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Five WCC Players Named To I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Teams

April 3, 2006

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Five West Coast Conference men's and women's basketball student-athletes were selected to the 2006 Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Teams as selected by the I-AAA Athletic Directors Association. This is the fourth year that this team has been recognized to honor student-athletes playing for schools classified as I-AAA (non-football playing institutions).

On the men's side, Gonzaga University junior Sean Mallon was named to the Men's Scholar-Athlete Team, while Santa Clara's Mitch Henke and Joey Kaempf and Pepperdine's Keith Jarbo were named honorable mention.

Mallon makes his second appearance on the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team with a 3.27 in Political Science. Mallon appeared in all 33 games for the Bulldogs as they advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished the season with a No. 5 ranking by the Associated Press. Mallon started 32 of 33 games averaging 7 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

On the women's side, Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk makes her first appearance on the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team with a 3.58 in Business. Hawk was the lone Bulldogs player to start all 30 games this season as Gonzaga won its second straight West Coast Conference regular-season title. She was a first-team All-WCC selection averaging 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He/she must have reached sophomore athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He/she must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his/her designated position.

Additionally, from the Scholar-Athlete teams, one male and female student-athlete were selected as the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Receiving the women's honor was Allie Quigley, a sophomore from DePaul University, with a 3.83 GPA in physical education; while the men's award went to Anthony Toliver, a junior from Creighton University, with a 3.54 GPA in finance.

Men's Scholar-Athlete Team

Name       Institution  YearGPAMajor

John Goldsberry UNC Wilmington Sr3.56Finance
Charles Harris Canisius Jr3.53Digital Media Arts
Martin Klimes Vermont Jr3.85Business Admin.
Alex Loughton Old Dominion Sr3.40Business/Marketing
Sean Mallon Gonzaga Jr3.27Political Science
Charles Mohn III UNC Asheville Sr3.46Econsomics
Brett Seger Denver Sr3.92Accounting
Chet Stachitas St. Joseph's Sr3.24Marketing
Adrian Tigert UW-Milwaukee Gr3.40MBA Business
Anthony Toliver Creighton Jr3.54Finance
Beckham David WyricKUNC WilmingtonSr3.42Finance

Honorable Mention: Michael Bell, Fairfield; Walter Brady Dawkins, Texas Arlington; Brian Hodges, Maryland Baltimore County; Mitchell Henke, Santa Clara; Keith Jarbo, Pepperdine; Joey Kaempf, Santa Clara; Matthew Petersen, Utah Valley State; Zachary Trader, Texas Pan American.

Women's Scholar-Athlete Team

Name Institution Year GPA Major 

Stephanie Hawk Gonzaga Jr 3.58 Business
Megan Liffick Evansville Sr 3.31 Exercise Science
Amber Renee Mason Longwood Sr 3.71 Criminology/Criminal Justice
Sarah McIlwraith St. Louis Jr 3.93 Early Childhood Education
Brooke Meyer Denver So 3.90 Finance/Real Estate
Iva Milevoj Winthrop Sr 3.87 Marketing
Allie Quigley DePaul So 3.83 Physical Education
Faith Schutte St. Joseph's Sr 3.86 English
Michaela Vezenkova UNC Wilmington Jr 4.00 Political Science
Amber Wirth Long Island Sr 3.79 Media Arts

Honorable Mention: Whitney Cave, Siena; Caitie Goddard, Detroit Mercy; Stacey Gooden, Texas Pan American; Carolyn Kieger, Marquette;and Rachael Vanerwal, Boston University.