Soccer players earn academic honors

Scott Preckwinkle and Ross Middlemiss from Sonoma State, along with San Francisco State’s Robin Bowman and Cal Poly Pomona’s Bethany Meichsner represented the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) on the ESPN The Magazine District VIII Academic All-District Team that was announced on Thursday.

The All-District VIII team is made up of NCAA Division II and III players as well as players from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and two-year colleges. District VIII comprises schools from Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and British Columbia.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade point average and be a starter or key reserve. The award is voted on by district Sports Information Directors. From all of the schools eligible, only 11 players are selected.

Middlemiss, an Academic All-District selection last year, has continued his superb work in the classroom, but his athletic prowess has increased tenfold. The Arcata native leads the entire west region in goals with 17 and his CCAA-leading total is eight more than second place. His 41 points and 74 shots attempted are also the best in the conference. Middlemiss is majoring in biology with a minor in Environmental Studies.

Preckwinkle, a senior defender from Sonoma, has been an anchor on the Seawolves’ outstanding defensive unit. A starter since his freshman year, Preckwinkle has found a knack for scoring goals in clutch situations. He scored twice in last year’s CCAA semifinals and scored the game-tying goal just minutes from the end of regulation against Fresno Pacific earlier this year. Preckwinkle is majoring in Kinesiology.

Bowman, a criminal justice major, is the only CCAA student-athlete selected to First Team.

Bowman has earned Dean’s List honors at San Francisco State the past three semesters and also has been named to the San Francisco State Department of Athletics Honor Roll. A year ago, she earned All-CCAA Academic honors and was selected All-CCAA. The senior midfielder leads the Gators this season with her nine goals and 20 points (two came from assists). Of her nine goals, five were game-winners this season.

Meichsner, a junior from Redlands, Calif., was named second team All-Academic. A psychology, management human resource major, Meichsner has totaled four points in 12 matches for Cal Poly Pomona.