Bulldog athletes honored for academics

By Steve Sell
March 14, 2019

Four members of the McPherson College women’s basketball team have been named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes and six Bulldogs in all have been honored for winter sports.

The women’s basketball players include Victoria Gonzalez, Elle Gillen, Danielle Holt and Brooke DeLuca. 

“I am proud of the work these ladies have done in the classroom to receive this recognition from the NAIA,” Mac coach Josh Nichols said. “Victoria is committed to her education and is a valuable member to our team. Elle puts her passion into everything she does, that includes the classroom. Brooke is one of the most driven individuals I have ever coached and her leadership to our team will be missed. Dani is one the hardest working players we had this year and she works equally as hard in the classroom.”

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a junior in academic standing, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and have been at the institution a minimum of one year.

Garrett Owen was named for the men’s basketball team.

“I’m happy to see Garrett receive this honor,” Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “He joins a long list of other former Bulldog basketball players on receiving it. I think it’s great that NAIA recognizes athletes who excel in the classroom as well as on the court.”

Cali Godwin of the cheer squad gives the Bulldogs six recipients.

“Cali is a very driven young lady, who is absolutely deserving of this recognition,” Mac coach Ashlee Annis said. “She is extremely involved on campus and does a great job of gracefully balancing all of her responsibilities.”