DII CCA Names the 2013-14 Scholar Athletes of the Year|
2013-14 NATIONAL WINNERS NAMED FOR DIVISION II SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS
Lauren Battista of Bentley University (Northeast-10 Conference) and Trevor Adams of Northwest Missouri State University (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) have been named the Division II Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (DII CCA).
Earlier this month, 16 regional scholar-athlete award winners were selected by the DII CCA. Battista and Adams were named from this field of eight women’s regional winners and eight men’s regional winners.
“We are excited to announce Lauren and Trevor as Division II Scholar-Athletes of the Year,” said Steve Murray, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and president of the DII CCA. “These two student-athletes are shining examples of the balance that is a hallmark of Division II, and are truly deserving of this honor.”
Battista led Bentley Women’s Basketball in an undefeated National Championship season. She was named the Honda Division II Woman of the Year, the National WBCA Player of the Year and the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year. At Bentley, Battista is the all-time leading scorer in school history and ranks in the top 10 in 15 categories. In her career, Battista averaged 15.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She excelled in the classroom as well, graduating with a degree in marketing and a perfect 4.0 GPA in major, and as a 3-time Academic All-American.
As team captain, Adams led Northwest Missouri State University’s football team to an undefeated National Championship season. As a quarterback, Adams completed 72% of his pass attempts, making him the most accurate quarterback in any division. In addition to his accuracy, he threw for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdown passes. Adams was named an NCAA Elite 89 award winner as well as the MIAA Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Academically, Adams received the Ken B. Jones award as the MIAA’s top Male Scholar Athlete and was a finalist for the National Football Foundation Academic Heisman trophy. Adams was on the Northwest Missouri State President’s and Academic Honor Roll for 9 semesters.
Joining Battista as the Women’s Regional Winners were:
Kasey Barnett – Chico State University – Track & Field – Recreation Administration (3.956)
Kristen Hixson – Grand Valley State University – Track & Field – Finance (3.97)
Danielle Williams – Johnson C. Smith University – Track & Field – Business Management (3.88)
Kristen Celsor – Harding University – Basketball/Track & Field – Communication Sciences and Disorders (3.91)
Ellen Chambers – Lynn University – Golf – International Relations (4.0)
Laura Iwuchukwu –West Texas A&M – Volleyball – Elementary Education (3.945)
Ashley Sarmiento – Tusculum College – Volleyball – Mathematics and Math Education (3.92)
Men’s Regional Winners in addition to Adams were:
Andisheh Bagheri – University of California, San Diego – Soccer – Biology (4.0)
Nick Thimesch – Drury – Baseball – Biology and Chemistry (3.71)
Dan Altavilla – Mercyhurst – Baseball – Sports Medicine/Pre- Physical Therapy (3.70)
Robbie Swan – Florida Southern College – Swimming – Business (3.855)
Dominykas Milka – The College of Saint Rose – Basketball – Accounting (3.65)
Dustin Vaughan – West Texas A&M – Football – Biology/Pre-Med (3.869)
Robbie Nallenweg – Wingate University – Football – Biology (3.812)