34 MSU student-athletes named to 2021 NSIC Fall All-Academic Teams

Juggling a busy fall of competition on the field and courts with their studies, Minot State’s student-athletes excelled in the classroom and were recognized for their dedication by the NSIC as the league announced its 2021 NSIC Fall All-Academic Teams.

Earning honors as exceptional student-athletes were 34 Beavers who competed in cross country, football, soccer, and volleyball over the past three months. To be named to the NSIC All-Academic Team a student-athlete must be an active member of their team, in their second season of competition with the program, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in all of their collegiate schoolwork.

Of the 34 Minot State student-athletes honors, more than half earned special recognition as 20 Beavers were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Leading the way in earning NSIC All-Academic honors were 17 student-athletes from the Minot State football team, 13 of whom were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence: Jordan Will, a senior from Minot; Lafayette Bade, a junior from Elk River, Minn.; Kyle VanBerkom, a junior from Powers Lake; Philip Green, a senior from Parker, Colo.; Payton O’Connor, a sophomore from Regina, Saskatchewan.; Roma’n Grissett Jr., a senior from Ruskin, Fla.; Joel Ramnath, a senior from Edmonton, Alberta; Terek Enget, a junior from Powers Lake; David Schneibel, a junior from Rugby; Spencer Gordon, a senior from Bozeman, Mont.; Sir-Wallace Chanel, a sophomore from Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Sean Hoover, a junior from Simi Valley, Calif.; and Pelenatino Vito, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz.

Earning NSIC All-Academic honors from the Minot State football team were: Isaiah Bigby, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev.; Carson Medeiros, a junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho; Nathan Scott, a junior from Littleton, Colo.; and Carson Cayko, a junior from Fairview, Mont.

Nine student-athletes were honored from the Beaver women’s soccer team led by NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence members: Sofia Lewis, a graduate student from Minot; Hannah Mitchell, a graduate student from Phoenix, Ariz.; and Daniela Nardelli, a junior from Arco, Italy.

Also earning NSIC All-Academic honors from the soccer team were: Madeline Kindred, a senior from Soldotna, Alaska; Sheneill Lymer, a sophomore from South Normanton, England; Mackenzie Long, a senior from Pleasanton, Calif.; Sarah Upton, a junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Chloe Allan, a junior from Durham, England; and Melanie van Walstijn, a senior from Zijderveld, Netherlands.

Honored from the Minot State women’s cross-country team as NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence members were: Monica Okopal, a junior from Reno, Nev.; Alicia Murillo, a junior from Corning, Calif.; and Caitlin Cornell, a junior from San Marcos, Calif.; along with Lauren Reeves, a junior from Anaheim, Calif., who earned NSIC All-Academic honors.

Honored from the Beaver men’s cross-country team was: Jacob Jensen, a junior from Belcourt, who was named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence; and Tito Gonzalez, a senior from Freemont, Neb., who earned NSIC All-Academic honors.

And honored from the Minot State volleyball team were: seniors Sophia Peterson from Huntington Beach, Calif.; and Kayla Verity from Carnduff, Saskatchewan, who earned NSIC All-Academic honors.


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