Five From Tech Named Academic All-District

Three football players and two volleyball players represent Arkansas Tech University on the fall 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI honor squads.

Senior Danny Martin of Tulsa, Okla., junior Jake Denzer of Elkins and junior Drake Widener of Beebe were all named academic all-district in recognition of their performance on the football field and in the classroom.

Tech volleyball team members Sarah Von Lienen, a senior from Lakeland, Fla., and Laura Farney, a junior from Morton, Ill., were similarly honored for their work as student-athletes.

In order to be eligible for nomination for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams, an individual must have at least 3.20 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be a starter or an important reserve and be in at least their second season of athletic and academic eligibility at their current school.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI teams include student-athletes from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Martin (photographed, top right) is a four-year letterman as a linebacker for the Arkansas Tech football team and a two-time academic all-district selection. He has 161 career tackles entering his final game as a Wonder Boy against Southwest Baptist on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Denzer (photographed, second right) and Widener (photographed, third right) are both working on their third letters at Arkansas Tech. Like Martin, they were both members of the 2009 Arkansas Tech team that finished 9-3 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Widener plays on the Tech offensive line, while Denzer splits his time between playing fullback and punting.

Von Lienen and Farney have been part of two GSC West Division championship volleyball teams (2008 and 2010) at Arkansas Tech.

Von Lienen (photographed, fourth right) ranks fourth in Tech history in kills (1,403). She was named All-NCAA Division II South Region and All-GSC West Division in 2008 and 2009.

Farney (photographed, bottom right) has 973 career kills and 721 career digs. She was All-GSC West Division in 2009.