(RMC release)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Friday that Nicole Sparks of the Rocky Mountain College women’s soccer team has been named to the 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Team.

Sparks is the first Rocky women’s soccer player to be named to the annual team since 2014. The junior from Helena, Montana played in nine games (one start) for the Battlin’ Bears this season. In 354 minutes, Sparks took had one shot on goal.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer.

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There was a total of 614 student-athletes across the country named to the team. Spring Arbor (Mich.) boasted the most individuals on the list with 14 total. Indiana Tech is next on the list with 10 athletes honored.