IU East athletes earn academic all-conference honors


RICHMOND, Ind. – Four-time honorees Kristin Smith, Cameron Cox and Drew Houck headline the list of 37 Indiana University East student-athletes who qualified for the all-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Team for the 2014-15 school year.

It’s the highest number of academic all-conference honorees in IU East’s history.

All athletes with a cumulative 3.25 grade point average after at least two semesters of attendance at a KIAC institution are named to the all-KIAC Scholar-Athlete Team.

Smith (Richmond, Ind./Centerville High School), Cox (Farmland, Ind./Monroe Central High School) and Houck (Portland, Ind./Jay County High School), all senior golfers, were all-KIAC Scholar-Athlete honorees for the fourth consecutive year.

Junior basketball players Nick Bollenbacher (Cedar Lake, Ind./Hanover Central High School) and Jason Ray (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville High School), junior cross country/track and field athletes Alexis Brasier (Dillsboro, Ind./South Dearborn High School) and Kyle Hall (Dillsboro, Ind./South Dearborn High School), junior tennis players Connor Kramer (Shirley, Ind./Eastern Hancock High School) and Ethan Taulbee (Camden, Ohio/Preble Shawnee High School), and junior volleyball player Mallory Livingston (Union City, Ohio/Mississinawa Valley High School) made the all-KIAC Scholar-Athlete Team for the third time.

Six sophomore Red Wolves made the all-KIAC Scholar-Athlete Team for the second time: track and field athletes Morgan Stanley (Winchester, Ind./Winchester Community High School), Clint Swanson (Vevay, Ind./Switzerland County High School) and Andrew Willcox (New Paris, Ohio/Tri-Village High School), sophomore volleyball player Katrina Detwiler (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington High School North), sophomore tennis player Brittany Hethcox (New Castle, Ind./New Castle High School) and sophomore basketball player Matthew Werner (Lewisburg, Ohio/Tri-Village High School).

The Red Wolves women’s basketball team led the athletic department with eight all-KIAC Scholar-Athlete selections.

More than 37 percent of IU East’s student athletes made the all-KIAC Scholar-Athlete Team.

IU East’s All-KIAC Scholar-Athletes are (listed by primary sport):

Men’s basketball: Nick Bollenbacher, Lucas Huffman (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central High School), Brad Hunt (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County High School), Jason Ray, Parker Salinas (Kokomo, Ind./Indiana University Kokomo) and Matthew Werner.

Women’s basketball: Mackenzie Boles (Lapel, Ind./Lapel High School), Mackenzie Campbell (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated High School), Kaitlin Dobbins (Anderson, Ind./Lapel High School), Bailey Dreiman (Vincennes, Ind./Rivet High School), Taylor Hatfield (Etna Green, Ind./Triton High School), Tia King (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central High School), Kristen Miller (Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa-Glandorf High School) and Keragan Niehoff (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated High School).

Men’s cross country/track and field: Mahto-Wanji Fast Horse (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County High School), Kyle Hall, Adam Klipstine (Ansonia, Ohio/Arcanum High School), T.J. Mills (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County High School), Clint Swanson and Andrew Willcox.

Women’s cross country/track and field: Alexis Brasier, Kelsey Buehner (Eaton, Ohio/National Trail High School), Heather Ferris (New Madison, Ohio/Tri-Village High School), Morgan Stanley and Grace Yeaton (Batesville, Ind./Home school).

Men’s golf: Cameron Cox and Drew Houck

Women’s golf: Kristin Smith and Amanda Thackrey (Hagerstown, Ind./Hagerstown High School)

Men’s tennis: Seth Gard (Richmond, Ind./Northeastern High School), Connor Kramer, Clay Ratliff (Knightstown, Ind./Knightstown High School) and Ethan Taulbee.

Women’s tennis: Brittany Hethcox

Volleyball: Katrina Detwiler, Katelyn Kelly (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community High School) and Mallory Livingston.