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Four Reinhardt Student-Athletes from Spring Sports Earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete Honors

Pictured are (clock-wise from top left): Blalock, McDowell, King and Riccardi.
Blalock McDowell
Riccardi King

Four Reinhardt University student-athletes who competed in spring sports recently earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. To receive the award, a student-athlete must be a junior or above in academic standing, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and have been in attendance at the nominating institution for at least two full academic years (or one full academic year if a transfer).

Three members of Reinhardt's 2010 baseball team garnered the national recognition, including senior infielder Brad Blalock from Grayson, Ga.; junior pitcher Ryan McDowell out of Kennesaw, Ga.; and junior outfielder Billy King from Marietta, Ga. Blalock and McDowell also received the accolades in 2009. Blalock, a graduate of Grayson High School, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration with magna cum laude honors last month. McDowell and King are graduates of Kell High School and Marietta High School, respectively.

From the Lady Eagles' 2010 Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season champion softball squad, senior pitcher/outfielder Alex Riccardi made the elite list for the second straight year. Riccardi, from Americus, Ga., received her bachelor's degree in biology with summa cum laude honors on May 1. She transferred to Reinhardt from Darton College after graduating from Southland Academy.   

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