Brother Act: Christinas Top All-Academic Baseball Team
Montana State Billings senior Drew Christina leads the All-Academic Team with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a chemistry major. He was also the MSUB Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Montana State Billings senior Drew Christina leads the All-Academic Team with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a chemistry major. He was also the MSUB Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – It is something special to be able to play on the same team as your brother. It is just as special to receive recognition together as two of the top performers in conference on the field and in the classroom.

Twin brothers Drew and Brett Christina have done just that. The twins, members of Montana State Billings’ baseball team, lead the list of 36 selections to the 2016 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball All-Academic Team.

Drew Christina, a senior pitcher, was the only member of the team to draw a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a chemistry major. Brett Christina, a senior infielder, was not far behind, compiling a 3.97 grade point average as a history major. To top the honors off, Drew Christina was recently recognized as the Montana State Billings’ Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The duo from Walla Walla, Wash., are among four members of the squad to compile a grade point average of 3.80 or better. Joining them in that select group are Northwest Nazarene’s Tyler Marsh and Western Oregon’s Brady Miller. Marsh has a 3.84 grade point average as he works on his master’s of business administation while Miller has a 3.83 grade point average as a business major.

This year’s All-Academic Team features six repeat selections. Earning a spot for the third consecutive year are Montana State Billings senior Lee Busto, Saint Martin’s senior Nick Mailhot, and Western Oregon senior Nathan Etheridge. Two-time selections include Montana State Billings junior Casey Merritt, Northwest Nazarene junior Andrew Helmstadter and Western Oregon senior Caleb Falck.

Conference newcomer Concordia led GNAC teams with nine selections to the All-Academic Team. Montana State Billings received eight selections.

To be included on the GNAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be of at least sophomore standing, have competed at least one season at their current institution, hold a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better and be a letterwinner on their squad.

Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Travis Cook PE/School Health Sr. 3.41 Carnation, Wash.
Benjamin Dunbar Construction Management Sr. 3.32 Lantzville, Ont.
Randy Fuller Elementary Education Sr. 3.29 Clarkston, Wash.
Darren Honeysett Business Administration Sr. 3.20 Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Myles Wesener Business Administration Sr. 3.64 Brisbane, Australia
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Steve Bartells Business Administration So. 3.30 The Dalles, Ore.
Cole Buruse Business Administration Sr. 3.20 Ridgefield, Wash.
Trent Calmer Exercise & Sports Science Sr. 3.73 Beaverton, Ore.
Cole Crosby Biology (Pre-Med) So. 3.77 Las Vegas, Nev.
Quinn Eldridge Exercise & Sports Science Sr. 3.39 Chimicum, Wash.
Austin Hadley Chemistry Sr. 3.36 Vancouver, Wash.
Austin Loders Homeland Security Jr. 3.35 Damascus, Ore.
Harrison McGhee Marketing Sr. 3.35 Ramona, Calif.
Konner Reddick Business Administration Sr. 3.38 Bend, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Lee Busto Management Sr. 3.69 Littleton, Colo.
Brett Christina History Sr. 3.97 Walla Walla, Wash.
Drew Christina Chemistry Sr. 4.00 Walla Walla, Wash.
Cody Cooper Health/Human Performance Jr. 3.25 Bozeman, Mont.
Adam Cox Criminal Justice So. 3.63 Encino, Calif.
Kyle Durbin History Sr. 3.51 Twin Falls, Idaho
Dylan Goldsack Management Sr. 3.46 Burbank, Calif.
* Casey Merritt Health/Human Performance Jr. 3.42 Twin Falls, Idaho
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Tucker Campbell Communication Science Sr. 3.41 Tigard, Ore.
Tyler Davis Recreation Sports Management Sr. 3.48 Orinda, Calif.
* Andrew Helmstadter Accounting Jr. 3.37 Palm Desert, Calif.
Brandon Mozzone Engineering So. 3.22 Auburn, Wash.
Tyler Marsh Master’s of Business Administation Gr. 3.84 Boise, Idaho
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Torin Dooley Accounting Sr. 3.25 Edmonds, Wash.
Ryan Dorney Mechanical Engineering So. 3.24 Bothell, Wash.
Adam Eskil Mechanical Engineering So. 3.49 Walla Walla, Wash.
*+ Nick Mailhot Math Sr. 3.39 Olympia, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Nathan Etheridge Biology/Criminal Justice Sr. 3.62 Grants Pass, Ore.
* Caleb Falck Exercise Science Sr. 3.53 Eagle, Idaho
James Leach Exercise Science Jr. 3.34 Roseburg, Ore.
Jay Leverett Business So. 3.71 Gold Bar, Wash.
Brady Miller Business So. 3.83 Gilbert, Ariz.
* - 2015 All-Academic Selection + - 2014 All-Academic Selection