Five student-athletes, team recognized for academic excellence

Five student-athletes, team recognized for academic excellence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five Lewis & Clark upperclassmen were selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, the organization announced earlier this week, giving the Pioneers the second-most honorees from the Northwest Conference on the list.

The Pios were also chosen for the NABC's Team Academic Excellence Awards.

Carl Appleton, Kristian Grobecker and Jason Luhnow, all seniors on last year's team, were selected to the Honors Court, as were Alex Jones and Cory Coombe, both of whom are expected to return for the Pioneers in 2016-17. Those chosen for the Honors Court must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the end of 2015-16.

Appleton, who received the Wilma Rudolph Award last month, earned a spot on Lewis & Clark's Spring 2016 Dean's List as a Sociology & Anthropology major. A transfer from Portland Community College, Appleton finished 61st among NCAA Div. III basketball players in total rebounds during his junior season, totaling 352 rebounds during his two seasons for the Pios.

Like Appleton, Grobecker competed for men's basketball and football last year. He shot 45 percent during the 2015-16 season and majored in Economics.

Luhnow finished his Pios career with 1,001 points scored. The Rhetoric and Media Studies major made the Spring 2016 Dean's List and earned All-NWC honors for the second-straight season last year.

A starter in 23 of the Pios' 24 games last season, Jones made the Spring 2016 Dean's List. The Biology major scored 6.4 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the floor during his junior year.

Coombe played 20.7 minutes per game last season, scoring 5.5 points per game and shooting 41 percent from 3-point range, second-best on the team. The Economics major is from nearby Lake Oswego High School, as is Luhnow.

Appleton, Jones and Luhnow also earned Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete honors, along with teammate Evan Davison.

The Pios have made the NWC tournament seven of the last eight seasons, including an NWC final appearance in 2014-15.