Springfield's Chad Shade, Williams' Rebecca Duncan earn CoSIDA academic All-District honors
The Berkshire Eagle
Chad Shade has picked up another award at Springfield College. This one comes on the academic side.
Shade has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Baseball team. The award is given to student-athletes who excel on the field and in the classroom.
Shade, a senior who plays football and baseball at Springfield, has a 3.69 grade-point average in physical education. On the field, the center fielder helped Springfield get to a 5-0 record before the 2020 season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He started the year by going 6 for 18 with six runs batted in and three runs scored.
For his career, Shade is batting .310 with six home runs, 49 RBI, 14 doubles and four triples. He has stolen 46 bases in 52 attempts.
Shade is not the only player with Berkshire County connections to make a CoSIDA All-Academic District team.
Williams softball player Rebecca Duncan, a senior from Simi Valley, Calif., was named first team All-District.
Duncan holds a 3.60 GPA with a double major of English/Pre-medicine.
As a player, she was 49-13 in the pitching circle with four saves. Duncan had a 1.71 earned-run average, struck out 360 and walked 99. At the plate, she had a .570 career batting average with 28 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs and 26 RBI. She scored 96 runs.
MCLA athletes honored
WESTFIELD — Three MCLA athletes were named to the MASCAC Spring Sportsmanship team.
The conference recognizes one student-athlete from each team in every sport during the season.
Named to the team were Dhandray Sistrunk for baseball, Kim Granito in women's lacrosse and Erika Quackenbush in softball.
Great Barrington's Gilderdale top athlete
WESTFIELD — Lauren Gilderdale, a Great Barrington native, has been named the female co-athlete of the year at Westfield State University.
Gilderdale, who went to high school at Housatonic Valley in Connecticut, was a key component of the women's track and field team during the 2019-20 school year.
Westfield won its fourth consecutive women's indoor track and field championships. Gilderdale helped the Owls by winning the weight throw with a college-record mark of 17.25 meters (56 feet, 7.25 inches) at the 2020 MASCAC indoor meet. She also qualified for the NCAA Division III championships, an event canceled by the pandemic.
Over her Westfield Career, Gilderdale has won six MASCAC individual titles.
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