Two Bulldogs Advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Ballot

Two Bulldogs Advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Ballot

2018-19 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Men's At-Large Teams :  PDF doc

WAUKESHA, Wis.--The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's and Women's At-Large Teams, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes outstanding student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Adrian College has two senior representatives--Braden Hellems (St. Thomas, Ontario/Trenton Golden Hawks, OJHL), Men's Hockey--and Andrew Skibski (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's Catholic Central High School), Men's Golf--that have made the first team for District VI.
 
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in June.
 
The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the above links and are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Adrian--which tied Gustavus Adolphus and Kalamazoo colleges with two honorees--is included with other institutions based in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Hellems made his debut on the 2018-19 American Hockey Coaches' Association/CCM Division III All-America team on the second unit in March after a career year that also included All-Northern Collegiate Hockey Association accolades. He also is a three-time Academic All-NCHA and 2018 AHCA Krampade All-America Scholar.

"Braden is the epitome of perseverance and what sticking to the process is all about," Adrian men's hockey coach Adam Krug said. "As a freshman and sophomore he found himself out of the lineup on a regular basis but to his credit, he came to the rink every day with a smile on his face, kept his head down, didn't pout, put his work boots on, and ultimately, earned opportunity. Congratulations to Braden on such an awesome accomplishment, both on the ice and in the classroom."

Hellems, who is four-time All-America Cory Dunn's partner on the blueline, posted a career year that included 11 goals (5 in 2018), 16 assists (16 in 2018) and 27 total points (21 in 2018) to go with his first All-NCHA citation. A criminal justice major with a 3.89 overall grade-point average, Hellems emerged as an offensive weapon on the team's primary power play unit with a career-best eight goals with the man-advantage--a figure that is tied for seventh in the nation and leads the NCHA going into the weekend. Hellems twice was named to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week on Nov. 20 and Dec. 12 this season. Hellems, who also scored three game-winning goals, was second only to senior teammate Trevor Boyd (114) in shots on goal with 105, which is another personal record. Hellems also was second in plus/minus to Dunn (17) with a +14.

Hellems finishes his 76-game career with 18+37=55 scoring totals, a plus-46 and 241 shots. Professionally, he played in eight games for the ECHL's Indy Fuel (Chicago Blackhawks Double-A affiliate) this spring after his collegiate career ended.

Krug concluded: "Student-athletes like Braden should serve as a role model for youth. Of course the Crosbys and McDavids of the world get all the press but there aren't many kids that will grow up to be superstars. Most kids out there will find their back against the wall, at some point, or struggling with something, and Braden Hellems would be the kid I'd want my children to model themselves after."

Hellems is the first Bulldog hockey player to be named first-team academic all-district® by CoSIDA since defenseman Michael Hoy, who was a 2017 Men's At-Large Third Team Academic All-American®.  

Skibski is a three-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association pick, including first team recognition during his junior campaign in 2017-18. He also was chosen the MIAA Men's Golfer of the Week twice during the 2018-19 season among three times in his career. He owned a 76.3 average overall to lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the last three seasons and his 73.8 stroke average in the MIAA this season ranked eighth. The latter figure is AC's best conference score since at least the 1977-78 season.

"Andrew carried a 3.96 GPA during his undergraduate career at the College. He was a two-year captain as our leader," said Bulldogs golf coach Ryan Williams. "He was extraordinary in the class room and on the golf course, so it is certainly fitting that he is our first-ever candidate on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Everything he does, he pours 100 percent of himself into and it shows with the results that he produces. His numbers on the golf course speak for themselves, playing in every tournament over four years for us. He is a remarkable student-athlete in every sense of the word and deserves every accolade that he gets."
 
Skibski led the Bulldogs lineup that produced five top-20 individual finishers at the nine-team Pfeiffer University Invitational on March 4-5 to begin the spring schedule. He carded a 79+77=156 for eighth place out of a field of 46 student-athletes on the 6,952-yard course on The Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, S.C. Adrian was ahead of NCAA Division II scholarship Alderson Broaddus (347+331=678, 7th) and the host Pfeiffer Falcons, who are a former Division I program (347+340=687, 8th).

With the conclusion of the MIAA Fall Championships in October, Skibski ranked in the MIAA top-10 (73.8 average) for six rounds in conference play. He twice recorded a 69 for the squad's lowest score, including a runner-up finish at the Sep. 12 MIAA Jamboree #1 in Battle Creek at the Bedford Valley Country Club.

A year ago, Skibski was the first Adrian men's golfer since Cameron McKee in 2013 to place on the All-MIAA First Team.

He helped Adrian to a No. 108 team ranking by GolfStat. Active in community service, Skibski made the 2017-18 Golf Coaches Association of America All-America Scholar Team.

The athletic training major will attend graduate school in the master's athletic training program at Adrian in the fall. He also plans to help the Bulldogs golf program as an assistant coach.

The Division II and III Google Cloud Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.

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