AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Six Student Princes have been pegged Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference performers as women's basketball leads the way with four.
Sophomores Shelby Dearth, Allie Hawkins, Jackie Abrecht and Nicole Payne all claim Academic All-OAc honors for the first time. Dearth, a Cloverleaf native, leads the pack with a 4.0 gpa followed by Payne's 3.71 and Abrecht's 3.60. Hawkins rounds out the group with a gpa of 3.51.
The quartet helped first year head coach Morgan Shriver and the Heidelberg women's basketball team reach the OAC Tournament for the first time in four years. Shriver's crew finished 12-14 in 2013-14, a great leap forward for a women's basketball program that has struggled in recent seasons.
Junior Cole Williams was the only men's basketball player to be tabbed as an academic all-conference selection. The Tiffin native and business administration major owns a gpa of 3.65. Williams was mostly a role player for first year coach Andy Bucheit as he finished his junior campaign averaging 9.2 points per game against OAC opponents.
Junior Richard Dowdley is the lone 'Berg grappler to be named an Academic All-OAC performer. Richard is an accounting major that holds a 4.0 gpa. After finding success on the mat at 174-pounds, Dowdley just narrowly missed becoming a two-time NCAA Qualifier.
The Ginn Academy graduate can add this Academic All-OAC selection to the first team All-OAC he was honored with following the 2013-14 season. The Cleveland native navigated the 174 lbs. weight class without surrendering a loss to an OAC opponent to claim first team honors.
Indoor track & field academic honors are included with the spring selections.