Batavia grad Ernst brings in accolades

By Chris Chaney
Sun staff

Batavia High School alumna Kayla Ernst received a handful of awards following the completion of the regular season of her senior year at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Ernst was the North Coast Athletic Conference’s lone selection on the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Team, it was announced on Tuesday, February 19, by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ernst, an English major with a 3.74 grade point average, earned her first Academic All-American honor as a member of the second team. The two-time All-NCAC performer, enters the 2013 NCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament as the league’s leader in points (19.8 ppg) and field goal percentage (.541).

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director (SID).

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

In addition, Ernst was named to the All-Great Lakes Region Team. Ernst, the 2012-13 NCAC Player of the Year, is also three-time All-NCAC first-team selection.