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North Georgia briefs: Oster named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
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North Georgia College & State University senior baseball player Anders Oster has been named the 2009-10 Peach Belt Conference male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced Wednesday from the league’s annual meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Oster was chosen by the conference’s faculty athletics representatives, who looked on each candidate, basing 50 percent of their vote on academic accomplishment, 30 percent on athletic achievement and 20 percent on leadership qualities.

The scholar-athlete award is the highest individual award presented by the Peach Belt.

Oster graduated from NGCSU in May with a degree in physics with a 3.74 GPA. A member of the NGCSU’s honors program, he graduated a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics National Honor Society.

Named to the PBC presidential honor roll four times, he was also placed on the NGCSU President’s List twice for carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA through a semester. On the field, Oster served as team captain in 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 217 games played, he scored 128 runs, hit 33 doubles and 12 home runs.

Lady Saints earn accolades

The North Georgia College & State University continued to collect postseason awards as the 2010 Daktronics All-American Team was announced Wednesday and four Lady Saints landed on the team, the most of any program in the country.

Junior Sarah Phillips garnered the highest pitching honor in the country, being named the Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year, while Laura Voyles was named to the second-team and Leslee Smith and Lauren Dykes both earned third-team honors.

Phillips has been named an All-American for the second straight year. She led the Lady Saints with a 44-2 record on the season with a 1.00 ERA.

She had 23 shutouts on the year and 41 complete games, both marks led the nation.

Voyles picked up her second career All-American honor after being named to the Third-Team after the 2008 season. The senior hit .329 on the season with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs. She was the only player to start all 53 games for the Lady Saints this season.

Smith hit .331 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs. The senior ends her career as the program’s all-time leader with 39 home runs and second all-time with 191 RBIs. She scored 27 runs on the season and posted a .385 on-base percentage.

Dykes hits .389 with 45 runs scored and 30 RBIs on the season. As a true freshman, Dykes had a on-base percentage of .420, while also hitting five home runs, three doubles and two triples.

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