June 18th, 2012

Knights Earn GLVC Scholar-Athlete Award

Staff Report

Knights Earn GLVC Scholar-Athlete Award
from bellarmine.edu

Hobbs, Sandlin honored for class work and sports achievements

from bellarmine.edu / from glvcsports.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Ten student-athletes representing eight Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) institutions have been named as 2011-12 GLVC Winter & Spring Scholar Athletes of the Year, it was announced by the conference office on Friday.  The recipients--including Bellarmine's Braydon Hobbs and Robert Sandlin, Jr.-- were honored for their efforts both in the classroom and competition in the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, baseball and softball.

Bellarmine University and the University of Indianapolis both registered multiple winners as the Knights were led by Braydon Hobbs (men's basketball) and Robert Sandlin, Jr. (men's track and field), while the Greyhounds were paced by Aaron Monson (men's golf) and Jennifer DeMotte (softball).  Additional honorees included Drury University's Katrina Choate (women's golf), Kentucky Wesleyan College's Jordan White (baseball), Lewis University's Zsofia Lanstiak (women's tennis), Missouri S&T's Julie Meyer (women's basketball), Rockhurst University's John Lazenby (men's tennis), and University of Wisconsin's Hope Christie (women's track and field).      

The league selects one student-athlete in each conference sport to be designated the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year. The award is based upon athletic accomplishments, both team and individual, and academic performance in the season upon which the award is based. Each conference member has the opportunity to nominate one individual from its team for the award. Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average which meets Academic All-America standards (3.30), and freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award. The voting is completed by each member institution's Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR).

Men's Basketball:  Hobbs finished his career at Bellarmine having earned several accolades on the court and in the classroom.  The 2012 National and GLVC Player of the Year also received the conference's coveted Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award as the league's Male Athlete of the Year.  A criminal justice studies major that earned a 3.67 GPA last semester and ended his career with a 3.53, Hobbs was named this spring as a Capital One Academic All-American and the recipient of the Bellarmine Faculty Merit Award.  Hobbs averaged 12.2 points, 5.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game while leading the Knights to their second straight NCAA National Semifinal appearance and a 29-4 record overall, which included a 16-2 mark and a GLVC East Division title.

Men's Track and Field:  Sandlin, Jr., was another sophomore to claim Scholar Athlete of the Year honors this season, having turned in a perfect 4.0 GPA to improve his cumulative total to 3.92.  The exercise science major earned a spot on both the Dean's List and President's List, and took home All-GLVC honors on the track.  He was a first-team honoree in the indoor season and a second-team outdoor selection.  Sandlin set a school record with a time of 3:49.44 in 1,500 meters this past year and was a member of the Knight's distance medley relay squad that set a new conference record at the GLVC Championship.


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