Union basketball teams recognized for academic achievements

The Gulf South Conference recently announced the members of the 2014-2015 Honor Roll and All-Academic team.

Union’s men’s and women’s basketball teams provided 13 players total to the GSC Honor Roll, while three players were named to the All-Academic team.

The Lady Bulldogs had seven players named to the GSC Honor Roll, while the Bulldogs named six players.

In addition, Amy Philamlee, senior exercise science major and guard, Kelsey Risner, junior exercise science major and guard and Felipe Rocha, junior international business major and forward, were named All-Academic for the GSC.

To be considered for the All-Academic award, a player must have a 3.2 grade point average and at least be a sophomore. The sports information directors at each school collaborate with faculty athletic representatives from the league to determine the players who will receive the award.

For the honor roll, student athletes with a 3.0 GPA may be eligible to win recognition.

Union’s Philamlee, Risner, Chelsea Bodiford, junior exercise science major and guard, Amber Rechis, senior exercise science major and guard, Bryanna Robinson, junior social work major and guard, Emily Sissom, senior special education major and guard and DeAnna Thompson, senior physical education major and forward, represented the Lady Bulldogs for the GSC Honor Roll.

Rocha, Thomas Greer, senior intercultural studies major and guard, Pedro Faller, senior business management major and guard, Eric Leisey, senior business administration major and forward,  Zach Phillips, sophomore business administration major and guard and Tyler Stocking, junior media communications major and forward, were the men’s basketball representatives for the GSC Honor Roll.

With such a large representation for excelling in academics, Union ranked fifth in the GSC for overall number of athletes on the honor roll.

“I have in my mind that I can never waste any free time,” Rocha said. “Hard work, teamwork, discipline and dedication are qualities I attempt to exemplify in everything I do, whether on the basketball court, in the classroom or in life in general.”

Risner also provided some advice as to how she stays on top of thing and manages her time.

“I have a planner that helps me keep up with everything and stay very organized in order to balance basketball and my school work,” Risner said. “Plan your time, especially for studying, study a little a long the way and don’t cram.”

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