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Pioneer athletes earn academic honors

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For student athletes at Cal State East Bay, grades seem to be just as important as sports.

On Aug. 1 the California Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2015-2016 All Academic Team that saw 58 Pioneers make the squad, more than six other teams in the 13-team conference.

According to the CCAA, in order to make the team student-athletes must meet several requirements.

They must be an undergraduate varsity student-athlete, participate in one of the 12 CCAA sponsored sports – men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, baseball, and softball.

They must also have a grade point average for the 2015-16 academic year of 3.4 or higher in a minimum of 36 quarter units completed at the certifying institution.

The CCAA implemented the team in 2005-2006 and this year 722 total athletes made the team up 108 athletes from 614 in 2014-2015.

The UC San Diego Tritons led the way with 87 student-athletes making the team.

The 58 spots on the squad posted by CSUEB is the most in school history surpassing the 51 from last year.

The softball team led all Pioneer squads with 10 members while the women’s soccer team finished in a close second with nine. The baseball, men’s soccer and volleyball teams were all close behind with seven members each.

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