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Wilmington University Places 17 Student-Athletes on 2011 Fall All-Academic Team

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - New Haven, Conn.

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Seventeen student-athletes from four different Wilmington University athletic programs were honored for their work on the playing field and in the classroom as the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference announced its 2011 Fall All-Academic Team, released by the conference office Tuesday.

Wildcats’ volleyball was the best represented, honoring seven individuals from the team to the All-Academic Team. Women’s soccer had five players on the list while four women and one men’s cross country runner were also named on the team.

Volleyball finished 20-10 for the 2011 season, reaching the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive year. The third seeded Wildcats were bounced from the CACC Tournament with a 3-1 loss to top seeded Holy Family in the semifinals. Ann Marie Scarfo, Brittany Biddle, Kaitlin Shorter, Nicole Wiechecki, Paige Norvell, Shannon Rumple and Sheri Hunley were all named to the All-Academic Team for this past season. Hunley, a senior Interactive Multimedia Design major, is a three-time honoree, while Norvell, a senior Behavioral Science major, is a two-time honoree.

Women’s soccer finished 5-12-1 overall and 3-8-1 in the CACC this past fall. Amanda Walter, Brooke Eveler, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Liz Case and Rachel Burley were all honored on the All-Academic Team as student-athletes. It was the second straight season being named to the All-Academic team for Walter, a junior Criminal Justice major, Eveler, a junior Studio Production & Digital Film major, and Case, a junior Behavioral Science major.

As a team, the women’s cross country squad placed second out of 13 schools at the CACC Championships at the Belmont Plateau. Sophomore Whitney Hora finished second overall at the Championship followed by teammates Althea Davidson (fifth) and Danielle Riley (seventh), each earning All-Conference honors. They went on to place 11th out of 26 teams at the NCAA Division II East Regional Meet. Hora, Riley, Sarabeth Opperman, and Stacey Hamilton were also honored on the All-Academic squad. Hamilton, a senior Accounting major, has been mentioned on the team for a third straight season while it is Riley’s, a senior Sports Management major, second showing.

The men’s cross country team placed third out of 11 squads at the CACC Championships, only four points out of second place. Junior Bill Steele paced the Wildcats with a second place showing. They went on to place 17th out of 25 teams at Regionals. James Pascoe was named to the All-Academic Team for his effort in the classroom as well. It is the first time earning such an award for the sophomore Middle Level Education major.

In order to be named to the CACC All-Academic team, recipients must have participated in a CACC Championship sport in the fall. They must be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, have been a student-athlete at their current school for at least two semesters, and achieve a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.50 or higher through the fall semester.

A total of 188 student-athletes from the 14 conference schools have earned a place on the list, 36 more than those recognized in the fall of 2010.