach,” said UAF in a press release.

Zach Hatch appeared in 50 career games for the Nanooks and graduated this past spring with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Alex Sommerfield, a junior transfer, was named a GNAC FAR Scholar-Athlete after maintaining a cumulative 4.0 Grade Point Average while majoring in digital journalism.

“It’s a well deserved award for both Zach and Alex,” said head men’s basketball coach Greg Sparling in a UAF press release. “They both excelled in the classroom and were rewarded with this recognition from the NABC. I would like to congratulate Zach on his graduation from UAF and we are looking forward to having Alex back for his senior season. We know he will do great things in the classroom and on the court.”

USCM/AVCA Team Academic Award

The Nanook Volleyball program was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as they were named among the AVCA’s 2019-20 United States Marine Corps/AVCA Team Academic Awards.

To qualify, teams must maintain a year-long 3.30 GPA or greater and the Nanooks made the cut comfortably with a 3.59 team GPA. UAF Volleyball ranked third in GPA among GNAC volleyball teams, earning a GNAC Academic All-Sport Award.

As for the men’s cross country program, they had the best team GPA in the conference, boasting a 3.51 Grade Point Average.

ACHA All-American Scholar

Max Newton, an incoming senior from Vancouver, British Columbia, as named a NCAA Division I Krampade All-American Scholar by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Monday for the third straight year.

To qualify, a student-athlete must post a 3.75 GPA for the fall semester and participate in at least 40 percent of their school’s contests. Newton was second on the Nanooks in scoring with 27 points, appearing in all 36 games.

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