Patrick Riley hasn't picked a four-year college yet, but his junior college program has proven to be a perfect fit.
The Duluth grad is a key member of the pitching staff for Tallahassee Community College (Fla.), the nation's No. 1-ranked JUCO program and the champion of the Panhandle Conference, and has racked up a pair of honors on and off the field this spring.
Riley, a sophomore, earned second-team all-conference honors after going 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 11 appearances (seven starts) for TCC, which takes a 45-8 record into next week's NJCAA Gulf District/Florida College System Activities Association Tournament. The right-hander has a 3.07 ERA in conference play.
Earlier this week, Riley also was selected as the TCC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year following all-academic selections by both the Panhandle Conference and the FCSAA. A dean's list student, he is on track to graduate with honors. He also serves on the TCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Bellavance racks up honors
North Georgia senior Kenny Bellavance, a Parkview grad, was named the school's male scholar athlete of the year and to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Team this week. The business finance major sports a 3.97 GPA.
Bellavance is a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting and Finance Honor Society, as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society and is a member of North Georgia's Mike Cottrell College of Business Honors Program. He is a two-time Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team selection and is also a two-time PBC Gold Level Scholar Athlete. He also is the president of the North Georgia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
A four-year starter, Bellavance boasts a .326 career batting average in 176 starts off 234 hits that includes 25 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 117 runs batted in and 117 runs scored. His 19 career sacrifice hits have him tied for fifth all-time in school history.
Chaney gets award
Collins Hill's Crystal Chaney, a senior at the College of Coastal Georgia, was named the school's student-athlete of the year Tuesday night.
Chaney helped the Mariners to their first NAIA national championship tournament appearance in any sport last season, averaging a team-high 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds. She earned honorable mention All-American and first-team Southern States Athletic Conference honors.
She graduates this month with a 3.07 GPA.
Beasley honored for GPA
Collins Hill grad Leah Brooke Beasley, a sophomore at Georgia State, received the Panther All-Academic Team Award for having the highest GPA on the women's soccer team. Each GSU sports team gives the award to one player.
Brown earns all-conference honors
Wesleyan grad Davis Brown, a junior midfielder at Sewanee, was named a first-team All-Southern Athletic Association on Wednesday.
Brown, a former Daily Post player of the year, was fourth in the conference in goals (43) and points (56) and ranked 16th in assists.
Peachtree Ridge's Cory Hall, who plays for Berry, was a second-team selection at attack.GOLF
Quinn helps Oglethorpe to title
Oglethorpe senior Eric Quinn, a Norcross grad, placed eighth at last weekend's Southern Athletic Association Championships and helped the Petrels to their 11th league title in the past 16 years.
Quinn finished at 5-over 149.
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