Buerkle and Guy tabbed Scholar Athletes by the NSIC
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Buerkle and Guy tabbed Scholar Athletes by the NSIC
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) today announced Bemidji State University’s Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.) and Ryan Guy (Sr., Fountain Hills, Ariz.) to its list of 2011 Honor Student-Athlete and scholarship award winners.

Buerkle and Guy were each voted honor student-athletes.  

Buerkle, a senior majoring in elementary education, is a 2011 Academic All-NSIC and USTFCCCA All-Academic team member and was a 2011 recipient of the NSIC Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award. The 2010-11 team captain is a five-time All-America performer, three-time NSIC champion and owner of nine BSU and two NSIC sprint records, while performing as Bemidji State’s top cross country runner. In addition, she has been active in the community volunteering for numerous organizations and activities such as the Bemidji Community Senior Citizen’s Clean-up Day, Special Olympics, Bemidji Community Health Awareness Day, several community road races and volunteers each noon hour at a local elementary school.  Buerkle has also served on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leadership group and the BSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  

Guy is in his second season at Bemidji State after transferring from Mesa Community College (Ariz.).  A senior captain of the BSU baseball team, he leads the Beavers’ pitching staff with a 3.12 ERA and 1-0 record. He owns a 6.81 career ERA at BSU, throwing 25.1 innings and allowing 19 earned runs on 32 hits. A recipient of Mayo Clinic and BSU Baseball scholarships, Guy was a 2010 Academic All-NSIC member, is a regular on the BSU Dean’s List and plans to enter doctoral program of physical therapy at Northern Arizona University after graduating with a degree in exercise science this spring.  The senior has also been active with the leadership groups of BSU InterVarsity Campus Fellowship and FCA and has volunteered at a number of BSU baseball camps, clinics and its youth league.

As a part of the announcement, the league also named Augustana College cross country/track and field standout Matt Braithwaite as its 2011 Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence and University of Minnesota Duluth soccer athlete Rebecca Anderson as the recipient of the 2011 Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence.

The 14 NSIC member institutions nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the Britton and Kelly Awards. The nominees must meet the following criteria: a grade point average of 3.20 or better (on a 4.0 scale); evidence of academic excellence beyond the minimum grade point average (scholarship prizes and other academic recognition), evidence of participation in the life of the institution, and evidence of participation in at least two-thirds of the varsity events of the individual’s primary sport. The award is voted on by the NSIC Faculty Athletic Representatives.

The Britton Award was created in 1985 in honor of Dr. William Britton, a longtime faculty representative at Bemidji State University. The Kelly Award is named in honor of Willis R. Kelly, an associate professor of physical education at the University of Minnesota, Morris. A member of the NSIC Hall of Fame, Kelly also coordinated the Minnesota-Morris Physical Education Department from 1970-87. She became the first director of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Minnesota-Morris in 1976 and was later promoted to athletic director for the whole department.

The 27 student-athletes nominated for the awards will be honored as NSIC Male and Female Honor Student-Athletes of the Year at their respective institutions. Braithwaite and Anderson will be recognized and presented with a $2,500 post-graduate scholarship Wednesday, July 13 at the 2011 NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet in St. Cloud, Minn.