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Athletics News
Dec. 10, 1997

Michigan State Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-Big Ten Honors

The Big Ten has announced its Academic All-Big Ten teams for fall sports and 33 Michigan State student-athletes are among the honorees. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten recognition, a student-athlete must be a letterwinner in at least their second academic year at the institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

The MSU women's cross country squad, along with the men's and women's soccer teams each placed seven student-athletes on the various squads. Sophomore Leah Nilsson (Williamston) of the women's cross country team paced all Spartan honorees with a 3.93 grade-point average as a no-preference major.

Name                Sport              Yr.   GPA    Major                        Hometown
Kyle Baker          Cross Country      Sr.   3.12   Business Administration      Haslett, MI
Brendan Banyon      Cross Country      Jr.   3.34   Political Economy            St. Joseph, MI
Joe Leo             Cross Country      So.   3.18   Audiology & Speech Sciences  Northville, MI
Steve Schell        Cross Country      Jr.   3.48   Electrical Engineering       Dearborn, MI
Chris Wehrman       Cross Country      Sr.   3.05   Political Science/Pre-Law    Pinckney, MI
Christie Achenbach  Cross Country      So.   3.16   Undecided                    Unionville, MI
Becky Caldwell      Cross Country      Sr.   3.72   Physiology                   Wyandotte, MI
Jennifer Denkins    Cross Country      So.   3.43   Political Science/Pre-Law    Flushing, MI
Barb Karenko        Cross Country      So.   3.59   Interdisciplinary Studies    Ypsilanti, MI
Karlene Kurtz       Cross Country      Sr.   3.80   Human Resources Mngt.        Traverse City, MI
Leah Nilsson        Cross Country      So.   3.93   Undecided                    Williamston, MI
Sarah Parbel        Cross Country      So.   3.03   Education                    Caledonia, MI
Nicole Catanzaro    Field Hockey       So.   3.38   Education                    Ambler, PA
Beth George         Field Hockey       Jr.   3.00   Phys. Ed./Exercise Science   Davis, CA
Jill Lusher         Field Hockey       Sr.   3.32   Phys. Ed./Exercise Science   Escondido, CA
Melissa Pryor       Field Hockey       Jr.   3.76   Social Relations             Ann Arbor, MI
Garett Gould        Football           Jr.   3.10   Mechanical Engineering       Troy, MI
Dave Mudge          Football           Sr.   3.25   Phys. Ed./Exercise Science   Whitby, ONT
John Benoist        Soccer             So.   3.60   Supply Chain Management      St. Louis, MO
Jeremy Guenther     Soccer             Sr.   3.37   Professional Accounting      St. Louis, MO
Hal Howell          Soccer             Jr.   3.13   Packaging                    Brighton, MI
Matt Phillips       Soccer             Jr.   3.70   Political Economy            Chesterton, IN
Steve Shebuski      Soccer             Sr.   3.70   Chemical Engineering         Bloomington, MN
Jim Van Huysen      Soccer             Sr.   3.51   Phys. Ed./Exercise Science   Portage, MI
James Whitmore      Soccer             Sr.   3.87   Accounting                   Ann Arbor, MI
Courtney Cleland    Soccer             Jr.   3.67   Advertising                  Peapack, NJ
Bryn Gibson         Soccer             Sr.   3.54   Nursing                      Royal Oak, MI
Jennifer Hanink     Soccer             So.   3.62   International Relations      Hudson, OH
Meghan Kolbe        Soccer             So.   3.82   Undecided                    Troy, MI
Sarah Lawlor        Soccer             So.   3.25   Accounting                   Rochester Hills, MI
Laura Monticello    Soccer             So.   3.17   Undecided                    Troy, MI
Jessica Moorman     Soccer             So.   3.37   Business Administration      Hudson, OH
Tammy Vonderheide   Volleyball         So.   3.12   Undecided                    Stewardson, IL