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Women's Soccer Records Second Highest GPA in Nation During 2012-13

Women's SoccerWestern Illinois women’s soccer was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Thursday (Nov. 21) for the team’s academic success. The Leathernecks ended the 2012-13 academic year with a cumulative team GPA of 3.70, second only behind Felician College (3.78). "I think it's a world class accomplishment," said head coach Ted Flogaites.

"I think it represents an unparalleled dedication to getting things done in the classroom, which is where it matters of great significance. I think it shows the players' time and effort go in the right direction."

Western Illinois’ GPA was the highest in NCAA Division I during that span. The Leathernecks also boast higher GPAs than any men’s team in the nation.

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Softball Releases 2014 Schedule

Softball ScheduleHead coach Holly Van Vlymen has announced the 2014 spring schedule for Western Illinois softball. The Leathernecks will play 13 games at Mary Ellen McKee Stadium in 2014.

The Leathernecks open up the spring with a trip to Rosemont, Ill. to face Loyola-Chicago, Eastern Illinois, Drake and Illinois-Chicago.

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Two Leathernecks Named Academic All-District

Academic All-DistrictA pair of Western Illinois football players were named to the Capital One Academic All-District, as selected in a vote by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Senior offensive lineman Jimmy Holtschlag (Quincy/Notre Dame) and his younger brother Chip Holtschlag (Quincy/Notre Dame) a junior defensive lineman, were voted to the District V Academic team.

Student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and completed at least one year of eligibility at their institution. District V consists of Division I programs in: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Both brothers will go on the ballot for Academic All-America honors.

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Track and Field Schedule Finalized for 2013-14 Season

Head coach David Beauchem has announced the 2013-14 indoor and outdoor track and field schedules. Western Illinois has one home invitational this season, the 25th annual Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational beginning April 10.

The indoor season begins on Dec. 6 at Iowa State University to close out 2013. Western Illinois begins the new year on Jan. 18 at the University of Illinois followed by Eastern Illinois (Jan. 25), Northern Iowa (Jan. 31) and Southern Illinois (Feb. 7).

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Amber Davis Named CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-District

Western Illinois women’s soccer player Amber Davis (Milton, Wis./Milton) has been named to the CoSIDA District V Academic All-District Second Team.

The senior earns the honor for the first time in her career, carrying a 3.72 cumulative GPA while double-majoring in Exercise Science and Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration.

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Leatherneck Baseball Announces 2014 Schedule

Western Illinois head baseball coach Ryan Brownlee announced the 2014 spring schedule for Leatherneck baseball on Wednesday (Nov. 6). The Leathernecks will play 52 games in the spring with 21 games taking place at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium in Macomb.

“We have another challenging schedule. I am really looking forward to seeing our team compete against this schedule,” Brownlee said. “Just like last year's schedule, it will be a test for us to see if we can compete pitch-to-pitch. With the shuffling in our league it allowed us to add a few more nonconference home games. I am excited for the community of Macomb and Leatherneck fans to have a chance to see us play a few more home games. We were able to add two nonconference weekends with Butler and Illinois State. I also like the fact that we are playing more road games within our region which also gives our fans a chance to see us play on the road.”

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