Record 84 Islanders Named to Southland Commissioner's Honor Roll

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi placed 84 student-athletes on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the spring semester, the league announced today. It marked an all-time high for the Islanders, who saw 18 student-athletes earn a perfect 4.0 GPA in their spring competitive seasons.

“The improvements we have made in the classroom in 2013-14 have been impressive,” Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. “I’m really proud of the efforts made by our student-athletes, coaches and staff to continue to strive to live by the Islanders Way, and academic success is a big part of that. This is a great accomplishment for Islanders Athletics.”

The 84 selections eclipsed the previous high of 73, set in the spring of 2012, by a wide margin, while the 18 perfect GPAs were also a school record. The honor roll includes student-athletes who took part in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and earned a 3.0 GPA during the spring semester.

Shawn Flanagan’s track and field squads led the way for the Islanders, with the women seeing 19 students recognized and the men collecting 17 honors. Among those 36 selections, 10 student-athletes posted a 4.0 – Philipp Baar, David Carrillo, Jackson Davis, Edgar Martinez, Daniel Rhodes and Valentinas Rudys on the men’s side, Melina Ortiz, Luisa Pasold, Shelby Polasek and Shanice Prendergast for the women.

The Islanders baseball team saw 15 student-athletes honored by the league, led by First Team Academic All-American Russell Vaughan. Vaughan, who posted the top GPA on Scott Malone’s squad, was one of three seniors to make the honor roll, as he was joined by Corpus Christi native A.J. Longoria and Cody Stephens.

More than half the Islanders’ men’s basketball roster collected honor roll laurels, as eight members of Willis Wilson’s squad collected a 3.0 GPA or better, the highest in the coach’s tenure at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Senior Kevin Lynch was the lone player for the team to register a 4.0, while fellow graduated senior James King was also recognized by the league. Royce Chadwick’s women’s team saw five players named to the honor roll, with Taryn Gregory and Lexy Harris each earning a perfect 4.0.

Steve Moore’s tennis teams each had five players recognized by the league, with Ashley Garza and Cassie Shaw each leading the way with a 4.0. Southland Men’s Tennis Player of the Year Peter Nagy held the top GPA among the five Islanders honored on his squad. Senior Krista Fenniak was the lone Islanders golf player to be named to the honor roll.

Three members of Stephanie Hughes’ softball squad carded a perfect 4.0 during their competitive season, with All-Southland selection Valerie Perez, freshman pitcher player Liz Carter and Mackinzee Griebel topping the team’s honor roll list. The trio was among nine players on the squad to gain recognition on the honor roll.

The Southland Conference Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll is released within 30 days at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters, recognizing student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes, nominated by their respective academic advisors, must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs.

