Aug. 14, 2003

Cullowhee, N.C. - The Southern Conference announced its 2002-03 Academic Honor Roll today, with 105 Western Carolina student-athletes making the list.

The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars.

The Catamounts had 37 student-athletes post a GPA of 3.5 or better for the 2002-03 academic year, including four student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Those four are Brian Pesci (Football), Yoneko Allen (Women's Basketball), Summer Thagard (Women's Basketball) and Brandy Anderson (Women's Golf).

Western Carolina's student-athletes posted a GPA over 3.0 for the spring semester, improving their cumulative GPA to 3.007 for their careers.

Nearly 1,400 student-athletes from 12 member institutions were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2002-03 year. The 1,395 names are the second most on the list in league history.

Southern Conference athletic directors established the honor roll prior to the 1988-89 athletic year as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. After 364 earned the honor the first year, the honor roll has increased in 10 of the 13 subsequent years.

Western Carolina University's 2002-03 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll Student-Athletes.

Ben Brooks          Football
Chris Dankmeyer     Football
Buck Freeman        Football
Justin Fryer        Football
Dunstan Kendrick    Football
Jamaal Mayo         Football
Brian Pesci         Football
Caleb Queen         Football
Shon Rowser         Football
Lamont Seward       Football
Brent Silver        Football
Chris Vought        Football
Jason Whaley        Football
Jarrett Wishon      Football

Rans Brempong M-Basketball Taylor Yanchar M-Basketball

Alan Beck Baseball Todd Buchanan Baseball Joe Camac Baseball Jeremy Ellenburg Baseball Ryan Foster Baseball Seth Foster Baseball Pat Hackett Baseball Ryan McCurry Baseball Michael Munoz Baseball Matt Nelson Baseball Clint Ramsey Baseball Todd Roper Baseball

Yoneko Allen W-Basketball Christy Blackwell W-Basketball Chantia Broderick W-Basketball Melissa Ervin W-Basketball Jennifer Gardner W-Basketball Ki-Ki Glass W-Basketball Miranda Long W-Basketball Summer Thagard W-Basketball

Lauren Bramlett Soccer Megan Chambers Soccer Casey Davis Soccer Kyla Deon Soccer Meghan Doherty Soccer Morgan Foresman Soccer Natasha Moore Soccer Marie Nicolini Soccer Emily Pierce Soccer Sarah Rice Soccer Natalie Turgeon Soccer

Ryan Barry M-Golf Gorham Bradley M-Golf Tim Eckberg M-Golf Matt Flueckiger M-Golf Chase Kress M-Golf Blake Wray M-Golf

Brandy Andersen W-Golf Meredith Beck W-Golf Line Cordes W-Golf Ashley Hovda W-Golf Johanna Lundberg W-Golf Rebecca Twiner W-Golf

Kristin Cotton W-Tennis Erin Johnson W-Tennis Kristin Munn W-Tennis Katie Van Ewyk W-Tennis

Ashley Beasley Volleyball Tricia Eble Volleyball Michelle Gorton Volleyball Shari Harder Volleyball Sara Komosinski Volleyball Felicity Ribalkin Volleyball Marlayna Stoetzel Volleyball

Sarah Brady Cheerleading Alyson Clayton Cheerleading Jonathan Collins Cheerleading Leslie Huneycutt Cheerleading Megan Kulish Cheerleading Erin Mackie Cheerleading Alyson Moyer Cheerleading Tiffany Rufolo Cheerleading

Dana Anglin W-Track/Field Benetta Boyd W-Track/Field Melanie Cooper W-Track/Field Tonya Edmonds W-Track/Field Megan Kellogg W-Track/Field Deanna Kulesz W-Track/Field Tiffany Mack W-Track/Field Leslie Martin W-Track/Field Randi Miles W-Track/Field Tricia Shepard W-Track/Field Alissa Short W-Track/Field Laura Tieszan W-Track/Field Tammy Ulander W-Track/Field Michelle Velez W-Track/Field Kineta Williams W-Track/Field Kiley Wright W-Track/Field

Caleb Bailey M-Track/Field Justin Davis M-Track/Field Daryl Fields M-Track/Field Charlton Grant M-Track/Field Jason Harnett M-Track/Field David McCall M-Track/Field Jesse Norman M-Track/Field Rod Palmer M-Track/Field John Robertson M-Track/Field Jason Stepp M-Track/Field