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Posted by Chris Wells - Tue, Jul. 18, 2017 - [ MSC ] - Viewed 557 times

NAIA Scholar Teams

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Ninety-one Mid-South Conference teams earn 2016-17 NAIA Scholar-Team honors, NAIA officials announced on Tuesday.

Eighty-three scholar teams come from the Mid-South's full members while the conference's affiliate members produced another eight.

To be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, a team must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all student-athletes on the eligibility certificate.

Cumberlands (Ky.) leads the way for the Mid-South with 16 Scholar Teams while Campbellsville (Ky.) follows closely with 15. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Pikeville (Ky.) and Cumberland (Tenn.) also produced double-digit scholar teams. Lindsey Wilson has 13 while Pikeville and Cumberland add 11 and 10 respectively.

Georgetown (Ky.) possesses nine NAIA Scholar Teams while Shawnee State (Ohio) has seven and Life (Ga.) two to complete the MSC full members. Bethel (Tenn.) (4), Reinhardt (Ga.) (2), Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) (1) and Loyola (La.) (1) make up the affiliate members with teams that play in the Mid-South Conference.

Cumberlands' women's golf team produced the highest grade-point average in the Mid-South during the academic year with a 3.68 GPA. Campbellsville women's golf and Cumberland volleyball finished tied for the second highest GPA with a 3.66.

A total of 1,677 NAIA teams earned the distinction during 2016-17. Arizona Christian's women's cross country, Indiana Tech's women's golf and Midland's (Neb.) women's volleyball tied for an NAIA-best 3.90 GPA.