Seven Foresters earn All-America Scholar Athlete awards

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2002-12-27
Huntington, Ind.— Seven Huntington College student-athletes earned the highest academic honor bestowed upon an athlete for his or her respective sport. The NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) awards the All-America Scholar Athlete honor to those junior- and senior-standing athletes who combine the skill of the playing field with excellence in the classroom. For the fall season, three women’s soccer players and four cross country harriers earned the prestigious award.

Erin Abbey is a senior Educational Ministries major from Milbury, Ohio. This is her second All-America Scholar Athlete honor for soccer. She also earned the honor last spring as a Forester track member. Abbey is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma (the athletic honor society), and has earned many Dean’s List honors. This season, she scored 18 goals, breaking the school record in most goals scored in a season. For her efforts, Abbey was named to the Mid-Central Conference first-team and also to the NAIA All-Region VIII second-team. She is an All-American for the Forester track and field team.

Liz Ballard is a senior Elementary Education major from Huntington, Ind. This is her first All-America Scholar Athlete honor in women’s soccer. Ballard was a four-year starter for the Foresters as goalkeeper. This season, she was named to the NAIA All-Region VIII second-team. Ballard is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and has earned many Dean’s List honors.

Amber Hirschy is a junior Business-Management major from Huntington, Ind. This is her first All-America Scholar Athlete honor for women’s soccer. She is a three-year defensive starter for the Foresters. She is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and has earned many Dean’s List honors. Hirschy has also been an active member of the Student Senate at Huntington College for two years.

Chris Buehrer is a junior Elementary Education major from Archbold, Ohio. This is his first All-America Scholar Athlete honor for men’s cross country. He is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi (the International Honor Society for Educators), and has earned many Dean’s List honors. Buehrer is also a key member to the Forester track and field team.

Rick Hammer is a senior Business-Management major from Hudson, Ind. This is his second All-America Scholar Athlete honor for men’s cross country. He is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and has earned many Dean’s List honors. Hammer, also a key member for the Forester track and field squad, qualified to the 2002 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in the 3000 meter run.

Carrie Reese is a senior History Education major from Mount Cory, Ohio. This is her second All-America Scholar Athlete honor for women’s cross country. She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, and has earned many Dean’s List honors. Reese competed at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships three out of four years for the Foresters.

Brooke Welch is a junior Broadcast Communication major from Berne, Ind. This is her first All-America Scholar Athlete honor for women’s cross country. Welch has earned many Dean’s List honors and is a two-time national qualifier for the Forester cross country team.

The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past six years, Huntington has produced 39 All-America honors and 67 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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