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Broome, Thomas named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District

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Broome (right) and Thomas (left) are the first to receive the honor for their sports

Broome (right) and Thomas (left) are the first to receive the honor for their sports

May 7, 2009

Towson, Md. - In the CoSIDA ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Baseball and Softball teams announced today, Shorter College baseball outfielder Jake Broome has been named to the District 3 College Division First Team, while softball pitcher Becca Thomas has been named to the District 3 College Division Second Team. These are the first two Shorter College athletes that have received this recognition from their respective sport.

Broome, a junior from Lindale, Ga., was second in batting average this season for the Hawks, finishing with a .397, with 56 hits, four doubles, three home runs, and 23 RBIs. Last week, he was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference's All-Academic team, and was also named Shorter's Champion of Character award recipient.

Broome is the only NAIA representative on the District 3 First Team list, placing among athletes from NCAA Div. I, II and III. He currently has a 3.88 GPA and is an Accounting/CPA major at Shorter.

Thomas, a senior from Montgomery, Ala., is a early childhood education major with a 4.0 GPA, and helped lead the Lady Hawks softball team last week to their second straight SSAC tournament title. Heading into next weekend's NAIA National Championship, Thomas sits at 17-7 on the season, with a 1.72 ERA in 163 innings pitched.

Thomas is the only NAIA representative on the District 3 list, placing among athletes from NCAA Div. I, II and III. Last week, she was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference's All-Conference and All-Academic teams, and was also named Shorter's Champion of Character award recipient.

The two will now move on to the ballot for possible selection on the prestigious Academic All-America team. It is one of the only awards of its kind in the nation that awards both on-the-field excellence and in-the-classroom performance in a single award.

To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Additionally, nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at a specific position, and must have completed one full calendar year at the current institution and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

The voting period for the national All-American ballot begins next week.

To view the complete baseball list, click here.

To view the complete softball list, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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