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From L-R: Denise Beliveau, Alex Hall, Luke Apfeld, Michelle Kurowski.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Basketball Standouts Garner National Academic Honors

Release: 04/05/2012
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--A quartet of America East basketball players added national academic awards to their resume over the past week, including three named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (ADA) Scholar-Athlete Teams. Additionally, UMBC's Michelle Kurowski and University of New Hampshire's Denise Beliveau each secured Lowe's Senior CLASS Second-Team recognition, finishing among the top 10 of all Division I women's basketball seniors, making America East one of just two conferences, along with the Pac 12, to have two players on the national teams.

University of Vermont sophomore Luke Apfeld is one of 11 members of the Men's ADA Scholar-Athlete Team, while Kurowski, a senior, and University of Hartford junior Alex Hall each earned a spot on the 11-member Women's Scholar-Athlete Team.

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.

Apfeld, an America East All-Academic Team selection, is an English/Sociology major with a 3.82 GPA and had the third-highest GPA among the male honorees. He finished the 2011-12 season with 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and helped the Catamounts claim the America East Men's Basketball Championship and defeat Lamar in an NCAA First Round game.

Kurowski received the Division I-AAA award for the second straight year in addition to Capital One Academic All-District First Team and America East All-Academic Team selections. She earned the America East Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in three years last May, maintaining a 3.84 GPA, and has earned a 4.0 in her first semester of graduate school. Kurowski earned second-team All-Conference honors last month and finished her career second all-time in scoring at UMBC.

Hall, a Management and Economics and Finance major, sports a 3.95 GPA, the second-highest mark on the scholar-athlete team. She earned America East All-Academic Team status this season and was one of two captains for the Hawks who reached the postseason for the eighth straight year. Hall averaged 6.6 points per game and led Hartford in three-point shooting percentage (.329).

Beliveau, along with Kurowski, was tabbed as a top-10 Senior CLASS Award Finalist in February after being among the 30 nominees named earlier in the season. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Beliveau holds a 3.51 GPA in graduate school after receiving her undergraduate degree in 2010. She is a two-time America East All-Academic Team pick and earned America East First-Team All-Conference and All-Defensive recognition this season. Beliveau notched a league-best 10 double-doubles this season and closed out the regular season ranked in the top-10 in nine statistical categories.


Men's Scholar-Athlete Team  

Name

Institution

GPA

Major

Luke Patrick Apfeld

Vermont

3.82

English/Sociology

Ben Averkamp

Loyola Chicago

3.77

Biology

Travis Bader

Oakland

3.32

Communications

Taylor Darby

Pepperdine

3.37

Integrated Marketing

Matthew Dickey

North Carolina Asheville

3.30

Health & Wellness

Walt Gibler

Loyola Chicago

3.73

Psychology

Chase Hallam

Denver

3.88

Accounting

Mick Hedgepeth

Belmont

3.70

Accounting

Tony Meier

Wisconsin Milwaukee

3.65

Business

Scott Saunders

Belmont

3.84

Finance/Marketing

Adam Sollazzo

East Tennessee State

3.72

Business Marketing

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Adam Sollazzo, East Tennessee State
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient:  Mick Hedgepeth, Belmont
 

Women's Scholar-Athlete Team  

Name

Institution

GPA

Major

Maggie Blair

Manhattan

4.00

Finance/Management

Tara Booker

George Washington

3.38

Sociology & Organizational Science

Courtney Chihil

Florida Gulf Coast

3.86

Nursing

Lily Grenci

Siena

3.83

Sociology

Alexandra Hall

Hartford

3.95

Management/Economics & Finance

Dayon Hall-Jones

Missouri Kansas City

3.41

Psychology

Sarah Hansen

Florida Gulf Coast

3.95

Chemistry

Michelle Kurowski

UMBC

4.00

Teaching/Early Childhood Education

Kevi Luper

Oral Roberts

3.49

Business Administration

Anna Martin

DePaul

3.56

Commerce: Intended Management

Julie Wojta

Wisconsin Green Bay

3.58

Business Administration & Accounting

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient: Tara Booker, George Washington


Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, F, Stanford

Lowe's Senior CLASS First Team
Amanda Johnson, F, Oregon
Emile Johnson, G, UC Santa Barbara
Natalie Novosel, G, Notre Dame
Justine Raterman, F, Dayton

Lowe's Senior CLASS Second Team
Denise Beliveau, F, New Hampshire
Brittany Carter, G, Memphis
Lauren Edwards, G, Princeton
Michelle Kurowski, G, UMBC
Brittany Rayburn, G, Purdue

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