PERU – Gunnar Orcutt (Omaha), a former Peru State football player, was a finalist for the recently announced 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year for the College Division.
Senior men’s basketball player Kyle Steigenga of Cornerstone University has been named as the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year for the College Division, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Google Cloud Academic All-America® College Division teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. This the seventh year that CoSIDA has named College Division Academic All-America® teams.
Women’s track & field/cross country runner Leah Esposito (Carroll College) earned the College Division Academic All-America® of the Year the past two years. Park University women’s volleyball player Wanessa Siqueira captured the award in 2014-15. Men’s soccer player Stephen Lunney(Martin Methodist College) collected the honor in 2013-14. Women’s soccer player Mia Persson (Lindsey Wilson College) earned the award in 2012-13 while Jamie Achten of the Lee University women’s soccer team was selected in 2011-12.
A senior education and kinesiology major from Holland, Michigan, Steigenga owns a 3.97 GPA. Steigenga joins an elite class of three-time first-team Academic All-America® honorees. He is a two-time Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic.
“To be chosen as the recipient of an award that epitomizes the true definition of a student-athlete is a high honor,” said Kyle Steigenga. “However, I could not have achieved what I did in the classroom and on the court in my four years if it were not for the tremendous support I received from my teachers, coaches, teammates, fellow students, and many others in the Cornerstone community.”
Orcutt was the Football 2017 Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year. He was the second Bobcat football player to have earned the recognition as Logan Paben (former Columbus, now Elkhorn) earned the top honor in 2015.
Currently, Orcutt is beginning medical school in Tennessee after graduating from Peru State in May with a 4.00 grade point average after studying biochemical science.
2017-18 GOOGLE CLOUD SPORT-BY-SPORT COLLEGE DIVISION
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA® OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
|Amber Alexander, Vanguard||Women’s Basketball||Gr.||Education, 4.00 (UG), 4.00 (G)|
|Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor||Women’s Soccer||Jr.||Biology, 3.79|
|Olivia Brees, Baker||Softball||Jr.||Elementary Education, 3.85|
|Augie Isaacson, Friends||Baseball||Jr.||Criminal Justice, 4.00|
|Jason Kenny, Morningside||Men’s Track/XC||Sr.||Applied Agricultural & Food Studies, 4.00|
|Christina Klouda, Cumberlands||Women’s At-Large||Jr.||Biology & Chemistry, 4.00|
|Kevin Konfederak, Georgia Gwinnett||Men’s At-Large||Sr.||Business Marketing, 4.00|
|Samantha Liermann, Corncordia (Neb.)||Women’s Track/XC||Jr.||Recreation and Sport Studies/Business Administration, 3.99|
|Gunnar Orcutt, Peru State||Football||Sr.||Biochemical Science, 4.00|
|Katie Placke, Hastings||Volleyball||Sr.||Human Resource Management, 4.00|
|Lucas Prolow, Johnson & Wales (Colo.)||Men’s Soccer||Sr.||Business Administration, 4.00|
|Kyle Steigenga, Cornerstone||Men’s Basketball||Sr.||Education-Kinesiology, 3.97|