Written by Sean Dahlin and Jeff Brown
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The association of Virginia Sports Information Directors today announced its 2012-13 Academic All-State selections honoring six Southern Virginia University scholar-athletes.
“It’s a great honor for these six wonderful scholar-athletes to be named to the Academic All-State team,” said Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey. “They are great exemplary representatives for Southern Virginia [University] and the athletics department.”
To earn VaSID Academic All-State honors, one must have achieved a 3.25-plus cumulative grade point average and at least sophomore standing. This academic year, 221 varying athletes were recognized representing 37 institutions within Virginia.
VaSID is comprised of sports information or athletics communications professionals from NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, USCAA and community college intercollegiate institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Southern Virginia’s baseball senior Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah), men’s basketball junior Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) and senior Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), softball senior McKenzy Mackay (Kaysville, Utah), football senior Jeff Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and women’s soccer senior Amber Winsor (Flower Mound, Texas) were each honored for their commitment to academic excellence.
Five of the six Knights named to the Academic All-State team—Greenhalgh, A. Jacobson, Mackay, Waldron and Winsor—joined 42 other Southern Virginia scholar-athletes this past year that were nominated as USCAA Academic All-Americans respectively.
In 2012-13, Southern Virginia registered more USCAA Academic All-American recipients than any year prior with 47 scholar-athletes receiving national recognition.
In addition to their success in the classroom, each of the six Knights named to the VaSID Academic All-State team enjoyed tremendous athletic accomplishments this past year.
Greenhalgh, the left-handed hurler, was named to the USCAA Honorable Mention All-American squad after leading the Knights baseball pitching staff in wins (4) and ranking second in strikeouts (30), innings pitched (42.0) and opponents’ batting average (.264).
The three-time USCAA All-Academic selection also ranks second in program history in career strikeouts (79).
A. Jacobson earned USCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors for the second straight season while helping men’s basketball to a 17-7 record. He ranked third on the team in scoring (11.3), rebounds (3.7), assists (3.0) and nearly one steal per-game.
In the backcourt with A. Jacobson is brother and senior I. Jacobson, who had one of the best statistical seasons in men’s basketball program history, ranking second on the team in scoring (14.2) while leading Southern Virginia in rebounds (5.8), assists (3.7) and steals (2.2) per-game from the point guard position.
On the softball diamond, Mackay led the Knights this year in wins (7) ERA (4.28) and strikeouts (100) while adding to two home runs and 12 RBIs at the plate. The three-time starting pitcher, who was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, also ranks first in the program's history for career strikeouts (295), complete games (39), innings pitched (317.2) and games started (52).
Waldron helped the 2012 football team to its second most wins in program history with a 5-6 mark while the co-captain finished second on the squad with 29 catches for 409 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he was named to the VaSID College Division All-State First Team and Roanoke Times All-State First Team respectively.
Three-time Academic All-American midfielder Winsor led the Knights women’s soccer squad to an 8-8-1 record behind a team-high four assists while ranking third on the team with four goals and 12 points.
Southern Virginia University 2013 VaSID Academic All-State Selections
Ed Greenhalgh—Baseball, Sr., Liberal Arts (Roy, Utah)
Anders Jacobson—Men’s Basketball, Jr., Undecided (Kitty Hawk, N.C.)
Isaac Jacobson—Men’s Basketball, Sr., Business Mgmt. and Leadership (Kitty Hawk, N.C.)
McKenzy Mackay—Softball, Sr., Business Management and Leadership (Kaysville, Utah)
Jeff Waldron—Football, Sr., History (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Amber Winsor—Women’s Soccer, Sr., Family and Child Development (Flower Mound, Texas)