Nighbor, Shaw Earn NEC Scholar-Athlete Honors

Ellen Nighbor and Ted Shaw earned Scholar-Athlete Awards for the Spring 2017 season.
Ellen Nighbor and Ted Shaw earned Scholar-Athlete Awards for the Spring 2017 season.

Sacred Heart University seniors Ellen Nighbor (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Ted Shaw (Southington, Conn.) have been named Northeast Conference Spring Scholar-Athletes. Nighbor earns the honor for women's golf, while Shaw was selected in baseball.

"Congratulations to Ellen and Ted on being named Scholar-Athletes of the year, it is an honor they truly deserve," said Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine. "I would also like to congratulate all of our spring student-athletes for their success in the classroom, they are to be commended."

Nighbor, the two-time reigning NEC Golfer of the Year, lead the Pioneers to their first-ever NEC crown and NCAA Tournament berth this spring, winning the individual crown. She recorded six top-five finishes as a senior, averaging 75.3 strokes per round.  Nighbor, a three-time NEC Academic Honor Roll selection, graduated in May with a degree in Marketing.

Shaw is the ninth player in program history to eclipse 200 hits, doing so in he 2017 NEC Championship Game and graduated as the program's all-time leader in walks, with 110.  He batted .300 during 59 starts as a senior, driving in 21 runs and a team-best 68 hits. Shaw is a three-time NEC Commissioners Honor Roll selection and graduated in May with degrees in Finance and Business Economics.

The NEC also announced the Spring Academic Honor Roll and Spring Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. SHU placed a conference-best 185 on the Academic Honor Roll, posting a GPA over 3.20.  The Pioneers also had a league-high 53 student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, for cumulative GPA's over 3.75.

SHU Athletics is a member of the Northeast Conference, a 10-instutition NCAA Division I conference. The Pioneers have won a conference-record seven Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cups, including the past two cups.  SHU earned its sixth NEC Building Communities Award in June 2017 and have won that honor in back-to-back years.  SHU student-athletes have combined for semester GPA's over 3.0 for 17 consecutive semesters and earned the 2015-16 NEC Institutional Academic Award.