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Local Names Among Central Athletes Earning Academic All-Conference Honors

Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 5:55 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Eric Gotschall - information provided by Central College

One-upping their total from last year, the Central College fall athletic programs have landed 42 student-athletes on the Academic All-Iowa Conference Team. Among this fall’s headliners are three-time conference MVP and Women’s Golfer of the Year Sarah Paulson and Jeremy Snead, a three-time league selection as a receiver in football.

A number of local names also made the list, including golfer Kaurie Kincaid of Knoxville; football player Cory Nikkel of Pella Christian; and women’s soccer players Alex Kleis and Kelsey Schippers, and volleyball player Chelsea Grieger – all of Pella High. Grieger is also a three-time All-Conference libero who broke three school records this season.

To qualify for the Academic All-Iowa Conference Team, a student athlete must be at least a sophomore, compete at the Varsity level, and hold a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average. Central had 41 student-athletes on last year’s fall team.

Central’s Honorees:
Name – Year – Sport – Hometown/High School – Major – GPA

Brent Ewing, jr, men’s cross country, Cincinnati, Centerville HS, exercise science, 3.655

Lars Larson, jr., men’s cross country, Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge HS, art, 3.597

Jenna Broghamer, jr., women’s cross country, Iowa City, West HS, political science/communication studies, 3.506

Melanie Louis, sr., women’s cross country, Davenport, Central HS, biology, 3.75

Mel McDermott, jr., women’s cross country, Britt, West Hancock HS, exercise science, 3.933

Amanda Melcher, jr., women’s cross country, Libertyville, Fairfield HS, elementary education, 3.794

Shelby Mendoza, so., women’s cross country, Norwalk, Norwalk HS, political science/philosophy, 3.824

Kaurie Kincaid, jr., women’s golf, Knoxville, Knoxville HS, mathematics, 3.512

Sarah Paulson, sr., women’s golf, Ottumwa, Ottumwa HS, exercise science, 3.719

Garrett Fooshee, sr., men’s soccer, Derby, Kan., Derby HS, exercise science, 3.802

Erik Johnson, sr., men’s soccer, Mankato, Minn., East HS, computer science, 3.563

Leland Schipper, sr., men’s soccer, Ankeny, Ankeny HS, secondary math education/Spanish, 3.86

Nancy Huddleston, jr., women’s soccer, Muscatine, Muscatine HS, secondary math education/ Spanish, 3.763

Alex Kleis, sr., women’s soccer, Pella, Pella HS, exercise science, 3.772

Sam Quick, so., women’s soccer, Bondurant, Bondurant-Farrar HS, athletic training, 3.89

Kelsey Schippers, so., women’s soccer, Pella, Pella HS, undecided, 3.675

Nicole Curran, so., women’s tennis, Cedar Falls, Northern University HS, biology, 3.594

Kayla Donner, sr., women’s tennis, Metamora, Ill., Metamora Township HS, math/Spanish/secondary education, 3.667

Chelsea Johnson, jr., women’s tennis, Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon HS, exercise science – health promotion, 3.775

Emily Swartz, sr., women’s tennis, Eldora, South Hardin HS, math/music, 3.86

Riley Taylor, sr., women’s tennis, Tama, South Tama HS, psychology, 3.681

Chelsea Grieger, sr., volleyball, Pella, Pella HS, English, 3.591

Emily Huegel, jr., volleyball, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS, elementary education, 3.784

Caitlin Kouba, sr., volleyball, Dubuque, Wahlert HS, accounting/Spanish, 3.901

Kiley Meyers, sr., volleyball, Grundy Center, Grundy Center HS, business management, 3.687

Keeley Orvis, so., volleyball, Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls HS, biology, 3.55

Sam Retz, jr., volleyball, Atkins, Benton HS, biochemistry, 3.556

Garrett Albers, sr., football, Keystone, Benton HS, social science, 3.547

Holden Blythe, sr., football, Williamsburg, Williamsburg HS, elementary education, 3.651

Ryan Dahm, so., football, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS, accounting, 3.504

Ross Doehrmann, jr., football, Williamsburg, Williamsburg HS, biology, 3.821

Jack Flaherty, jr., football, Burlington, Burlington HS, athletic training, 3.785

JJ Kotz, so., football, Indianola, Indianola HS, elementary education, 3.51

Cory Nikkel, sr., football, Pella, Pella Christian HS, English/secondary education, 3.777

Jake Petersen, sr., football, Gladbrook, Gladbrook-Reinbeck HS, accounting, 3.525

Nate Rouse, jr., football, Ankeny, Ankeny HS, history/Spanish, 3.662

Colton Smith, sr., football, Kearney, Mo., Kearney HS, athletic training, 3.831

Jeremy Snead, sr., football, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS, biology, 3.595

Joey Toale, sr., football, Spencer, Spencer HS, chemistry, 3.743

Andrew Weaks, jr., football, Fulton, Ill., Fulton HS, actuarial science/accounting, 3.663

Brett Wilkin, sr., football, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS, exercise science, 3.743

Nolan Blythe, so., football, Orange City, MOC-Floyd Valley HS, biochemistry, 3.967