SOFTBALL: University of Utah softball player Sandy Rhea was named to the Louisville Slugger NFCA All-America second team on Wednesday.
Rhea, a senior first baseman/outfielder from South Jordan, was named to the All-America team for the second time after making the first team in 1997. Last week, she earned first-team all-West Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for the third- consecutive year. She also earned first-team all-WAC honors for a third time this season.
Rhea ranked 18th in the nation in stolen bases this season with 34 in 35 attempts. She is eighth all-time in the NCAA in career stolen bases with 130. Rhea led the WAC in stolen bases and was also eighth in hitting (.372), fifth in runs , sixth in doubles and sixth in hits .
ACADEMICS: A school record 54 Utah State University student-athletes were honored on Wednesday at the Joe E. Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon. To be eligibile for the awards, USU student-athletes must have at least four quarters of enrollment and a cumulative GPA of 3.20.
Emily Swank, a senior on the gymnastics team earned the Joe E. Whitesides Award for the top grade-point average. Swank, a bio-veterinary science major, accumulated a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in her USU career.
Jeremy Hunt-Loveless was awarded the inagural Aggie Achievement Award for overcoming personal tragedy and having success in his USU career. The football senior from West Point, Utah, was diagnosed with a learning disability when he arrived at Utah State. He overcame that setback as well as the death of seven family members during his time at USU, to earn a starting position as a linebacker. He will graduate in the summer with a major in liberal arts and sciences and a minor in philosophy.
The women's track team was named the Outstanding Academic Team with 20 or more members as it accumulated a 3.293 grade-point average. With a 3.270 GPA, the women's volleyball team was named the Outstanding Academic Team with less than 20 members. The men's tennis team was the Most Improved Academic Team.
The Joe E. Whitesides Award was first presented in 1953. It is named after former USU athletic director Joe E. Whitesides. He lettered in football at USU in the 1930s.
UVSC GOLF: Utah Valley State College moved up a notch at the NJCAA nationals at Highland Oaks Golf Course in Dothan, Ala., standing in fifth place in the 24-team tournament after Wednesday's second round of play.
The Wolverines shot a 308 to move from sixth to fifth but lost ground on the tournament leaders. After Tuesday's first-round 302 the Wolverines were just 13 strokes off the lead of Scottsdale College (574).