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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State senior soccer standouts Kim Kemper and Kyle Beasley were named ESPN The Magazine first team District VIII academic all-region, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

Kemper, who was a second team honoree a season ago, boasts a 3.93 GPA in liberal studies, while Beasley, who was honored for the first time, has a 3.932 GPA in business administration.

A native of Orangevale, Calif., Kemper is a two-time first team all-Big Sky honoree who appeared in 79 career matches, which ranks fourth in school history. A semifinalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award this season, Kemper scored one goal and added three assists during her senior campaign. She totalled 15 career goals, and added 13 career assists, which rank fifth and third respectively in school history.

A two-time academic all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation award-winner, Beasley has been a key part of a Hornet team that clinched the regular season MPSF title this past Sunday. A native of Concord, Calif., Beasley has started 13 matches this season, playing both on the defensive backline and as a wide midfielder.

To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and have been enrolled for at least one year at his/her current institution. Nominated student-athletes must also have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games. From there, the CoSIDA members in each district vote on just that district’s nominee pool, with the top votegetters earning first team honors.

Those student-athletes who earn first team all-district honors are then put into one nominee pool for Academic All-America voting, with each CoSIDA member now voting on the entire nation and not just their district.

The women's Academic All-America team will be announced on November 17, with the men's team following a day later on November 18.

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