Three Bulldogs Earn WCC Academic Honor

Feb. 25, 2009

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Jami Schaefer and Janelle Bekkering of the Gonzaga University women's basketball team, and men's player Josh Heytvelt have been named to the 2009 West Coast Conference All-Academic teams.

Schaefer earned the honor for the third-straight season, while this is Bekkering and Heytvelt's first such accolade.

Schaefer, a senior guard from Spokane, carries a 3.95 grade point average in business administration. Earlier this month she was named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District 8 All-Academic team, also for the third time. A captain for the Bulldogs this season, Schaefer is averaging 4.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 assists per game. Schaefer, who started the first 14 games for the Zags this season, missed nine game due to a knee injury, but has returned to the floor to help propel GU to a 22-6 overall mark and a 10-2 record in conference.

Bekkering, sophomore from Taber, Alberta, Canada, has a 3.30 grade point average in civil engineering. She has played in all 28 games for the Zags, getting the starting nod 25 times. The forward is averaging 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game. She is second on the squad in 3-pointers made, sinking 25.

Heytvelt, one of five seniors for the Bulldog men, has a 3.50 grade point average as a graduate student in organizational leadership. The forward from Clarkston, Wash., helped Gonzaga win its ninth straight regular-season WCC title by scoring a career-high 28 points versus Pepperdine University Feb. 21 to clinch the title outright. One of four Zags to start all 26 games, Heytvelt averages a team-best 15.0 points per game, along with 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Name                                  School              Class                 Pos             GPA           Major

Miranda Ayim               PEP              Junior             F/C          3.67        Public Relations
Janelle Bekkering           GON                 Sophomore       G/F            3.30           Civil Engineering
Karlie Burris                 POR             Senior             G/F         3.20         Sociology
Tara Cronin                  POR            Sophomore      G/F         3.69         Mech. Engineering
Laiken Dollente            POR            Junior              G            3.28         Communication
Elizabeth Doran            SCU            Senior              G            3.93         Bio-Engineering
Lisa Helmers                LMU            Junior              G            3.88         Sociology
Morgan Henderson        USD            Junior              F            3.65         Bus. Administration
Jami Schaefer                  GON               Senior                   G               3.95           Bus. Administration
Allyson Sievers             POR            Senior              F            3.46         Elementary Education



Name                                   School             Class                 Pos            GPA         Major
Gus Clardy                    PEP             Sophomore      F           3.69        History
Ben Dowdell                  SCU             Sophomore     F           3.12        Mech. Engineering
Devin Ginty                   USD             Sophomore     G           3.31        Undeclared
Christian Hernandez       USF             Junior             G           3.76        Finance
Josh Heytvelt                     GON                Senior                 F              3.50          Grad-Org. Leadership
Chris Kanne                   LMU            Senior             G          3.35        Grad-Business Law
Kramer Knutson             POR            Sophomore      F/C        3.55        Undeclared
Ethan Niedermeyer         POR            Junior              F           3.13        Env. Ethics & Policy
Michael Santos               SCU            Sophomore      G          3.39         Business
Robin Smeulders            POR            Junior              F          3.25         Marketing & Mgmt.


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