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Fifty-nine make 3.0 GPA or higher

Mens Soccer, Volleyball place 11 on list

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University finished sixth in the recently announced Red River Athletic Conference GPA Awards.

SAGU had 59 student-athletes recognized for their work in the classroom for achieving a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2012-2013 year. The list does not include the Lions football team, who were cited earlier this year.

The Red River had 15 member institutions this past year, but does not include football. Four colleges in the conference field football programs, all of them competing in the Central States Football League.

“SAGU's mission to provide the whole gospel for the whole man demands that our coaches and student-athletes strive for excellence in the area of academics,” said Jesse Godding, SAGU’s Athletic Director.

“Our coaches continue to find innovative ways to bring this across to our athletes and our athletes continue to excel.”

“We congratulate the athletes who have achieved this milestone this year and look forward to realizing more accomplishments in the future,” he added.

Two dual-sport athletes maintained the lofty GPA while playing throughout the scholatic year; Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) and Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS).

Cox played in both volleyball and women's basketball. Hankins was the MVP on the women's basketball team, then suited up for the softball team through the spring.

The RRAC Academic Awards press release can be seen in its entirety at

SAGU 2013-2014 Honor Roll

Jessica Abbot VB
Kristina Armburst WS
Theresa Ballard SB
O'Kievia Bratchett WBK
Brittany Briggs VB
David Bruner MBK
Taylor Calverley VB
Kasey Cox WBK, VB
Jeremy Cross BB
Jared Denton BB
Rebeka Dollar VB
William Elliott MS
Cesar Espana MS
David Flores MS
Danidson Frazer-Melendez MS
Cesar Galvan MS
Lyndi Garrison WS
Jessica Giese VB
Brittany Griffin WBK
Craig Grigsby MBK
Tyler Guidry MBK
Sierra Hankins WBK, SB
Taylor Hill WBK
Haici Holt WS
Caitlyn Hudson VB
Blayr Huff SB
Iliana Jimenez SB
Emily Jones WS
Ryann Jones SB
Alissa Kirk VB
Brendon Kowalski MS
Amanda Laney VB
Mallorie Lough WBK
Andrea Lugo WBK
Cassandra Mata SB
Timothy McIntosh BB
Samuel Mills MS
Wayman Ming BB
Shannen Nance SB
Justas Norvilas MBK
Michael Nwelue MBK
Maurice Oglesby MBK
Clayton O'Neill MBK
Caitlin Paschall VB
Jessica Powell-Roman WS
Noelle Pugliese WS
Erick Quan MS
Jocques Rogers MS
Jack Saipong MBK
Nicholas Sheffield BB
Emmalee Smith VB
Hugh Starks MBK
Stephen Sturgeon MS
James Swearingin MS
Shaina Tanks WBK
Timothy Thomas BB
Gregory Threadgill BB
Kayla Westbrook SB
Heather Wyatt SB

WS – Womens Soccer (6)
MS – Mens Soccer (11)
VB – Volleyball (11)
MBK – Mens Basketball (9)
WBK – Womens Basketball (8)
SB – Softball (9)
BB – Baseball (7)

Wiley College, of Marshall, Texas, achieved the highest GPA among its student-athletes with a collective 3.10.

The announcement was made by Darin David, the RRAC Sports Information Director.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

Number of Scholar Athletes: *Texas Wesleyan University 110, *Northwood University 73, Our Lady of the Lake University 70, University of the Southwest 67, Bacone College 63, *SAGU 59, Wiley College 55, Huston-Tillotson University 54, Texas College 50, LSU-Shreveport 45, Jarvis Christian College 40, University of St. Thomas 39, University of Texas at Brownsville 25, Langston University 17.
*Have joined the Sooner Athletic Conference starting with the 2013-2014 school year.

UT-Brownsville 17,151
LSU-Shreveport 4,600
Langston Univ 3,922
St. Thomas 3,520
Texas Wesleyan 3,378
OLLU 2,751
SAGU 2,150
Wiley College 1,351
Northwood 1,000
Bacone College 900
Huston-Tillotson 800
Texas College 755
Paul Quinn College 700
Jarvis Christian 550
Univ of Southwest 550

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