OGDEN, Utah - Senior women's tennis player Sophie Lohscheidt and football player Markell Williams have been selected as Sacramento State's 2014 Big Sky Scholar Athlete Award winners, the conference announced.
The winners from each Big Sky school were selected by their respective institutions based upon athletic and academic performance during the 2013-14 school year. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale), be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the institution, and be a letterwinner.
Lohscheidt, from Landsberg, Germany, completed her degree in international business with a 3.88 overall GPA, including a perfect 4.00 GPA in her final semester. She is a four-time academic all-Big Sky selection and was an all-Big Sky first team selection last season after leading the Hornets to their 13th consecutive Big Sky championship.
Lohscheidt was the only Hornet to play at all-six singles positions during the 2014 season and went 8-1 in singles and 8-2 in doubles in Big Sky matches. She was a four-year starter and compiled records of 25-4 in singles and 28-5 in doubles in Big Sky conference play over her career.
The honor is the latest for Williams, who also earned the Sacramento State Male Student-Athlete of the Year award at the Green & Golden Globes, was named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society and was a semifinalist of the Campbell Trophy. The Vacaville, Calif., native graduated in December with a degree in sociology. During his career, he was a four-time academic all-Big Sky selection and posted a perfect 4.00 GPA in his final two semesters.
In 2014, Williams started the first nine games of the season at safety before being slowed by an ankle injury. He finished the season with 57 total tackles, including 4.0 for loss and two sacks. During his career, he accumulated 126 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions.