Westfield, MA — The Western Connecticut State University placed 18 football student-athletes on the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team that was released earlier on Tuesday by Commissioner Angela Baumann. A total of 737 student-athletes have been honored by the league, which the Colonial gridders are an affiliate member.
Student-athletes that compete in championship varsity sports offered by each of the MASCAC institutions during the Fall 2017 athletic season and have achieved a 3.20 cumulative or semester-based grade point average during the semester are eligible for selection to the Fall All-Academic Team.
"I am proud that 18 of our football student athletes earned such high honors in the MASCAC," said WestConn Athletic Director Lori R. Mazza. "Having the 'srudent-first' mentality, is seen by these young men in the classroom, which is held high regard by their professors and coaching staff. Being a student athlete at any level is difficult, so achieving this honor is a great accomplishment."
"The MASCAC had another successful semester as reflected by the large number of student-athletes recognized on the 2017 MASCAC Fall All-Academic Team," Commissioner Baumann said. "Finding success in the classroom is equally as important as success on the field of play which our student-athletes have shown time and time again. I am extremely proud of their academic accomplishments."
The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, the nation's oldest Division III men's and women's playing conference, has a rich and storied tradition of competitive success while celebrating excellence in the classroom. MASCAC member schools include Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, MCLA, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester State University. Two other institutions, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Plymouth State University, are affiliate members of the conference in the sports of football and men's ice hockey, while Western Connecticut State University joined the conference as a football affiliate member in 2013.
Student-Athlete Cl. Major Hometown/High School
Jarius Bailey So. Justice and Law Administration Cromwell, CT/Cromwell
Matthew Daddona So. Finance Watertown, CT/Watertown
Jaret DeVellis Jr. Marketing Newtown, CT/Newtown
Ethan Draper Jr. Business Administration Bethel, CT/Bethel
Joshua Foster Fr. Justice and Law Administration Vernon, CT/Rockville
Justin Gray Sr. Digital/Interactive Marketing Simsbury, CT/Simsbury
James Hilbie Sr. Health Promotion Studies Oakdale, CT/Montville
Kevin Maxen Jr. History-American Studies Southbury, CT/Pomperaug
Mike Munson Fr. Exploratory Studies Somers, CT/Somers
Robert Reis So. Health Promotion Studies Newington, CT/Newington
Ryan Sahle Fr. Pre-Secondary Education Stormville, N.Y./Carmel
Vinnie Scancarello Fr. Exploratory Studies Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury
Andrew Schimanski Fr. Political Science Torrington, CT/Torrington
Parker Tregoning So. Finance Durham, CT/Coginchaug Regional
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis Sr. Marketing Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay
Tristan Wallace Fr. Marketing Plainville, CT/New Britain
Mi-Cha-El West Jr. Social Work New Haven, CT/Wilbur Cross
Christian Wheeler So. Justice and Law Administration Vernon, CT/Rockville