GPAC champs place five on NAIA Scholar-Athlete list

By Jacob Knabel on May. 31, 2017 in Baseball

NAIA release

SEWARD, Neb. – Five representatives from the 2017 GPAC regular-season champion Concordia University baseball team have netted Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition, as announced by the NAIA on Wednesday (May 31). The group of Bulldog honorees from head coach Ryan Dupic’s squad includes seniors Jake Adams, Casey Hall and Aaron Hentges and juniors Taylor Bickel and Wyatt Weller. Adams was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 383 baseball student-athletes across the nation were named 2017 Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.

Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,284 and counting (78 total for the 2016-17 athletic year). The 2015-16 season produced a GPAC best 92 Bulldog scholar-athletes and a national best 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).

2017 Baseball Scholar-Athletes

Jake Adams, Sr. | Mason City, Iowa | Business Administration
Taylor Bickel, Jr. | Surprise, Ariz. | Psychology
Casey Hall, Sr. | Mason City, Iowa | Fitness Studies
Aaron Hentges, Sr. | Concordia, Mo. | Secondary Education
Wyatt Weller, Jr. | Bennington, Neb. | Business Administration/Criminal Justice