KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five Goshen College basketball players received Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors Monday when the NAIA announced the award winners before the semifinal rounds of the Division II men's and women's basketball tournaments.
Junior Christian Grider of Indian Lake, Ohio, was a Scholar-Athlete for the Maple Leaf men, marking the first Goshen honoree in that sport since Matt Glick and Jake Clemens in 2014. The Goshen women had four players recognized: senior Calla Bartlett of Byron Center, Mich.; senior Sophia Sears of Paoli, Ind.; senior Natalie Thorne of Goshen; and junior Hanna Hochstetler of Goshen.
The women's basketball team's four awards sets a new program record for a single season, displacing the mark of three set last year, and marks three consecutive seasons in which the team has posted more scholar-athletes than it did the year before.
In the previous four-plus seasons, Goshen has racked up 225 scholar-athlete awards: last year's total represented one out of every five athletes on a Maple Leaf varsity roster, a figure that is made even more impressive by the fact that freshmen and sophomores (which form roughly half of the talent pool) are ineligible.
Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
Awards in soccer, volleyball and cross country were given in the fall. Click here to view those recipients. Awards in baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field will be announced at those sports' national championships in the spring.