JDHS grad Rhea wins ESPN academic award

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009

JDHS graduate and Oregon State sophomore guard Talis Rhea has been named to the "ESPN The Magazine" Academic All-District VIII Second Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced recently.

CoSIDA selects all-academic teams in 12 different sports throughout the year. Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 and be a starter or significant reserve. They must also be at least sophomores. Each district is then voted upon by sports information directors in their region and those student-athletes who earned first-team status are eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

Rhea, who double majors in education and exercise and sport science, was named to the second team after capturing a 3.54 cumulative grade point average through the end of fall term.

Rhea has played a big role for the Beavers this season as they enter Thursday night's game with a 13-8 overall record. The Juneau native has started in all 21 games and leads the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game. She has also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Rhea leads the Beavers with 49 three-pointers, which is tied for the fifth-best single-season mark in school history. As a freshman last season, Rhea hit on 67 three-pointers, which is the second most in a single-year.

Rhea is the second player to earn an all-district honor during head coach LaVonda Wagner's tenure at Oregon State. Mandy Close was named to the All-District VIII Third Team in 2005-06.

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