The remarkable achievements by Lewis-Clark State College athletic teams during the 2007-08 academic year continued this week with 10 teams earning NAIA scholar-team awards for carrying a team grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
All LCSC teams finished either first or second this year in the Frontier Conference standings. The Warrior baseball team earned its 16th Avista NAIA World Series title during the spring, while the women’s volleyball team, the men’s and women’s cross country teams, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams all won conference regular season and postseason titles. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams finished as the highest ranked Region I teams and earned automatic berth to nationals, while both the men’s and women’s golf teams finished second in the conference standings.
In all, LCSC had nine of its 11 teams qualify for national tournaments, while a 10th sport, women’s outdoor track, qualified an individual to the national meet.
In the classroom, 10 LCSC teams were among the 750 honored by the NAIA for having at least a 3.0 team GPA for the academic year.
The women’s indoor and outdoor track programs led the way with a 3.63 GPA, followed by the women’s golf team at 3.48. The women’s cross country team had a 3.45 GPA, while the women’s basketball team, along with both the men’s and women’s tennis teams, had 3.41 GPAs. The men’s indoor and outdoor track programs both had 3.28 GPAs, while the men’s cross country team had a 3.18 GPA.
“The performance of all of our athletic programs last year in the athletic arena and in the classroom is a tribute to our student-athletes and our coaching staff,” LCSC athletic director Gary Picone said. “We will continue to ‘raise the bar’ for our student-athletes and coaches, and I have confidence that they will continue to strive for excellence.”