SAGU receives Champions of Character Five Star Award

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a recipient of The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five Star Award for the 2010-11 school year.

SAGU received the award based on a demonstrated commitment to character and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. The Lions also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages.

“We are pleased to be recognized as a Champions of Character Institution,” said Jesse Godding, SAGU’s Athletic Director. “This award means that our athletes and coaches are carrying out the mission of not only the institution but the athletic governing body it associates with in the NAIA.”

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Women’s Basketball ranked #5

The SAGU women’s basketball team is ranked #5 in the Central Region according to this week’s Burbridge Rating System. The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced the ranking on Monday. 

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Men’s Soccer Honors

Junior forward Danny Martinez was named 2nd Team All-American by the NCCAA at the conclusion of the 2011 season. It was the highest honor a SAGU soccer player has ever received from the NCCAA. He also was named 2nd Team All-Conference.

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Volleyball Honors

SAGU Senior Tina Brown was named an Academic All-American by the NCCAA. During her four year career, she has had 302 kills, 158 service aces, 87 blocks and 1390 digs, an average of 347 per year. She had 40 aces per season.

NCCAA named Krystal Cisneros an All-American on the Second Team. She had a career-best 329 kills as a senior. She hit .262 this fall to finish #7 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).

Laura Espinoza made a school record for the most digs achieved in a season with 687. Ranked #23 in the NAIA, her record was more than anyone in the RRAC

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Eight players were honored by the RRAC and three were recognized by the NCCAA’s Central Region.

Senior Krystal Cisneros made the RRAC All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row. Taylor Calverley, Kassy Cox and Jessica Sodich made Second Team. Additionally, Tina Brown and Alissa Kirk were NAIA’s Champions of Character.

Cisneros and Calverley made the NCCAA’s All-Central Region’s First Team, and Sodich made the Second Team.

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Football Honors

The NAIA named SAGU linebacker Nate Kallal named to the Academic All-American team. He was one of two players from the Central States Football Conference. Kallal averaged 3.0 tackles per game, totaling 30 in ten games, 17 more than his sophomore year.

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During the season, Central States Football League announced its 2011 All-Conference honors had 16 SAGU players named on the First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention list.

Senior wide receiver David Howard and insider linebacker Richard Donte Embry made All-CSFL First Team. Jason Rice, Paul Sielski, Jonathan Hulett, Brad Heathcock, James Gish, and Stephen Stewart made Second Team. Sophomore QB Reid Golson, Malcolm Whitfield, Jacob Anderson, Mitchell Grimes, Therian Lewis, Quentin Holloman, Patrick Smith, and Rockie Davis made Honorable Mention.

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Additionally, ten Lions were selected for the 2011 All-Academic Team in the Central States Football League: Joshua Aldrich, Kendal Evers, Reid Golson, Joshua Harris, Bradley Heathcock, Michael Hendon, Nathan Kallal, Cade Leuschner, Jason Rice, and Ramsey Sanchez.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.