Coastal’s Creel earns award for academic excellence

Coastal Carolina senior baseball player Justin Creel is one of a record six Big South student-athletes to receive the league’s prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence.

Joining Creel (4.0 in biology) as Christenberry Award recipients are Liberty football player Pat Kelly (4.00 in exercise science), Radford women’s soccer player Megan Rhodes (4.00 in elementary education and Spanish), High Point men’s soccer player Shawn Sloan (4.00 in biochemistry), Liberty women’s soccer player Lauren Stell (4.00 in graphic design) and Campbell women’s cross country/track athlete Laura Verschuren (4.00 in PE/teacher licensure).

The award is given annually to the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest GPA during their college careers. This year’s Christenberry Award winners will be formally honored on May 30 at the Big South’s annual Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame Dinner.

Creel (Baton Rouge, La.) has also been honored recently for his academics by being named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District and Coastal Carolina’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He has started 79 of his 88 career appearances with the Chanticleers and owns a .244 career batting average.

This season, splitting time between first and second base, he has played 30 games with 21 starts. As a junior, he was third in the Big South with 12 sacrifice bunts and ranked fourth in the League with 161 assists in the field.  Creel also tied for eighth in the Conference with 31 walks in 2012.  A member of the 2012 Big South Presidential Honor Roll, Creel hit is only career home run — a grand slam — against Charleston Southern on May 18, 2012. Also, Creel helped Coastal win both the Big South regular season and tournament titles in 2012.

The honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Augusta State University) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference.  A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry served as the League’s first President from 1983-86.

“The Christenberry Award is the highest academic honor awarded to Big South student-athletes,” said Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. “It is incredible to think that six individuals completed their academic career with perfect GPAs, especially with the demands placed on them as student-athletes.  We congratulate Justin, Pat, Megan, Shawn, Lauren and Laura for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field of play. Their careers truly exemplify the highest ideals of the Big South Conference.”

Creel is the 16th Chanticleer to earn the Big South’s Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence since the inception of the award at the conclusion of the 1985-86 academic year. A total of 10 male and six female Coastal Carolina student-athletes have garnered the prestigious award. The Chanticleers’ 16 total award winners are more than any other current or former Big South institution.

Comments

comments

Conway QB Grainger puts end to recruiting process

Conway QB Grainger puts end to recruiting processConway High quarterback D'Wuan Grainger entered his senior season as [more]

Carolina Forest boys rush past Northwood Academy

Carolina Forest boys rush past Northwood AcademyThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team claimed its second victory [more]

Panthers in playoff hunt; Quigley sticks with Vikes

Panthers in playoff hunt; Quigley sticks with VikesThe Carolina Panthers find themselves back in the thick of [more]

Hoops tip off, wrestling caps busy sports week

Hoops tip off, wrestling caps busy sports weekThe Grand Strand prep sports scene has a busy week [more]

CAC skirts snow, heats up Snowflake Invite podium

CAC skirts snow, heats up Snowflake Invite podiumThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) dodged a snowy weekend in [more]

Riptides dash through the Blizzard Blitz competition

Riptides dash through the Blizzard Blitz competitionSeven Riptide swimmers traveled to Cary, NC, over weekend to [more]

North team extends streak of dominance over South

North team extends streak of dominance over SouthThe North squad extended its streak of dominance in the [more]

Myrtle Beach boys, girls blast past Carolina Forest

Myrtle Beach boys, girls blast past Carolina ForestThe Myrtle Beach High boys and girls basketball teams blew [more]

Gamecocks survive scare from Chants at the buzzer

Gamecocks survive scare from Chants at the buzzerFormer Gamecock-turned-Chanticleer Jaylen Shaw missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at [more]

Steele makes major splash at Winter Junior Nationals

Steele makes major splash at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club swimmer Taylor Steele [more]

Tigers, Chiefs join forces on North-South gridiron

Tigers, Chiefs join forces on North-South gridironThe best local high school football matchup was never played [more]

Boys Hoops: Nichols leads Tigers; Braves beat Sharks

Boys Hoops: Nichols leads Tigers; Braves beat SharksConway High hoops standout Jimmy Nichols is off to an [more]

Moglia looks to Nebraska roots to hire DC Sanders

Moglia looks to Nebraska roots to hire DC SandersCoastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia has named Marvin Sanders [more]

Girls Hoops: NMB caps big week by defeating Conway

Girls Hoops: NMB caps big week by defeating ConwayPay-back continued for the North Myrtle Beach High girls basketball [more]

Lady Chiefs turn up heat on defense to defeat WB

Lady Chiefs turn up heat on defense to defeat WBThe North Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team turned up [more]

Socastee comes out firing early to down Waccamaw

Socastee comes out firing early to down WaccamawThe Socastee High boys basketball team captured a big home [more]

CCU defensive coordinator Matthews calls it a career

CCU defensive coordinator Matthews calls it a careerCoastal Carolina defensive coordinator Mickey Matthews announced Thursday his retirement [more]

Chants rally past Pirates, face Gamecocks Saturday

Chants rally past Pirates, face Gamecocks SaturdayJaylen Shaw led four Chanticleers in double digits as Coastal [more]

Wrestling: Panthers down Chiefs; Trojans top Braves

Wrestling: Panthers down Chiefs; Trojans top BravesThe North Myrtle Beach wrestling team's home opener against intra-county [more]

Johnson headlines seven Chants on All-Sun Belt list

Johnson headlines seven Chants on All-Sun Belt listSeven Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were named to the 2017 Sun [more]

North Myrtle Beach flips script on Carolina Forest

North Myrtle Beach flips script on Carolina ForestTurnabout was fair play for the North Myrtle Beach High [more]

Boys Hoops: CF nips NMB in OT; Sharks down 'Dogs

Boys Hoops: CF nips NMB in OT; Sharks down 'DogsThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team made their first win [more]

Coastal's Hardeman nets all-region nod three-peat

Coastal's Hardeman nets all-region nod three-peatLeah Hardeman of the Coastal Carolina women’s volleyball team has [more]

CCU's Famili caps career with all-region accolades

CCU's Famili caps career with all-region accoladesCoastal Carolina forward Daniella Famili added to her list of [more]

Yurachek family celebrates major week for father, son

Yurachek family celebrates major week for father, sonThe father-son tandem of Hunter and Ryan Yurachek left the [more]

Conway QB Grainger puts end to recruiting process

Conway QB Grainger puts end to recruiting processConway High quarterback D'Wuan Grainger entered his senior season as [more]

Carolina Forest boys rush past Northwood Academy

Carolina Forest boys rush past Northwood AcademyThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team claimed its second victory [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach