Local products earn All-Academic honors at Catawba, guide Lenoir-Rhyne volleyball to NCAA Tournament

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Catawba placed two players on the 2015 Academic All-Super Region 2 Football Team, which are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Junior quarterback Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) and senior wide receiver Gary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS) were among 23 players selected to the team.

Gary Williams, top and Mike Sheehan excel on and off the field at Catawba. Photo courtesy- Catawba Athletics
Gary Williams, top and Mike Sheehan excel on and off the field at Catawba. Photo courtesy- Catawba Athletics

Sheehan has a 3.97 GPA, while majoring in business.  He has been named to the Dean’s List four times and has twice been on the Presidential Honor Roll.  He led the conference in most passing categories in 2014 and has accounted for 15 touchdowns this season, rushing for eight and throwing for five.

Williams is an accounting major with a 3.46 GPA.  He has been named to the Dean’s List four times and was second on the team with 32 receptions in 2014.  This year, Williams has made a dozen catches with three total touchdowns.

Catawba saw their season come to an end in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs following a 26-16 setback to Tuskegee. The Indians closed the year 9-3 overall and finished 6-1 in the South Atlantic Conference, claiming its first league title since 2007 and its first outright championship since 2001.

For the third time in four years, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team has earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

The Bears (23-7), winners of 11 straight matches, is the seventh seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament and face second-seeded Flagler (23-7) in the opening round on Friday, December 4, at the Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C.

Local standouts Jillian Born (Laney) and Brandi Thomas (Ashley) have played a key role in the team’s success this season. Thomas is fourth on the team in kills (210), while Born has 51 assists, 21 service aces and 250 digs.