Area student-athletes earn NEAC honors

GANSEVOORT – The North Eastern Athletic Conference recently announced that 35 State University of New York at Cobleskill student-athletes have been selected as recipients of the league’s Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2013-14 academic year. In order to be eligible for the award, recipients most have earned a 3.40 grade-point average or higher during the academic year.

During the 2013-14 academic year, 534 student-athletes from the league’s 16 member institutions received NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors representing 32 states and 13 countries.

The SUNY Cobleskill contingent of honorees represented the most Fighting Tiger student-athletes earning NEAC Scholar-Athlete Award honors since the college joined the conference in 2008. During the 2013-14 season, the 308 student-athletes in the Fighting Tiger program posted an overall GPA of 2.75, with 112 student-athletes earning more than a 3.0 GPA for the year.

Among those honored were Johnstown graduate Amber Baker (volleyball), Canajoharie graduate Joanna Bowley (women’s soccer), Galway graduate Tegan Matthews (women’s basketball) and Pattersonville’s Erika Gogis (softball).

“Once again, we are extremely proud of what our student-athletes accomplished in the classroom last year and are committed to continuing this academic excellence during the 2014-15 academic year,” Cobleskill Director of Sport & Exercise Kevin McCarthy said in a news release. “I think these results speak volumes about the commitment that our department staff, faculty, support services and administration have made to help the student-athletes in our program become successful in their academic pursuits.”