AWARD: Bishop earns Distinguished Scholar-Athlete

Friday, June 8, 2018

RICHARDSON – UT Tyler senior Alex Bishop is one of 11 student-athletes from six different member universities who headline the 2018 American Southwest Conference Winter-Spring Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams, the league office announced on Friday.
The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recipients include Bishop (baseball), Caleb Thomasson of Sul Ross State in men’s basketball, Kendall Rollins from Mary Hardin-Baylor in women’s basketball, Levi Pettit from UTD in men’s golf, Hailey Hollas of UTD and Olivia Robinson of UMHB in women’s golf, Stefanie Polderman of UT Dallas in softball, Ryan Morton from UTD in men’s tennis, Kathy Joseph from UTD in women’s tennis, Raul Villalpando from Concordia Texas in men’s track & field and Hannah Smith of Ozarks in women’s track & field. 
Bishop helped lead the Patriots to a national championship and finished his career as the program’s all-time RBI leader and with 22 home runs. Bishop hit a home run in the NCAA Championship final game, a homer that hit the pole to give the Patriots a lead that they would surrender. It was the 199th hit of his career. In the classroom, Bishop had a 3.94 GPA while majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
The ASC West Division Player of the Year and NABC First Team All-American, Caleb Thomasson was also named an ASC First Team All-Conference selection and was also listed to the All-Defensive Team. He averaged 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds this season and ranked second in the program in scoring with 1,424 career points (17.5 ppg) and second in rebounds at 675 (8.3 rpg.). Thomasson was also the 2017-18 ASC Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year. He majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a 3.52 GPA.
Kendall Rollins was an All-Region selection and ASC West Division Player of the Year this season. She was First Team All-Conference and First Team All-West Division after leading the UMHB women to a West Division championship, the ASC Championship finals and a school NCAA Division III era record for wins in a season. Rollins averaged 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season was an ASC Academic All-Conference honoree. Rollins posted a 3.69 GPA in Management.
Levi Pettit played in seven tournaments for the Comets as a senior with a team-best scoring average of 76.41 through 17 rounds. He placed fourth at the 2018 ASC Championships with a 54-hole total of 218, earning All-Tournament honors. Pettit had career-low round of 70 in the third round of ASC Championships. He was a three-time Academic All-ASC selection for the Comets with a 3.83 GPA in Finance/Economics.
Hailey Hollas played in eight tournaments for the Comets as a senior with a scoring average of 84.20 in 15 rounds. She tied for 24th at the 2018 ASC Championships with a 36-hole total of 176. Hollas was named ASC Sportsmanship Golfer of the Year for 2018. A four-year letter-winner, she left the program with the career-record for rounds played (57) and scoring average (84.98). She was a three-time Academic All-ASC honoree during her career as well as a three-time WGCA All-American Scholar with a 3.95 GPA in Marketing.
Olivia Robinson was an ASC All-Conference selection this season and played for UMHB’s conference championship and NCAA Tournament qualifying team. She posted a stroke average of 81.31 despite having to return from major knee surgery over the Christmas break. Robinson was a WGCA All-American Scholar-Athlete and ASC Academic All-Conference selection. She was First Team ASC All-Conference as a freshman after tying for fourth place at the conference tournament. Robinson compiled a 3.79 GPA in Mass Communication.
Stefanie Polderman earns the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. She was named first team All-ASC for the second year in a row, while hitting .360 for the Comets during her senior campaign with two doubles and a home run. Polderman ranked second on the team and third in the ASC with 32 stolen bases and finished the spring with 32 runs scored and 22 RBI. A three-time Academic All-ASC selection for the Comets, she was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and three-time Academic All-District honoree with a 3.91 GPA in Biochemistry.
Ryan Morton earned All-ASC and first team All-ASC West honors after helping the Comets to a third-straight perfect run in the West Division. He earned all-conference accolades at singles flight No. 6 for UTD, recording an 8-3 record this spring, including a perfect 6-0 mark in divisional play. Morton also posted a 6-2 combined record in double action, going 4-0 in ASC West, all at No. 3. He shared the ASC Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year Award. Morton majored in Mechanical Engineering with a 3.96 GPA.
Kathy Joseph was tabbed the ASC West Most Valuable Player after leading the Comets to their first division title since moving to the West Division. She was named All-ASC and first team All-ASC West in both singles and doubles as a sophomore. Joseph posted a 15-1 record in singles action this spring, going 6-0 in ASC West play, primarily at No. 2 singles. She added a 13-2 mark in doubles play, also going 6-0 against division squads, at No. 1. Joseph was a four-time ASC West Player of the Week during the season. She posted a 3.89 GPA in Mechanical Engineering.
Raul Villalpando became the first Tornado in program history to win an individual running event title at the ASC Championships after winning the 110 meter hurdles with a new school record time of 15.05. For his individual title run, Villalpando earned All-Conference honors for the second consecutive year. He had previously broken the school record in the 110 meter hurdles at the Texas Relays earlier this season. For the year, Villalpando has the best time on the team in the 110 hurdles, 400 meter hurdles and the 400 meter dash. He also had a 3.67 GPA in Marketing.
Hannah Smith posted a dominating performance at the 2018 American Southwest Conference Championships by winning three individual titles, including the 3,000 meter steeplechase (12:18.58), 5,000 meters (18:47.55) and 1,500 meters (5:06.76). Her time in the 5,000 set a new conference championship record. For her performance, she was named the 2018 ASC Female Track Athlete of the Year. Additionally, Smith was named All-Conference and ASC Female Track Athlete of the Week during the 2018 spring season. A two-time member of the Academic All-Conference team, she has been a member of the President’s List (4.0) or Dean’s List (3.5) every semester. She also helped the team to a Team USTFCCCA Academic Award in 2016 and 2017. She owns a combined eight indoor and outdoor track records at Ozarks. Also a standout cross country runner, Smith earned All-Conference Second Team in that sport. Smith had a 3.84 GPA in Accounting.

