Former Los Angeles Jr. King Tomas Sholl, a senior goaltender at Bowling Green State University, was named one of this year’s WCHA Scholar-Athletes.
To earn the recognition, players must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if their overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
It’s the third time during his career at Bowling Green that Sholl has been recognized with the honor.
“On behalf of the entire Western Collegiate Hockey Association family, we extend our sincere congratulations to all our men's and women's WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2016-17,” said Michigan Technological University president Glen Mroz (Chair, Men's League), University of Minnesota Duluth faculty athletics representative Steve Castleberry (Chair, Women's League) and commissioners Bill Robertson (Men's League) and Katie Million (Women's League) in a joint statement.
A record 145 student-athletes made up the 12th annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for 2016-17.
“The individuals who compete in our conference are a special group, all embodying the very best of the student-athlete ideal," the statement added. "For the league to recognize a record number of Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for a second-consecutive year is a testament to the ongoing and successful commitment of our member institutions to the WCHA mission of providing the very best experience, both on and off the ice.
“We’re thrilled to publicly recognize the wonderful academic accomplishments of these outstanding young men and women. While competing at the top levels of collegiate hockey, our Scholar-Athlete Award winners maintain equally high standards in their studies - a truly exemplary commitment, effort and dedication to all facets of their university experience. These student-athletes are terrific representatives of the WCHA and its member institutions; we commend and applaud each and every one of them.”