Atwood named to Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District team
TOWSON, Md. – Young Harris College's David Atwood has been named to the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District V Baseball First Team.
The members of the College Sports Information Directors of America by districts selected the teams and the first-team members will now be considered for Academic All-America® honors. District V consists of NCAA Division II institutions in the Gulf South, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic and Sunshine State conferences. The district also includes independents and schools in the south that are either in their candidacy years or provisional members of NCAA. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or a significant reserve on his team.
Atwood, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound sophomore outfielder from Waynesville, N.C., has helped the Mountain Lions, who are in candidacy year one of the NCAA Division II process, to a 35-12 record to date entering the final week of the season. Atwood is second on the team with a .369 batting average (66-of-179) in 47 starts. He leads the team in at-bats (179), hits (66), doubles (16) and RBI (56) and is second on the team with 10 stolen bases (in 12 attempts) and walks (21). He is third in runs scored (44) and fourth on the squad with home runs (seven) and slugging percentage (.575). Atwood, who has made just one error in 60 chances in the outfield (.983 fielding percentage), has a 3.72 cumulative grade point average as a biology major.
Atwood is the third Young Harris student-athlete to be named to the prestigious Capital One NCAA Division II All-Academic team this year. Wezly Barnard and Andreas Pechmann were named to the men's soccer team last fall.
This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a university division (NCAA Division I) and a college division (all non-NCAA Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the college division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. The Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects of the program.