3 Mavs on All-RMAC academic first team
Three Colorado Mesa basketball players made the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic first team, more than any other school in the conference.
Mike Melillo made the men’s first team, and Sharaya Selsor and Taylor Rock made the women’s first team, announced Tuesday by the conference.
Melillo, a junior guard from Boulder, has a 3.77 grade-point average in business administration. Selsor, a senior guard from Glenwood Springs, has a 3.52 GPA in sports management, and Rock, a senior guard from Smithfield, Utah, has a 3.97 GPA in exercise science.
In all, 11 Mavericks made the team, again the most in the conference, with seven players on the honor roll. From the men’s team, senior Mac Alexander, junior Landon Vermeer and redshirt freshmen Kane Gunther and Nate Hawley made the honor roll.
Seniors Christen Lopez and Hanna Bowden, sophomore Laurel Kasel and freshman Tawni Middleton made the women’s honor roll.
Alexander has a 3.42 GPA in exercise science, Vermeer a 3.52 GPA in business, Gunther a 3.69 GPA in business and Hawley a 3.9 GPA in business.
Lopez has a 3.69 GPA in biology, Bowden a 3.44 GPA in sports management, Kasel a 3.91 GPA in business and Middleton had a 4.00 in biology.
Metro State’s Mitch McCarron is the men’s RMAC Academic Player of the Year with a 3.87 GPA in sport industry operations, and Ashley Kuchar of Fort Lewis is the women’s Academic Player of the Year with a 3.95 GPA in psychology.
Still No. 5
The Mavericks’ women’s basketball team remains No. 5 in the USA Today/WBCA coaches poll, one of six undefeated teams in NCAA Division II.
Colorado Mesa is 14-0, 10-0 in conference play. Bentley (Mass.) University is still No. 1 with a 14-0 record, followed by Gannon (Pa.) University (16-0), Emporia State (Kan.) University (16-0) and Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University (12-0).
Regional rankings won’t be released until mid-February, but it’s shaping up to be a race in the South Central Region. West Texas A&M is 11-1 and ranked seventh in the nation, with Tarleton State (Texas) 12-1 and tied for No. 14.
Colorado Mesa football players Jake Edmiston and Michael Brady were selected to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Four team.
Edmiston, a senior linebacker, made the first team. He set the Division II single season records for tackles (177), solo tackles (102) and tackles per game (16.1).
Brady, a senior safety, made the second team. He was eighth in the nation with six interceptions this season.
The Don Hansen team is named after longtime small-college-football advocate Don Hansen. He started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, including selecting All-Region and All-America teams.
Spring is coming
The Colorado Mesa baseball team began practice for the 2014 season Monday.
The Mavericks are ranked 16th in the American Baseball Coaches Association Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II preseason poll.
Mesa opens the season Feb. 7-9 with a three-game series against former RMAC rival Nebraska-Kearney at Suplizio Field.
The softball team begins practice next week, along with the other spring sports.
CMU’s Bacall Sterling reached an NCAA Division II indoor track and field provisional mark in the triple jump at the Air Force All-Comers meet on Saturday in Colorado Springs.
The sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., had a leap of 38 feet, 6.25 inches, good for sixth best in all of Division II.
The Mavericks’ men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams compete Saturday at the Adams State Opener.
— Patti Arnold contributed to this report.