Three North Coast Athletic baseball players were voted first-team Academic All-District® by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced on May 4th.
Wooster senior pitcher Michael Houdek (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.), Wooster sophomore infielder Michael Wielansky (St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) and Denison senior Phil Papaioannou (Morton Grove, IL/Maine East) catcher were all named to the Academic All-District squad.
Houdek, a political science major with a 3.46 GPA, is 7-2 on the season with a 3.84 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 68 innings of work.
Wielansky, a business economics major with a 3.30 grade-point average, currently sports a .432 batting average with 62 runs scored, 66 hits and 48 RBI.
Papaioannou has played in 35 games for the Big Red the season with a .349 batting average, 45 hits, 37 runs scored and 28 RBI, while boasting a 3.89 GPA as a mathematics major.
As first-team selections, all three will now be placed on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America® honorees will be selected later this month.
The Academic All-District® teams are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, with District VII consisting of schools in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. To be considered for the teams, one must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better and be a starter or important reserve.