Area Colleges: Wicke, Belmont continue to collect academic honors

Monday, June 8, 2009 at 3:45pm
Staff reports

Former Belmont basketball player Andy Wicke was named the 2009 recipient of the Atlantic Sun postgraduate scholarship, the conference announced on Monday.

Faculty athletic representatives of the A-Sun institutions selected Wicke, who graduated with a 3.74 GPA in environmental studies with a minor in business administration. He has enrolled at the University of Louisville dental school and will begin study there this summer.

In recent weeks, Wicke also received a $7,500 NCAA postgraduate scholarship, the Belmont University Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and was a member of the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Scholar-Athlete teams.

• In related news, Belmont earned the Atlantic Sun’s All-Academic Trophy. It was the seventh time in eight years the award has gone to Belmont, which had two-thirds of its 2008-09 student-athletes earn All-Academic honors.

“We continue to marvel at the vast achievement of our student-athletes,” Mike Strickland, Belmont’s director of athletics said in a release. “Embodying lofty standards in the classroom while also competing for and winning championships on the field of play is something that merits high praise.”

BRIEFLY

• Tennessee State’s 1982 football team, which went 9-0-1 and included notable players such as Richard Dent, Larry Kinnebrew and Golden Tate, will be honored at the 11th Annual John Merritt Classic, Sept. 5 at LP Field. TSU will face Alabam A&M in that contest.

• Vanderbilt’s cross country team Allie Scalf, of Science Hill, and Kristen Findley, from Ojai, Calif., to national letters of intent. Scalf was a three-time TSSAA AAA state champion this spring.