By Nick Porter
ASHLAND, Va.—The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) released the Academic All-State Team, honoring six student-athletes from Southern Virginia University.
To be eligible for this honor, a scholar-athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a minimum 3.25 GPA. Across the state 217 student-athletes from 37 institutions were named to the Academic All-State team.
VaSID is comprised of sports information or athletics communications professionals from intercollegiate institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The 2016-17 class includes Zoe Bradshaw (Women's Lacrosse), Brady Cook (Men's Lacrosse), Austen Hammond (Baseball), Kora Jewel (Women's Soccer), Justin King (Baseball), and Emily McFadyen (Women's Soccer).
Senior Zoe Bradshaw (Stevensville, Mont.) was the leading goal scorer for women's lacrosse, with 43 goals this season. She finished the year with a 3.97 overall GPA, and a 4.0 in 2016-17. Bradshaw double majored in biology and chemistry, and earned CAC All-Academic honors four straight years.
Brady Cook (Union Bridge, Md.) finished the year with a cumulative 3.93 GPA while dishing out 15 assists and scoring 13 goals on the men's lacrosse team. The sophomore will also be named to the CAC All-Academic team for the second year in a row.
Baseball's Austen Hammond (Senoia, Ga.) recorded a 4.0 during the season, and finished the year with a 3.97 GPA. The junior played in 28 games this season and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kora Jewell (Highland, Utah) played in 15 games this year, maintaining a 3.95 overall GPA. The midfielder is majoring in psychology and earned CAC All-Academic honors for the third year. She also served an LDS mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Justin King (San Ramon, Calif.) is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder. He earned a 4.0 during 2016-17, and had a cumulative 3.95 GPA. The senior struck out 29 this year and earned the save against Moravian. He graduated with a degree in business.
Women's Soccer's Emily McFadyen (Roseville, Calif.) started all 17 games for the Knights and scored a pair of goals against Johnson and Wales (N.C.). The sophomore posted a 4.0 during the season, and a 3.95 overall GPA.
For the full VaSID release click here.