ASHLAND, Va.- On Monday, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced their annual Academic All-State Team. Randolph College was represented by six student-athletes from various sports on the prestigious list.
To be considered, a student-athlete must have had a 3.25 GPA or better during the year and be a sophomore or higher. The six selected were men's basketball's Drew Hayden (Vinton, Va./William Byrd), softball's Courtney Lucado (Buchanan, Va./James River) and Lauren Morris (Troy, N.C./West Montgomery), women's basketball's Taylor Samuels (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), women's tennis' Ashley Schmitz (Keswick, Va./Homeschool), and equestrian's Kirby Tidmore (Nashville, Tenn.).
Hayden was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors court earlier this month. This past spring, he was one of seven Randolph student-athletes to be inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, which is the National College Athlete Honor Society. He played in 22 games this past season for the WildCats.
Lucado was also inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma while Morris gained entry last year. Lucado played in a team-leading 35 games for the WildCats. Her 22 hits led all batters and tied for second on the team in runs scored with 14. Morris was named to the ODAC First Team and the VaSID Second Team. She played in 28 games with 69 at-bats for Randolph in 2018. She had 19 hits for a .279 batting average. She batted in 12 runs while smacking two home runs and one double. In conference play, Morris batted .351 to rank 12th and her .551 slugging percentage was 10th.
This is the second straight year for Samuels being named to the All-Academic Team. She started all 25 games she played in this season for the 'Cats and led in minutes played. Samuels averaged nearly nine points and three assists per game to rank second on the team.
Schmitz earned ODAC and VaSID Second Team accolades this season. She started at #3 singles before moving her way to the #2 spot. Overall, she was 17-4 with a 9-2 mark in ODAC play.
Tidmore was the top rider for Randolph in almost every event this year. She helped the WildCats claim their first ODAC title in 13 years and was named to the All-Conference Team. She was the IHSA Zone 4 Champion in Novice Flat and qualified for Nationals.