Story Contributions Courtesy of the Ohio Wesleyan & Wooster Sports Information Departments
Two North Coast Athletic baseball players were voted first-team Google Cloud Division III Academic All-District® by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced on May 10th. Wooster junior shortstop Michael Wielansky (St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) and Ohio Wesleyan senior outfielder Michael Blatchford (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) were both first-team selections on the All-District VII Team and will now advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot.
Wielansky, now a two-time Academic All-District® honoree, advances to the ballot for Academic All-America® consideration. Wielansky, a business economics major with a 3.42 GPA, was one of four infielders voted to the all-district team. Entering the week, the junior ranked second in Div. III with 64 runs and 42nd with 63 hits. The Fighting Scots' shortstop also ranks in the top-20 nationally in walks (35, 14th), doubles (18, 14th), and total bases (109, 19th).
Blatchford leads the NCAC in hits (65) and doubles (20) and ranks second in batting (.430), third in on-base percentage (.516) and runs scored (51), and fifth in slugging percentage (.642) and total bases (97). He majors in economics and minors in Spanish.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.
The Division II and III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All- America® teams.