June 8, 2011

Cox and Knight Named to PBC All-Academic Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference released the softball All-Academic teams from the conference office in Augusta last week, and North Georgia had a pair players earns spots on the squad.

Hilary Cox and Kasey Knight were both named to the team of 20 players, representing the Saints after claiming a third straight Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championship in 2011.

A junior infielder from Douglasville, Ga., Cox is a Business Management major with a 3.38 grade point average. Knight finished her playing career in 2011 and graduated from North Georgia in May with a degree in Physical Education with a 3.55 grade point average. Both players were recognized as NFCA First-Team All-Region selections as they led the Saints to the NCAA Division II College World Series for a third consecutive year.

The teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.

Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt Conference is home to 26 NCAA Division II National Championships. 13 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama compete in 13 championship sports. 2009-10 members are Augusta State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Flagler College, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, University of Montevallo, North Georgia College & State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Click here to visit the All-Academic Team Page

2011 Softball All-Academic Team

Major (Minor)
Brandy Bossle USC Aiken So.   
North East, Md. 3.73 Biology
Gabby Buck Georgia Southwestern Jr. Sharpsburg, Ga. 3.87 Childhood Education
Jamie Burwell UNC Pembroke Jr. Enka, N.C. 3.42 Biology
Kacee Camp Augusta State Jr. Harlem, Ga. 3.89 Biology
Hilary Cox North Georgia Jr. Douglasville, Ga. 3.38 Management
Shelby Duff Armstrong Atlantic St. So. Springfield, Ga. 3.65 Radiologic Sciences
Caitlin Duvall Georgia College Jr. Douglasville, Ga. 3.75 Politial Science
Tristan Faile Francis Marion So. Lancaster, S.C. 3.67 Biology
Olivia Ferguson Francis Marion So. Roanoke, Va. 3.84 Biology
Lynn Grantham UNC Pembroke Sr. Goldsboro, N.C. 3.48 Exercise & Sport Science
Nichole Griffin Georgia Southwestern Sr. Leesburg, Ga. 3.38 Accounting
Keeley Kennedy Columbus St. Sr. Fortson, Ga. 3.52 Physical Education
Kasey Knight North Georgia Sr. Watkinsville, Ga. 3.55 Physical Education
Cea Knox Francis Marion Sr. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 3.86 Political Science
Lauren Locklear USC Aiken Sr. Charleston, S.C. 3.33 Business Administration
Katie Mueller Georgia Southwestern Sr. Tallahassee, Fla. 3.90 Early Childhood Education
Anna Parker Georgia College Jr. Columbus, Ga. 3.42 Psychology
Chelle Phillips Francis Marion Sr. Waukee, Iowa 3.34 Accounting
Bailey Thompson Georgia College Sr. Vidalia, Ga. 4.00 Athletic Training
Kelly Van Dyke UNC Pembroke So. Salisbury, Md. 3.71 Criminal Justice

Honorable Mention: Heather Hodge, Georgia Southwestern; Murphy McConnell, Francis Marion; Stacy Piagno, Flagler; Megan Qualls, Armstrong Atlantic State; Cayla Smith, Georgia Southwestern