213 Wildcats Named to Spring Honor Roll

Alyssa Bellinder

June 7, 2011

IRVING, Texas - The Big 12 Conference released its 2011 Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll on Tuesday with a total of 213 Kansas State student-athletes making the list. The conference recognizes all student-athletes at its member institutions during each semester with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Of the 213 K-State student-athletes recognized for their academic excellence, 17 own a perfect cumulative 4.0 GPA. K-State, which currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in graduation rate for all student-athletes for a fourth straight year, has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll for seven straight semesters.

Rowing led all Wildcat athletic teams with 40 honorees on the honor roll, including three student-athletes with perfect 4.0 GPAs.  Other total student-athletes on the honor roll include football (37), equestrian (28), women's track and field (26), men's track and field (25), baseball (14), volleyball (11), women’s golf (9), men’s golf (6), men’s basketball (6), women’s basketball (6) and women’s tennis (5).

The 17 Wildcats named to the list with a perfect cumulative 4.0 GPA include: Alyssa Bellinder (women’s track & field), Nicholas Briney (football), Belle Calkin (equestrian), Courtney Cook (volleyball), Elizabeth Demars (rowing), Zachary Hanson (football), Payton Kirk (football), David Klaudt (men’s golf), Zachary Nemechek (football), Petra Niedermayerova (women’s tennis), Tyler Norris (men’s golf), Victor Ojeleye (men's basketball), Alex Potuzak (men's basketball), Jack Sachse (men’s track & field), Brandy Tholstrup (rowing), Abigail Weaver (rowing) and Riley Williams (football).

K-State had another outstanding academic year in 2010-11. Four players were named Academic All-Americans, while four others were selected to an Academic All-District VII team. In all, 102 student-athletes were named to Academic All-Big 12 first and second team squads, while 36 student-athletes earned their degrees this spring.

Also, K-State was one of just two Big 12 schools in the Big 12 and six across the nation this season to have its football team in a bowl game and both basketball and baseball teams in the NCAA Tournament.