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SACE Champions of the Month April

WACO, TX – TJ Franklin (soccer), Hal Presley (soccer), Sarah Hornyak (soccer) and Alicia Andrew (volleyball) have been selected as the Student-Athlete Center for Excellence (SACE) April Champions.

This award recognizes student-athletes who achieve their personal best in the areas of academic achievement, athletic achievement, character building, and spiritual growth.

Each of these student-athletes was named by a member of the SACE team based on their embodiment of each of the four pillars.

A key contributor to football’s Big 12 championship team that set a program record with 12 wins (12-2), Franklin had 28 tackles, four sacks, six tackles for a loss, three QB dispatches, a fumble forced and a blocked kick as a junior defensive. to finish. From nearby Temple High School, TJ came to Baylor as the first freshman in January 2019 and played in 11 games as a true freshman, making two solo tackles in the Sugar Bowl.

“TJ has grown tremendously over the past year of college,” said Emilie DeRatt, Director of Academic Services. “This year he really clicked academically. He achieved his personal best GPA in the fall semester while competing at a high level on the court.” A recent communications graduate, TJ is “also on track to set a new personal best this semester.”

Presley, a freshman wide receiver from Mansfield, Texas, originally signed with Auburn but moved to Baylor last summer and played in eight of 14 games for the Big 12 champions last season. A four-star rookie, he caught 46 passes for 1,212 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior for a Mansfield Summit team that advanced to the Class 5A Division I semifinals.

Majoring in health, kinesiology and recreation studies, Presley “is working hard and is willing to put in whatever it takes to be successful,” the learning specialist said. Molly Panel. “Academics are important to me because I know there is life without football and football will not always be my life,” Presley said. “Baylor Athletics has allowed me to grow in so many different places and overcome difficult situations in life.”

Starting 32 games over the past two seasons as a fullback, Hornyak helped the “No Goal Patrol” defense record 14 shutouts. A sophomore from Southlake, Texas, the pre-business major was selected for an in-person marketing internship with Nike this summer in Beaverton, Ore.

For Sarah, being an academic champion means “having the courage and perseverance to push through, no matter the obstacles.” She said Baylor Athletics “is family and a home away from home. Being part of Baylor Athletics is really special, knowing that I represent a successful program that is staunchly Christian.”

Set to play a big role next season after redshirting, 6ft 4in Andrew has always been able to “find more time to apply his knowledge and study skills for challenging classes” while seeing his time to play in scrums and practices increase this spring. “She did not back down from the challenge”, learning specialist Ryan Jolivette said, “but only improved by leaps and bounds in the classroom.”

A freshman pre-med student from Ridgefield, Washington, Andrew has also been able to lead and serve others as an FCA leader this semester. “Being part of the Baylor volleyball team has given me the opportunity to work with an amazing academic support staff. They support, encourage and challenge me to be better every day on and in off the field.”