Burneo adds top academic accolade

Colorado Mesa University women’s soccer player Sam Burneo received another academic award Monday.

The senior defender made the Capital One Academic All-America team with a 3.92 grade-point average in kinesiology. She was selected the RMAC Academic Player of the Year earlier this fall.

Burneo started all 18 games for the Mavericks, who had five shutouts this season. She scored two goals and had one assist.

The academic All-America team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The Mavericks also received the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) 2012-13 Academic Team Award for a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher with a 3.33 GPA.

Mesa was one of nine RMAC women’s teams to receive the award, which is for the team’s GPA for the entire 2012-13 school year.

Home Debuts

The Colorado Mesa men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home openers this weekend at Brownson Arena in the annual Holiday Inn-Airport Thanksgiving Classic.

The men (0-2) host the University of Montana Western (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday and CSU-Pueblo (1-1) at 7 p.m. Sunday. CSU-Pueblo plays Montana Western at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Montana Western is ranked eighth in NAIA and reached the national quarterfinals last season.

The eighth-ranked Colorado Mesa women (2-0) host Montana Western, Dixie State and Western State. Mesa plays Montana Western at 5 p.m. Friday and Dixie State at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Western State plays Dixie State at 3 p.m. Friday and Montana Western at 3 p.m. Saturday.

National qualifiers

Four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference volleyball teams received NCAA Division II tournament bids, but not Colorado Mesa.

RMAC regular-season champion Colorado School of Mines (24-6) received the No. 2 seed and plays No. 7 seed Western New Mexico (23-6) in the first round.

Metro State (20-10) automatically qualified by winning the RMAC tournament last weekend and is seeded fifth. The Roadrunners play No. 4 seed Regis (17-12).

West Texas A&M (31-3) is the No. 1 seed and South Central Region host. The Buffaloes won the Lone Star Conference regular season and tournament titles.

They play No. 8 seed and Heartland Conference tournament champion Dallas Baptist (18-15). Angelo State (23-9) is the three seed and plays six seed Texas Woman’s (22-6).

The tournament begins Dec. 5.

Harlon Hill Finalist

Chadron State running back Glen Clinton is one of nine finalists for the 28th Harlon Hill Award, given to the NCAA Division II college football player of the year.

The senior ranks 10th nationally in rushing (138 yards per game) and has 13 touchdowns.

Other finalists include 2012 finalists West Texas A&M quarterback Dusty Vaughn and Bloomsburg (Pa.) University running back Franklyn Quiteh.

National voting concludes Dec. 7 with the top three finishers invited to the presentation banquet on Dec. 20 in Florence, Ala.


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