Murray, Vaughn named Big Sky Scholar Athletes

June 27, 2014

The Montana women's and men's tennis teams claimed the Grizzlies' lone conference titles in 2013-14, and those programs also produced the department's 2014 Big Sky Conference Scholar Athletes, the league office announced this week.

Maddy Murray and Ethan Vaughn give the Montana tennis teams their first Big Sky Scholar Athletes.

Big Sky Scholar Athlete honors are awarded to one women's and one men's athlete from each league school. The student-athletes must have been a senior in eligibility or a part of their school's graduating class, be a letterwinner and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.

Being a Big Sky champion isn't a requirement, but it certainly helped the resumes of both Murray and Vaughn.

Murray, who graduated with a 3.89 GPA as a mathematics major, helped Montana to the 2014 Big Sky regular-season championship and perfect 9-0 league record, and to the Big Sky tournament championship match each of the last three seasons.

Murray was co-president of UM's Student Athlete Advisory Committee and on the school's University Athletic Committee.

She was a three-time Academic All-Big Sky selection, a one-time academic all-district pick and as a sophomore was named honorable mention All-Big Sky and the UM President's Award winner.

In May she received the ITA's Mountain Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.

Vaughn, who graduated with a 3.70 GPA as a history major, was a member of two Big Sky title teams. He and the Grizzlies won the 2012 regular-season championship with an 8-0 record, and Montana won the Big Sky tournament championship in April to advance to the NCAA tournament.

The regular-season and tournament championships were both firsts in program history.

The three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection was named first team all-league as a sophomore, second team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior.



Big Sky Conference Scholar Athlete Award winners

Eastern Washington
Ashton Miller (Football; Business administration; Vancouver, Wash.)
Ashley Wright (Volleyball; Business administration; Leavenworth, Wash.)

Idaho State
Austin Baker (Football; Chemistry/Spanish; Dubois, Wyo.)
Carly Maloney (Soccer; Secondary education; Centerville, Utah)

Ethan Vaughn (Tennis; History; Spokane, Wash.)
Maddy Murray (Tennis; Mathematics; Dallas, Texas)

Montana State
Jeff Mohl (Track and field; Mechanical engineering; Red Lodge, Mont.)
Ellie Crum (Tennis; Health and human performance; Great Falls, Mont.)

North Dakota
Ryan McGuigan (Tennis; Air traffic control; Fargo, N.D.)
Ronni Munkeby (Volleyball; Kinesiology; Lisbon, N.D.)

Northern Arizona
Max Jacobsen (Basketball; Engineering; Lake Oswego, Ore.)
Stirling Smith (Swimming and diving; Biomedical science; Stoughton, Wis.)

Northern Colorado
Seth Lobato (Football; Sport administration; Eaton, Colo.)
Danielle Birdsall (Soccer; Sport administration; Broomfield, Colo.)

Portland State
Mitch Gaulke (Football; Business administration/Accounting; West Linn, Ore.)
Garyn Schlatter (Volleyball; Physical activity and exercise/Community health; Canby, Ore.)

Sacramento State
Markell Williams (Football; Sociology; Vacaville, Calif.)
Sophie Lohscheidt (Tennis; Business administration; Landsberg, Germany)

Southern Utah
Brad Meyer (Football; Chemistry; Boise, Idaho)
Tekysa Dyer (Softball; English; West Jordan, Utah)

Weber State
Tony Epperson (Football; Master's in business administration; Park City, Utah)
Amber Henry Schultz (Cross country/Track and field; Nursing; Mountain View, Wyo.)

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