BATON ROUGE - The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes as part of their academic achievements and community service for July.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU's Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
July's student-athletes of the month are Keri Emanuel [Women's Track & Field], Katrina Hegge [Women's Golf], Shelby Prunty [Gymnastics], Jerqwinick Sandolph [Football] and Derreyal Youngblood [Women's Basketball]. Allison Falcon [Softball] was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Student-Athlete Affairs Athlete of the Month.
Emanuel is majoring in sociology, while Hegge and Prunty are majoring in sports administration. Sandolph is a kinesiology major, while Youngblood is an interdisciplinary studies major and Falcon is majoring in biology.
Falcon, a sophomore second baseman from Donaldsonville, La., continues to prove herself as a tremendous asset to her team, as she played a key role in LSU's run to the 2012 Women's College World Series. She drove home a team-leading five RBIs and was selected to the NCAA College Station All-Regional Team. The star athlete is also a star in the classroom and in the community. The two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll and CoSIDA All-District First-Team recipient recently organized LSU softball's recent trip to the Miracle League Association's at Cypress Mounds season finale.
A junior track and field jumper from North Charleston, S.C., Emanuel will begin her first semester as a Lady Tiger this fall, as she recently transferred from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. There, she earned tremendous accolades, including 2011 and 2012 NJCAA Outdoor Champion in long jump and 2012 NJCAA Outdoor Champion in triple jump, as well as being named a 6-time NJCAA All-American.
Hegge, a junior golfer from Seattle, Wash., is also a recent transfer and comes to LSU from the University of San Francisco. She brings to the Purple and Gold a 76.73 freshman average and 76.77 sophomore average, along with seven top 10 finishes in her two years at USF.
A senior all-around gymnast from Hanover Park, Ill., Prunty has proven her dedication for success as injuries forced her to compete solely in beam during her junior season. She was still able to achieve a score of 9.8 or higher in five out of the seven meets she competed in this past year. In the classroom, Prunty has a consistently high GPA as she earned Academic Honor Roll three years consecutively.
Sandolph, a freshman safety from Boutte, La., joins the Tigers in the fall and is capable of playing both the safety and cornerback positions. Named a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com; Sandolph also was a 2011 member of the LSWA 5A All-State First-Team at defensive back.
A freshman post player from River Ridge, La., Youngblood brings talent to the Lady Tigers as a two-time Class 2A All-State selection, averaging 13.3 points per game in her senior season. Over her prep career at John Curtis High School, she eclipsed over 1,500 career points. She claimed MVP honors as her team won the 2012 Class 2A state championship with a 34-1 record.
For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.