Friday, June 02, 2006

True All-American

No matter how you look at it, LeTourneau centerfielder Damon Stokes has had one heck of a college career.

The senior from Anchorage, Alaska led the Jackets in 12 different statistical categories this season while batting .351 with 39 runs, 12 doubles and 22 stolen bases. He set school career records for outfield put outs (442), doubles (44), and walks (100) while setting single season records for outfield put outs (141) and most chances handled in a season without committing an error (146).

But, Stokes onfield statistics aren't his most impressive numbers. The Electrical Engineering major has kept a perfect 4.00 grade point average. As a result, he was named to the First Team ESPN The Magazine All-America baseball team for the second straight year.

Stokes is the only student-athlete in LeTourneau history to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors since the school moved from NAIA to NCAA Division III.

Only Stokes and Adam Duerfeldt, the 2006 College Division Player of the Year, were repeat members to receive First Team distinction for two consecutive years.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be considered for the teams, one must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better and be a starter or important reserve.

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