Green Bay Places Three on Spring Academic All-League Teams
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Honoring student-athletes for their success both in competition and in the classroom, the Horizon League announced its 2016 Spring Academic All-League Teams on Friday morning. Green Bay was represented by three student-athletes: men’s golfer Gene Kiela III, men’s tennis player Leo Gomez Islinger and softball player Allie Taylor.
Kiela, a senior on the team this past season that collected All-Horizon League Second Team honors, shot a one-under par 71 in the final round of the Horizon League Championships to launch himself into the top 10. Kiela finished his Green Bay career having notched top-10 finishes in every tournament his senior year, and in the top five in every competition leading up to the Horizon League Championship. Kiela is a Business Administration and Economics major with a 3.79 grade-point-average.
Gomez-Islinger secured 13 match victories this past men’s tennis season, the highest on the team while playing at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots for the squad. In Horizon League play, Gomez-Islinger worked towards a 5-1 record which was also the highest win total on the team. He was name to the All-Horizon League First Team for his efforts this past season and maintained a 3.72 grade-point average while majoring in Business Administration.
Taylor, a junior on the softball team, helped her team secure a fourth-place finish in the Horizon League last season, leading the team in home runs (8) and hits (51). Taylor also finished eighth in the league in home runs this season and owned a .305 batting average. Away from the diamond, she is an Education-Spanish major that holds a 3.85 grade-point-average.
A total of 101 student-athletes from eight spring sports were honored in balloting by the League’s faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors.
Oakland led the Horizon League with 17 honorees, followed by 13 each from Valparaiso and Youngstown State. Detroit followed with 12, Wright State had 11 student-athletes, while UIC had 10; Milwaukee and Northern Kentucky each finished with nine. Green Bay and Cleveland State rounded out the voting with three honorees respectively.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.
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