Three Vikings named GNAC academic all-stars
March 4, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University placed three men - center Calin Schell, forward David Brittinen and guard Anthony Wiederkehr - on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Academic All-Star Team announced today.
It is the third straight year that Brittinen and Schell have been honored.
Schell, a manufacturing engineering technology major, is maintaining a 3.71 grade point average (4.0 scale). A senior from Chelan, he is averaging 11.2 points on 59.3 percent (108-of-182) field-goal shooting, and leads the Vikings in both rebounds (7.8avg.) and blocked shots (1.2). He ranks fifth among GNAC leaders in both rebounds and blocks and is eighth in floor accuracy. Half (93) of his 186 boards have been on the offensive glass where he tops the league.
Brittinen is a biology/anthropology major and has a 3.38 GPA. A senior from Hoquiam, he is averaging 8.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 64.5 percent (80-of-124) from the field. He ranks second in the league in floor accuracy and sixth in blocks.
Wiederkehr is a communications major with a 3.50 GPA. A sophomore from Arlington (graduate of Lakewood High School), he is averaging 2.9 points off the bench.
To be eligible for the GNAC academic team, student-athletes must earn a letter, have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second year of competition at their university.
Western, 19-5 overall, closes out its regular season this week, traveling to Seattle Pacific on Thursday (7 p.m.) and playing host to arch-rival Central Washington on Saturday (7 p.m.).
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fifty-One Named to GNAC Academic Basketball Teams
SPOKANE - A total of 51 student-athletes, including 32 women and 19 men, have been named to the 2008-09 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Academic all-conference team.
Three of the academic all-stars have perfect 4.00 GPAs- Grace Milliken of Alaska Fairbanks, Quinn Halverson of Montana State Billings and Mike Barton of MSUB. Six others have GPAs of 3.90 or better including Nicole Bozek of UAF; Kayla Ryan of MSUB; Louie Beech of NNU, and Dara Zack, Jamey Gelhar and Roni Jo Mielke, all of Saint Martin's.
Saint Martin's placed the most players on the academic teams with a total of 10, including seven women and three men. Northwest Nazarene has nine all-stars, including a league-best four men and five women. Alaska Fairbanks has eight academic all-stars and Montana State Billings has six.
Ten players - Sheena Brown and Cristina Bruketta of Alaska Fairbanks; Johnny Spevak and Hilary Tanneberg of Central Washington; Mallory Whipple of Northwest Nazarene; Jake Linton of Saint Martin's; Lexi Schaar of Seattle Pacific; Tyler Blok of Western Oregon, and Calin Schell and David Brittinen of Western Washington - made the team for the third year in a row. Thirteen other players - five men and eight women - were repeaters from last year.
To be eligible for the academic team, student-athletes must earn a letter, have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second year of competition at their university.
GNAC 2008-09 ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
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