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Name Class GPA Sport Major Hometown
Jacob Dorris Jr. 3.25 Baseball University Studies Weatherford, Texas
Josh Garza Jr. 3.00 Baseball Health Sciences San Antonio, Texas
Zack Gibson Jr. 3.60 Baseball Health Sciences League City, Texas
Zacarias Hardy So. 3.25 Baseball Management Dallas, Texas
Lukas Hermanson So. 3.50 Baseball Business Georgetown, Texas
Nolan Holland So. 3.20 Baseball Kinesiology Spring, Texas
Jared Jordan Fr. 3.54 Baseball Kinesiology Royse City, Texas
Kevin Landgrebe Jr. 3.00 Baseball Kinesiology Bay City, Texas
AJ Longoria Gr. 3.67 Baseball Public Administration Corpus Christi, Texas
Devin Skapura Fr. 3.71 Baseball Kinesiology Kingwood, Texas
Cody Stephens Sr. 3.75 Baseball Health Sciences Concord, Calif.
Russell Vaughan Sr. 3.80 Baseball Health Sciences Mesa, Ariz.
Matt Wagner Fr. 3.00 Baseball Management Fort Worth, Texas
Gavin Williamson Jr. 3.25 Baseball Health Sciences Carthage, Texas
Dawson Yates Fr. 3.46 Baseball Business Kelowna, British Columbia
Hameed Ali Jr. 3.00 M Basketball Sociology Hayward, Calif.
Jeff Beverly Fr. 3.00 M Basketball Kinesiology Houston, Texas
Bryce Douvier Sr. 3.23 M Basketball Communications Sedgwick, Kan.
James King Sr. 3.75 M Basketball Psychology Schertz, Texas
Jake Kocher Jr. 3.25 M Basketball Marketing Austin, Texas
Kevin Lynch Sr. 4.00 M Basketball Communications Rockport, Texas
Cole Martinez So. 3.60 M Basketball Kinesiology San Antonio, Texas
Emmanuel Toney Fr. 3.08 M Basketball Communications Bowie, Md.
Shola Adebayo Sr. 3.17 W Basketball Communications Oklahoma City, Okla.
Doshi Davis Fr. 3.00 W Basketball Management Port Arthur, Texas
Taryn Gregory Sr. 4.00 W Basketball Criminal Justice Channelview, Texas
Lexy Harris Sr. 4.00 W Basketball Health Sciences Houston, Texas
Brittany Mbamalu Fr. 3.77 W Basketball Criminal Justice Houston, Texas
Krista Fenniak Sr. 3.75 W Golf Communications Edmonton, Alberta
Liz Carter Fr. 4.00 Softball Kinesiology Austin, Texas
Hayley Galloway Sr. 3.08 Softball Kinesiology Angleton, Texas
Mackinzee Griebel So. 4.00 Softball Kinesiology Lockhart, Texas
Cassidy Ivy Jr. 3.00 Softball Marketing Huntington, Texas
J.J. Jackson Sr. 3.00 Softball Communications Desoto, Texas
Valerie Perez Sr. 4.00 Softball Health Sciences Corpus Christi, Texas
Emma Stipe Fr. 3.54 Softball Kinesiology Round Rock, Texas
Dani Tefft So. 3.80 Softball English Sugar Land, Texas
Natalie Zarzabal So. 3.00 Softball Biomedical Sciences Schertz, Texas
Philip Kuehnen Fr. 3.00 M Tennis Economics La Nucia Alicante, Spain
Ricardo Mayagoitia Fr. 3.00 M Tennis Economics Monterey, Mexico
Peter Nagy So. 3.50 M Tennis University Studies Budapest, Hungary
Javier Pujol So. 3.40 M Tennis Economics Barcelona, Spain
Guillaume Rauseo Jr. 3.08 M Tennis Mechanical Engineering Morschwiller-Le-Bas, France
Venesa Figueroa So. 3.40 W Tennis Political Science/Philosophy Corpus Christi, Texas
Kerry Galhos Fr. 3.40 W Tennis Political Science Dili, Timor Leste
Ashley Garza Sr. 4.00 W Tennis Biomedical Sciences Corpus Christi, Texas
Maider Martin So. 3.20 W Tennis Management Hernani, Spain
Cassie Shaw Sr. 4.00 W Tennis Kinesiology Flower Mound, Texas
Justin Adame Sr. 3.33 M Track & Field Biomedical Sciences Corpus Christi, Texas
Philipp Baar Jr. 4.00 M Track & Field Management Schwerin, Germany
David Carrillo Jr. 4.00 M Track & Field Kinesiology Eagle Pass, Texas
Skyler Coffman Fr. 3.08 M Track & Field Kinesiology North Richland Hills, Texas
Jackson Davis Fr. 4.00 M Track & Field Mechanical Engineering Richmond, Texas
Angelo Garland Fr. 3.31 M Track & Field Kinesiology Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
Daniel Guerrero Fr. 3.00 M Track & Field Mechanical Engineering Corpus Christi, Texas
Christoph Hintz Sr. 3.82 M Track & Field Mechanical Engineering Schwerin, Germany
Bryce Johnston Jr. 3.75 M Track & Field Management Gunnison, Colo.
Brandon Lacy Jr. 3.75 M Track & Field Kinesiology San Antonio, Texas
Edgar Martinez Fr. 4.00 M Track & Field Biomedical Sciences Fort Worth, Texas
Stephen Medlin Fr. 3.27 M Track & Field Biomedical Sciences Houston, Texas
Daniel Rhodes Fr. 4.00 M Track & Field Business Bolanden, Germany
Valentinas Rudys Jr. 4.00 M Track & Field Finance/Economics Vilnius, Lithuania
Andres Salazar Fr. 3.54 M Track & Field Criminal Justice San Antonio, Texas
Dustin Smith Sr. 3.13 M Track & Field Mechanical Eng./Biomedical Sci. Levelland, Texas
Ron Williams Fr. 3.31 M Track & Field Political Science Pflugerville, Texas
Jasmine Boutte Jr. 3.56 W Track & Field Biomedical Sciences Long Branch, N.J.
Marisa Ellis Fr. 3.63 W Track & Field Interdisciplinary Studies Canyon Lake, Texas
Vanessa Galindo Jr. 3.46 W Track & Field Kinesiology Del Rio, Texas
Saira Gonzalez Fr. 3.63 W Track & Field Marketing Brownsville, Texas
Samantha Hardin So. 3.38 W Track & Field Environmental Science Montgomery, Texas
Lara Huelsebusch Fr. 3.77 W Track & Field Accounting Pinneberg, Germany
Kirby Miller Fr. 3.46 W Track & Field Management Houston, Texas
Adrienne Nickleson So. 3.00 W Track & Field Biomedical Sciences Corpus Christi, Texas
Melina Ortiz Fr. 4.00 W Track & Field Biomedical Sciences Port Lavaca, Texas
Ann-Kathrin Ott Fr. 3.67 W Track & Field Biomedical Sciences Singen, Germany
Luisa Pasold Jr. 4.00 W Track & Field Management Leipzig, Germany
Shelby Polasek Jr. 4.00 W Track & Field Marketing Reno, Nev.
Shanice Prendergast So. 4.00 W Track & Field Criminal Justice Brampton, Ontario
Ashley Rosebrough Sr. 3.06 W Track & Field Kinesiology San Antonio, Texas
Alexandria Rossi Jr. 3.50 W Track & Field Interdisciplinary Studies Corpus Christi, Texas
Regina Salinas So. 3.60 W Track & Field Political Science Corpus Christi, Texas
Sidney Siepert Sr. 3.40 W Track & Field Kinesiology Evant, Texas
Kaelin Simmons Fr. 3.08 W Track & Field Kinesiology Canyon Lake, Texas
Kerissa Wiley Fr. 3.54 W Track & Field Health Sciences Elmaton, Texas