In addition to their on-field success, Anderson’s winter student-athletes were enjoyed a successful season off the field. In order to qualify for the Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Team, students must be varsity athletes carrying a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Anderson had 17 student-athletes named to the team.
Brett Anderson, Nathaniel Acree, Brady Ashton, Cole Hartman and Joe Line were selected from the men’s basketball team. Ashley King, Courtney King, Ryley Burkhart, Rachel Harrison, Tess Wise, David Layman, Calen Bruner and Derek Mallory represent the track and field teams. Samantha Case, Milly Hensley, Erin Orban and Michaela Richardson were elected from the women’s swimming team.
Hartman, an accounting major from Auburn, Indiana, felt particularly honored at the recognition. He was quick to credit his four teammates who also were honored.
“Being a student athlete at Anderson is truly a blessing,” explained Hartman. “It can be tough at times too, but thanks to great professors, and a great coaching staff, managing a sport and school is made a lot easier.”
Brady Ashton, a secondary education social studies major from Frankton, Indiana expressed similar sentiments. “It feels great to represent my university not only athletically, but academically,” said Ashton. “On the basketball team, we hold each other to high standards and our coaches push us on the court and in the classroom. It isn’t easy being a student-athlete, but being honored like this makes it worth while.”
Rose-Hulman had 58 selections, more than any other school in the HCAC. Manchester had the second most selections with 19, while Anderson had the third most selections.