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Saint Francis athletes excel on, off court

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Five Cougars recognized for academic achievement

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 12:01 am

The University of Saint Francis men's basketball program has long been known for its on-court achievements. This past season the Cougars also excelled off the court.

Five members of the 2012-13 squad were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, which recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past school year.

Seniors Kevin Bloom, Ethan Hussey and Brad Sneary were recognized, as were juniors Scott Kohne and Zach Welklin.

“It is a prestigious honor and our staff is proud of these players for their dedication in the classroom as well as on the basketball court,” Saint Francis Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey said in a release.

The Cougars led the Crossroads League in honored players and set a program mark for most players to receive the award.

Those considered for the award must be a junior or senior and have at least a 3.2 grade-point average at the conclusion of the current season.

Homestead grad recognized

Hope College senior Chris Ray was one of three players from his team named to the Honors Court.

The Homestead High School graduate received the honor for the second consecutive season.

Ray was a business management major and was also named to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll for maintaining a minimum 3.5 grade-point average during the 2012-13 school year.