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first_img YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – University of West Florida student-athletes Fernanda Amaral and Gary Buffington III earned one of the highest honors in college sports on Wednesday, as both Argonauts were named to the Capital One Academic All-America® At-Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Buffington was selected to the second team on the men’s side, while Amaral was a third team selection on the women’s side.The Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men’s At-Large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. The Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s At-Large program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.Gary Buffington IIIBuffington (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain HS) helped lead the UWF men’s golf team to its second straight Gulf South Conference championship and a berth to the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. The junior was the male recipient of the UWF Richard and Sandra Berg Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight year, and he also won the UWF Student-Athlete Leadership Award. Buffington holds a cumulative GPA of 3.98 in accounting, and he is a two-time GSC All-Academic Team selection and a three-time GSC Academic Honor Roll member.On the course this year Buffington competed in all but one tournament for the Argonauts. He posted a scoring average of 76.71 for an average of 5.07 over par. A season highlight for Buffington came at the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 when he shot a 68 in two of the three rounds at the tournament, matching the third best score for an Argonaut this season. Over the entire season he posted three rounds of par or better.All told, seven members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men’s At-Large first, second and third teams had a 4.00 GPA, while the 45-member team had a combined 3.81 GPA.Fernanda AmaralAmaral (Curitiba, Brazil/Positivo HS) helped lead the UWF women’s tennis team to a fourth consecutive GSC championship and an NCAA Division II South Regional berth. The junior was an All-GSC first team selection this year, and she is also a two-time GSC All-Academic Team pick and a three-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll. She holds a cumulative GPA of 3.94 while majoring in business management, and she the female recipient of the 2014 UWF Richard and Sandra Berg Scholar Athlete of the Year award.Amaral went 15-2 in singles and 22-3 in doubles in 2014. She has the most career singles victories among active UWF women’s tennis student-athletes (32-7) and has a career doubles record of 39-10. One of her best performances of the season came on the road on March 8 when she defeated No. 8 Saint Leo’s Pauline Helgesson. Amaral came back from a one-set deficit to win 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-7 over the regionally ranked opponent. Amaral also won nine matches this season when facing a nationally ranked team.In total, nine members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s At-Large first, second and third teams had a 4.00 GPA, while the 45-member team had a combined 3.89 GPA.–Each year, the Capital One Academic All-America® program selects 816 distinguished student-athletes to become part of an honorary team in their respective sports: men’s football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track and field/cross-country; women’s basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, track and field/cross-country; and men’s and women’s at-large teams that include all other NCAA championship sports.UWF had four previous student-athletes honored by the Capital One Academic All-America® program: Jens Gerlach (men’s at-large team, tennis, 1997), Blake Baskin (softball, 2000), Sandy Morgan (softball, 2000) and Courtney Jones (women’s soccer, 2009)For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Official CoSIDA Release Capital One Academic All-America® Website Print Friendly Version Share UWF’s Amaral, Buffington earn Capital One Academic All-America’ awardslast_img read more

first_imgThe Parkway Panthers and Airline Vikings finished second and third, respectively, in the annual Lone Survivor tournament Saturday at Parkway.Reigning Division II state champion Lafayette Teurlings Catholic won with 376.5 points. Parkway had 326.5 and Airline 318.5.Three Parkway wrestlers won individual titles — Zachary Harper (120 pounds), Trevor Tamburo (138) and Dalton Driggers (160).Harper defeated Airline’s Tyler Eckman by an 8-5 decision in his championship match.Tamburo downed North DeSoto’s Richard Mack III 5-1.Driggers, who recently signed with Briar Cliff University, defeated Sam Houston’s Mataius Lavine 6-3.Airline also had three individual champions — Tucker Almond (145), DJ Evans (182) and Matt Salinas (195).Almond defeated Teurlings Catholic’s Charles Travosos by a 17-4 major decision in his title match.Evans got past Parkway’s Kaleb Garcia 7-4. Salinas pinned Basile’s Issac Cortez in 2:24.Haughton’s DJ Monroe won the 220-pound class, pinning Rayne’s Tyler Carriere in 7:00.Carriere defeated Monroe 3-2 in the Division II 195-pound division in the state tournament in February at the CenturyLink Center.Other parish runners-up were Airline’s Dakota Brace (113), Airline’s Peyton Bass (126) and Parkway’s Trey Fontenot (132).Parkway’s Joshua Keeler (106), Haughton’s Nate Williams (145), Parkway’s Carson Sanders (170) and Airline’s Pierce Peairs (285) finished third in their respective weight classes.— Russell Hedges, [email protected]— Featured photo of Haughton’s DJ Monroe (from tri-meet earlier this season) by Robert Summerlin/Special to The Press-TribuneTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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