Bryan Softball Player Cheyenne Wilson Named receives honor
DAYTON, Tenn. – This week, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 466 women’s softball student-athletes who have been named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Softball Scholar-Athletes, and Bryan College’s lone representative is Cheyenne Wilson. In order to be nominated by an institution’s sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
The Appalachian Athletic Conference was well represented for their efforts in the classroom with 11 schools making the list, which are all but two members. Leading the pack is Tennessee Wesleyan University with seven, Milligan College (Tenn.) trails with four, Union College (Ky.) follows with three, and six schools that consist of Reinhardt University (Ga.), Point University (Ga.), Brenau University (Ga.), Montreat College (N.C.), Bluefield College (Va.), and Columbia College (S.C.) all tied with two apiece. Bryan and St. Andrews University (N.C.) matched each other with one, respectively.
Wilson, a junior and Sarasota, Fla. native, has helped the Lions at both third base and behind the plate catching this season. She’s studying exercise health science with a pre-therapy option. In addition to the scholar-athlete honors, Wilson was one of eight Lions to make the All-Academic Team. To make the Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher.
Wilson and the rest of the Lions were guided by first-year Head Coach Mark Ritchhart who led the team to a 9th-place finish in the AAC regular-season standings with a 12-31 overall record and 9-14 conference record. Despite not making the conference tournament, the Lions improved overall at the plate with one of the more difficult schedules in the country. The Lions had six bouts with top-10 teams and another eight in the top-25. Bryan lifted their batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage compared to last year’s numbers. This year, Bryan ended above Bluefield, St. Andrews, Columbia, and Allen.