8 Scots Named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its National Awards Day winners as nine Lyon College programs were named NAIA Scholar Teams, while 38 Scots were named as Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes for 2019-20.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes. The Lyon College Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, women’s outdoor track & field and women’s golf teams all were recipients of the award.

The men’s soccer team led all Lyon College programs with seven student-athletes named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Diego Mendez, Emanuel Santos, Gianni Santin, James Dalton, Marcos Fernandez, Seth Parker and Zachary Hodge all were recognized for the Scots.

Amber McMillan, Kassidy Robinson, Katelyn Platt, Melanie Mooney, Mikayla Mullen and Shyanne Pedroza were all awarded as members of the softball program.

Andrew Schnitzius, Chance Steed, Joe Weatherford, Jordan Olivera and Michael Jorgensen were recognized as student-athletes on the baseball team.

Ellie Embry, Iva Popovic, Kendra Davidson and Kendra Kelley were all named Daktronics Scholar-Athletes as members of the volleyball team, while Kaleah Davis, Klaudija Bacovic, Liz Henderson and Madison Riley earned the recognition for women’s basketball.

The Lyon College cheerleading program had three student-athletes honored – Abby Grimes, Elissa Douglass and Kiara Sims. Douglass, along with Ashtyn Stevens, were awarded as members of the women’s wrestling team.

Faris Verlasevic and Tommy Maloney were awarded the honor for men’s basketball, while Omar Gasmann and Roger Gasmann earned the recognition for men’s wrestling.

Blake Huffman was honored for competing on the men’s cross country and men’s track & field teams, while Elena Cervantes earned the award for women’s soccer.

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