Janine Kuwahara of the NCAA national champion Bearkat women’s bowling team has been a leader both in athletics and in the classroom for Sam Houston this spring.

Her accomplishments along with the rest of the SHSU’s 350 student-athletes have led to amazing Bearkat success both competitively and in the classroom this spring.

Kuwahara posted a 192.31 average in five-player team matches during the 2013-14 season which saw the SHSU bowlers earn their third trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in the program’s four-year history.

The squad returned from Cleveland, Ohio, with the university’s first NCAA Division I national title, defeating defending champion Nebraska in a thrilling showdown on ESPN television.

The freshman management major from Davao City, Mindanao in the Philippines also is one of seven Sam Houston student-athletes who hold a perfect 4.0 overall grade point average (GPA) as Bearkats.

Performances like this are why the SHSU's intercollegiate sports teams have posted another overall grade point average above the 3.0 mark while winning an NCAA national title, four Southland Conference team championships and a fifth Southland Commissioner’s Cup All-Sports victory.

Sam Houston’s 3.01 department GPA this spring combined with a record 3.04 in the fall make the 2013-14 season the Kats’ most successful year ever in the classroom. Kat student-athletes have hit the 3.0 mark or higher for three consecutive semesters and four of the last five semesters.

Alyssa Coggins (softball), Tayler Gray (volleyball and softball), Daniel Jones (men’s track & field), Maggie Lorenz (women’s basketball), Maddie Mortimore (tennis) and Joshua Reynolds (football) also own perfect 4.0 overall GPAs.

Again this spring, seven Sam Houston sports teams produced overall GPAs above 3.0.

The volleyball team led all sports in the spring with a 3.49 GPA. Also above the 3.0 mark were tennis (3.44), men’s golf (3.41), bowling (3.36), women’s golf (3.31), soccer (3.27) and women’s track (3.22).

These performances highlight the SHSU Department of Athletics spring 2014 Academic Report released this week by associate athletic director for student services Chris Thompson and assistant athletic director for student services Jessica Payne.

"Seven of our sports teams produced team grade point averages higher than 3.0 both during the fall and spring semesters this year. We've never had a season with that many of our sports teams over 3.0 before," Sam Houston director of athletics Bobby Williams said. "We are extremely proud of our student-athlete's achievements in the classroom and commend our coaching staff for the job they do in recruiting quality student-athletes. The number one goal for each of our sports teams is to have our young men and women earn the Sam Houston degrees."

Other academic highlights for SHSU athletics this semester included regional and league recognition of the success of Bearkat players.

Coggins, a graduate student from Sealy, earned 2014 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors in softball with her perfect 4.00 grade point average (GPA) in business administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business with a 3.76 overall GPA.

Sam Houston had two individuals – Anthony Azar in baseball and Lygia Foreman in women’s track and field – recognized as the Southland’s “Student-Athlete of the Year” in their sport.

Since 2007, 17 Bearkats have earned Southland "Student-Athlete of the Year" a total of 20 times. Sam Houston student-athletes have earned Academic All-League selection a total of 730 times.

A total of 156 Sam Houston student-athletes were named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2013-14 sports season.

The league’s Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) during the semester in which their sport’s championship competition occurred.

Twenty-seven of the 156 Bearkats on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll also were named Academic All-Southland Conference, recognizing their accomplishments on the field of play as well as in the classroom.

The head coach, academic coordinator and sports information director from each Southland member votes on the Academic All-Southland team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 overall GPA or higher and be a starter or frontline reserve.


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