MADISON, S.D. - Ryan Steffensen of Dakota State University baseball team has earned an academic award for his academic success at DSU.
The CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) has selected Steffensen to its Academic All-District 6 College Division team, released on May 4. To be nominated to the CoSIDA Academic All-District ballot, the student-athlete needs to have at least 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and must be at least sophomore in eligibility. A group of sports information directors from all over the United State vote for the nominees on the ballot.
Steffensen is a junior Elementary Education at Dakota State University.
Ryan is the son of Terry and Darlene Steffensen of Madison, S.D.
Dakota State, runner-up in the first-ever Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Baseball Postseason tournament, heads to Kansas later this week to play in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. The Trojans will take on Tabor (Kan.) to kick-off the Hutchinson bracket at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson, Kan. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
Below is the complete listing for All-District 6 College Division team:
|Pitcher||Nathan Roth||Doane (Neb.)||SO||Camarillo, Calif.||Physics|
|Pitcher||Nicholas Dawson||Doane (Neb.)||SR||Auckland, New Zealand||Business Administration and Psychology|
|Catcher||Anthony Dunn||Doane (Neb.)||SR||Papillion, Neb.||Social Sciences and Secondary Education|
|Infield||Alan Spanel||Doane (Neb.)||JR||Norfolk, Neb.||Biochemistry|
|Infield||Beau Kelly||Nebraska Wesleyan||JR||Colorado Springs, Colo.||Business Administration and History|
|Infield||Josh Ostrom||Nebraska Wesleyan||SR||Fremont, Neb.||Exercise Science|
|Outfield||Michael Albert||Doane (Neb.)||SR||Papillion, Neb.||Business Administration and Accounting|
|Outfield||Ryan Steffensen||Dakota State (S.D.)||JR||Madison, S.D.||Elementary Education|
|Outfield||Andrew Cassidy||Midland (Neb.)||SO||Omaha, Neb.||Accounting and Criminal Justice|
|Designated Hitter||Dylan Flott||Doane (Neb.)||JR||Omaha, Neb.||Business Administration and Accounting|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director