Overall, 103 student-athletes were named to the American Southwest Conference 2018 Winter-Spring Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams.
The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams recognizes student-athletes who achieve a high level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list – limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport – the sports information directors from the 13 ASC member institutions and one affiliate member select a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in each sport.
ASC 2018 Winter-Spring Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams
+ Designates the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in each sport

Alex Bishop + UT Tyler Sr. Mechanical Engineering Calgary, Alberta
Chris Baker McMurry Sr. History San Angelo, Texas
Dakota Ebarb Ozarks Jr. Business Administration/Psychology Lavon, Texas
Casey Frazier Mary Hardin-Baylor Sr. Sport Management Salado, Texas
Hunter Garrison Hardin-Simmons So. Business Management Keller, Texas
Cliff Lunceford Howard Payne Jr. Accounting Fort Worth, Texas
Michael Munden Sul Ross State Jr. Business Administration El Paso, Texas
Andrew Robinson Louisiana College Jr. Accounting Shreveport, La.
Connor Scruggs UT Dallas Sr. Interdisciplinary Studies Garland, Texas
Gonzalo Sosa LeTourneau Sr. Business Management Houston, Texas
Dylan Sumpter East Texas Baptist Jr. Business Administration Tyler, Texas
Justin Traxler Concordia Texas Sr. Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy Austin, Texas
Tyler Wolfe Belhaven Sr. Sports Administration Houston, Texas

Men’s Basketball

Caleb Thomasson + Sul Ross State Sr. Interdisciplinary Studies Ackerly, Texas
Landin Brown East Texas Baptist So. Kinesiology Houston, Texas
David Cole Belhaven Sr. Accounting Brandon, Miss.
Aaron Gettys McMurry Sr. Business Management New Braunfels, Texas
Reagan Keogh Texas Dallas Sr. Accounting San Antonio, Texas
Aubrie King Mary Hardin-Baylor Sr. Physical Education Milano, Texas
Seth Mattson LeTourneau Jr. Pre-Medicine Kingwood, Texas
Davis Moore UT Tyler So. Psychology Martin’s Mill, Texas
Jaze Randolph Howard Payne Sr. Accounting Gustine, Texas
Joshua Samuels Concordia Texas Sr. Business Accounting Cypress, Texas
Travis Schultz Louisiana College Jr. Health & Physical Education Certification Reeves, La.
Caleb Spoon Hardin-Simmons Sr. Math Education Breckenridge, Texas

Women’s Basketball

Kendall Rollins + Mary Hardin-Baylor So. Management Fulshear, Texas
Kaycie Dunkerley Concordia Texas So. Nursing Azle, Texas
Jada Evans Howard Payne Sr. Accounting Harker Heights, Texas
Roseanna Ezell Ozarks Sr. Accounting Quitman, Ark.
Addison Garcia Hardin-Simmons Jr. Spanish and Political Science The Colony, Texas
Taylor Gass Sul Ross State Sr. Kinesiology & Human Performance Gail, Texas
Brittney Jones East Texas Baptist So. Nursing Round Rock, Texas
RyDeja McQuarn Louisiana College Jr. Pre-Occupational Therapy Alexandria, La.
Samantha Odom UT Tyler Jr. Interdisciplinary Studies Allen, Texas
Victoria Pena UT Dallas So. Finance/Economics Helotes, Texas
Susanna Reese Belhaven So. Biology Brandon, Miss.
Skyler Reyna McMurry So. Psychology San Antonio, Texas
Alexandria Thorne LeTourneau Jr. Criminal Justice Flint, Texas

Men’s Golf

Levi Pettit + UT Dallas Sr. Finance/Economics Dallas, Texas
Sam Hill UT Tyler Sr. Finance Orlando, Fla.
Michael Hunt McMurry So. Accounting Sweetwater, Texas
Daniel Kay LeTourneau Sr. Business Administration Mansfield, Texas
Kyle Revis Mary Hardin-Baylor Sr. Finance Temple, Texas
Reed Shelley Howard Payne Jr. Marketing Fort Worth, Texas
Luke Smith Hardin-Simmons Jr. Economics Montgomery, Texas
Logan Young Concordia Texas So. Undecided Normangee, Texas

