by Cassie Mattia

Loveland, Ohio – Another LHS Student-Athlete that committed to playing collegiate sports has been recognized as part of the nation’s top student-athletes for his combined performance on the field and in the classroom! The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday that Georgia Tech baseball junior, Luke Waddell was selected to the 2020 Academic All-District First Team.

The Yellow Jackets were one of just two Atlantic Coast Conference baseball teams to have multiple Academic All-District selections. Eight Yellow Jacket Juniors were selected overall. This was the first time since 2012 (Brandon Thomas and Sam Dove) and fourth time overall since 1979, that Georgia Tech earned multiple All-District selections.

Waddell had another stellar year of competition with the Yellow Jackets, as he is now recognized as one of the nation’s top shortstops and table setters. From the leadoff spot, Waddell hit .300 through 16 games, recording 18 hits, including four extra-base knocks, and nine RBI’s. He drew seven walks to average a .419 on-base percentage during his Junior campaign. Out of the nine RBI’s that Waddell earned, none proved more clutch than the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of Game 2 during the ACC’s opening weekend against Virginia Tech!

Waddell is one of the many Yellow Jackets performing in the classroom as the team overall had a banner year academically averaging a program-record 3.40 team GPA! The Georgia Tech Baseball Team was one of eight sports to record program bests in the classroom.

Those student-athletes that were selected to the First-team Academic All-District squad will advance to the Academic All-American ballot. Those selected to First, Second, and Third Team will also advance to the Academic All-American selections which will be announced in June.

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Columnist Cassia Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland