NEWBERG, Ore. --- The Northwest Conference has announced the 2015-16 NWC First Team Scholar-Athletes Thursday, and standout athletes Grant Schroeder and Dakota Buhler were the recipients for the Bruins.
The list is comprised of the top male and female student-athletes from each of the nine Northwest Conference institutions as nominated by each school's director of athletics and faculty athletics representative.
Schroeder, a quarterback from Corvallis, Oregon, has played in every game for the Bruins since the program was reinstated after a 46-year absence. He had a breakout sophomore year improving his numbers from 2014 in every aspect. He threw for 2,241 yards and 17 touchdowns. He ranked fourth in the NWC in yards per game (224.1) and fifth in touchdowns. He also improved his completion percentage to 56.5 percent after 47.1 percent in his freshman season. With him behind the center, the Bruins made a huge jump in 2015 with a 4-6 overall record, which was three more than their first season.
Schroeder is an engineering major and is maintaining a 3.725 GPA. He made the Dean's List each semester in the 2015-16 academic year, and was a recipient of the Schweiger Memorial and College of Engineering Scholarships. He also serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Club (SAAC) and the Engineering Student Advisory Board, while being an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Coach Casey had this to say about his starting quarterback, "Grant is a true leader on the George Fox football team and an outstanding student-athlete on and off the field. He has been critical to the success of the young program, stepping into a leadership role as a freshman and developing it as a sophomore."
Buhler, a track star from McMinnville, Oregon, was one of several Bruins to compete at the 2016 NCAA Division III National Track & Field Championships. She moved up to second all-time in the track and field records this season in the triple jump. She also helped the Bruins place second in the NWC Championships, earning an All-Conference honor.
Buhler is an English major with an impressive 3.816 GPA. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta (an English honor society), and the inaugural class of the William Penn Honors Program. She co-wrote and presented a paper at the Northwest Communication Conference, participated in a mission trip to Uganda, served as a camp counselor at Camp Tapawingo and worked with children's and youth ministries at Salt Creek Baptist Church.
Coach John Smith had this to say about Dakota, "Dakota is always cheering on her teammates, encouraging them at practice. Annie Wright was the freshman she trained with all year and she came to all the event practices just to watch and encourage Annie. When we were preparing for nationals, she stopped doing all the heptathlon events and just focused on the triple jump. She is a great competitor, but is engaged with others and has a great relationship with some of her toughest competitors. She is humble in victory and gracious in defeat."
For a complete list of all the NWC First Team Scholar-Athletes, click here.