Women’s Golf

Hailey Hollas + UT Dallas Sr. Marketing Richmond, Texas
Olivia Robinson + Mary Hardin-Baylor So. Mass Communication Pasadena, Texas
Kendalyn Ferguson McMurry So. All Level Physical Education Childress, Texas
Kelsie Guinn Hardin-Simmons Sr. Communication Disorders Big Spring, Texas
Julia Martin UC Santa Cruz Jr. Chemistry Cameron Park, Calif.
Holly Mendez Concordia Texas Jr. Nursing Spring Branch, Texas
Stephanie Tutt UT Tyler Sr. Civil Engineering McKinney, Texas


Stefanie Polderman + UT Dallas Sr. Biochemistry West Vancouver, B.C.
Morgan Arst East Texas Baptist So. Business Marshall, Texas
Kelsi Coleman LeTourneau Sr. EC-6 Education Mesquite, Texas
Makenzi Dawson Mary Hardin-Baylor Jr. Chemistry Robinson, Texas
Darrian Doederlein Sul Ross State Sr. Kinesiology & Human Performance Lamesa, Texas
Meg Garton Belhaven Sr. Education Overland Park, Kan.
Summer Harper Concordia Texas So. Secondary Education Cypress, Texas
Cheyanna Miller Ozarks Jr. Health Science/Music West Plains, Mo.
Whitney Romero UT Tyler So. Chemistry Lafayette, La.
Genia Salazar Hardin-Simmons Sr. Math Santa Anna, Texas
Mattie Stine Louisiana College Sr. Social Studies Education Hackberry, La.
Tonya Thompson Howard Payne Jr. Kinesiology Cisco, Texas

Men’s Tennis

Ryan Morton + UT Dallas Sr. Mechanical Engineering Odessa, Texas
Micah Austin Concordia Texas Sr. History/Political Science Bel Air, Md.
Andrew Deutsch East Texas Baptist So. Business Administration Greenwood, La.
Arthur Fagundes UT Tyler Jr. Civil Engineering Curitiba, Brazil
Christian Farris LeTourneau So. Biology El Paso, Texas
Alex Hunt Hardin-Simmons Jr. Social Studies Education Odessa, Texas
Clayton Pope McMurry Sr. Finance Abilene, Texas
Andrew Stevenson Howard Payne Sr. Social Studies Composite Whitehouse, Texas
Owen Taylor Belhaven Sr. Accounting Fayette, Ala.
Spencer Turner Ozarks Sr. Accounting Pearcy, Ark.
Cole Weiss Mary Hardin-Baylor So. Marketing Frisco, Texas

Women’s Tennis

Kathy Joseph + UT Dallas So. Mechanical Engineering Williston, Vt.
Kelsey Doege Hardin-Simmons Jr. Biology Monahans, Texas
Alexa Gallardo Sul Ross State Sr. Pre-Veterinary Medicine El Paso, Texas
Karlee Hart Ozarks So. Business Administration/Health Science Van Buren, Ark.
Shannon Kelly Mary Hardin-Baylor Jr. Elementary Education Keller, Texas
Elisa Kendall East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Houston, Texas
Erin McCleer Howard Payne Jr. Family Studies San Angelo, Texas
Symphony Munoz McMurry Sr. Sociology Monahans, Texas
Alexis Popovich Concordia Texas Jr. Business Austin, Texas
Savannah Seely UT Tyler Jr. Chemistry North Richland Hills, Texas

Men’s Track and Field

Raul Villalpando + Concordia Texas Jr. Marketing San Antonio, Texas
Zackary Biles East Texas Baptist Jr. Business Administration New Caney, Texas
TJ Cleveland McMurry Sr. Exercise Science & Human Performance Victoria, Texas
Matt Godwin UT Tyler Sr. Biology Hallsville, Texas
Arvin Hrushka LeTourneau Jr. Scripture & Theology Kaiserslautern, Germany
Nathan McEndree Hardin-Simmons So. Ministry Keller, Texas
Chase Morgan Belhaven Jr. Communications-Public Relations Merritt Island, Fla.
Joseph Parker Sul Ross State Jr. Geology Burnet, Texas

Women’s Track and Field

Hannah Smith + Ozarks Jr. Accounting Blue Eye, Mo.
Brooklen Butler East Texas Baptist So. Hospitality Management Chireno, Texas
Bethany Everett McMurry Jr. Biomedical Science Statford, Texas
MySherie Johnson Louisiana College Jr. Media Production/Journalism Marksville, La.
Kaylee Prather UT Tyler Sr. Kinesiology Elysian Fields, Texas
Logan Redding Hardin-Simmons So. Nursing Winnsboro, Texas
Brooklyn Schumaker Belhaven Sr. Biology Moscow, Idaho
Alexis Segura LeTourneau So. Kinesiology – Sport Management Austin, Texas
Emily Villines Concordia Texas Jr. Mathematics Huntsville, Texas