SU roundup: Shaffer earns all-district academic honors

DELAWARE, Ohio — Shenandoah University sophomore Jake Shaffer has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District V first team in selections announced Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Shaffer, a defensive tackle with a 3.66 as an Exercise Science major, is now a candidate for Academic All-America honors. He was named to the first team in voting conducted by CoSIDA.

Should he be selected, the Fairfax native would become the 14th student-athlete in school history, and third football player, to earn Academic All-America honors.

Shenandoah has had at least one student-athlete in each of the past eight years named Academic All-American.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are voted on in one of eight national districts by CoSIDA members with first team All-District honorees moving on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Shaffer has 41 tackles this season, including 18 solo and 5.5 for loss. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week following week two of the season.

Shaffer is the 15th football player in program history to be named Academic All-District.

The All-America teams will be announced next month.

Shenandoah is back in action Saturday at Emory and Henry.

Women’s basketball

SALEM — The Shenandoah women’s basketball team is the pre-season No. 8 selection of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches in pre-season poll results released Thursday as part of the league’s annual media day.

The Hornets, under the direction of first year head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft, have 47 points to come in four points behind No. 7 Randolph.

SU defeated the WildCats three times last season, including the opening round of the ODAC tournament.

Another set of Hornets, the ones from Lynchburg, are the pick to win it all this season. Lynchburg has 117 points and eight first place votes to outdistance defending champion Randolph-Macon for the top spot.

R-MC has 106 points and two first place votes, while Eastern Mennonite comes in third with 101 points and one first place vote.

Guilford, with 90 points, tied Virginia Wesleyan for the fourth spot and picked up the final first-place vote.

Voting was done on a 1-11 basis and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own programs in the poll.

Shenandoah opens up the 2014-15 season Nov. 15 by taking on Methodist in the opening round of the Washington and Lee Tournament.