The PC Column

During social distancing, PC student still calls local, ‘supportive’ community home - and an athletics update and Katie Thompson award.



While the coronavirus pandemic meant PC students were unable to return to campus following spring break, those like sophomore Justin Nobles remained in the community while most have been away.

Nobles is a commuter student from Cross Hill and went to Clinton High School, so he’s still only around 20 minutes from campus. 

During a regular academic semester, he would’ve been balancing classes and athletic practices. As a commuter student, his time at home usually includes homework and resting. 

Recently, his house became a classroom, too, and his sleep schedule wasn’t quite the same. Life didn’t change as much as it did for someone who is now home miles away, but it has been different and challenging since taking online classes.   

“I am used to moving from class to class all day and having cross country practice, wrestling practice or both on a weekly basis,” Nobles said. “I have more late nights, and I use them to keep up with my assignments.”

“I know that it was a difficult decision for PC to go online for the rest of the semester, but they made that decision to protect all of us students that we are able to have the possibility of coming back in the fall.”

Nobles is an early childhood education major with an elementary add-on. He’s wanted to teach since high school, when he knew he wanted to be involved in educating children.

Some of Nobles’ first moments on campus go back to around the sixth grade, when he started the CHAMPS program. He chose PC because he saved on college, including costs related to commuting. He recently served as a CHAMPS mentor himself. 

“The things I enjoy the most about being a student at PC are that the professors are always there for you when you need them,” he said, “and my coaches in cross country and wrestling both gave me the opportunity to walk-on when I was a freshman. They are very committed to our education and work with our class schedule when it comes to practices.”

While the coronavirus pandemic persists, instead of classes, practices and games, when Nobles has driven by campus, he says it’s quiet. There are occasionally a few people out walking around or trying to stay active while social distancing.

Still, he views both the College and Clinton as special.

“The Clinton community is a supportive community for everyone and also are very supportive of PC students.”


About PC: Presbyterian College is between Columbia and Greenville, in the college town of Clinton, S.C. At PC, we’re noted as much for our challenging academics as we are for our one-of-a-kind mascot: the Blue Hose. Our students are one-of-a-kind too: They bring their own interests and abilities to campus and pursue them with gusto. Students customize their education by choosing from 50-plus majors and pre-professional programs. They’re taught and mentored by a faculty whose #1 priority is their students’ success. Students research, intern, and study abroad. And they get involved on campus, a place defined by honor and ethics. PC prepares students to be fulfilled personally and professionally so they can contribute to today’s global society. 




Seven Blue Hose Teams Earn NCAA APR Recognition


The NCAA has recognized nearly 1,300 programs from 326 Division I schools for academic excellence after they scored in the top 10% of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results. Seven teams from Presbyterian College were honored, including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and women's soccer.

This marks the fifth straight year the cross country and women's golf teams have picked up the distinction. Women's soccer, which earned this honor for the 11th straight season, has been recognized by the NCAA for academic excellence since the team has been eligible (2008-09).  This is the fourth year overall that men's tennis has been recognized, and the third straight for women's tennis.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.

Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,380, up by 52 from the previous academic year, largely due to an increase in squads with perfect scores. APRs for programs in the top 10% ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,266, an increase of 52 teams from last year.

Of the teams recognized, 499 competed in men’s or mixed sports and 881 competed in women’s sports. Every women’s team earning a Public Recognition Award this year also earned a perfect score. Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR (the most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 academic years).

This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. By measuring eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of academic performance in each sport.


PC baseball infielder names to all-academic


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Presbyterian College senior infielder Garrett Jones has been selected to the Big South All-Academic Team. Jones owns a 4.0 GPA as a Business major with a concentration in accounting.

The senior appeared in 14 games while making 12 starts, which included seven starts at third base and five starts at second base in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. 

Jones racked up three doubles and had three RBIs on the season while swiping a pair of bases. He had a multi-hit contest including a double against Notre Dame on February 28

The Big South Baseball All-Academic Team consists of one student-athlete from each institution that meets the criteria of having completed at least one academic year at the institution, maintains at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and is of sophomore standing (academically and athletically). 

THOMPSON: prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence recipient.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Senior Katie Thompson has been awarded the Big South Conference's prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence on Wednesday.

The award is given to the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest GPA during their undergraduate collegiate careers. It is the eighth consecutive year with a record total, and the fourth-straight year at least eight student-athletes have been honored.

Big South member institutions nominate one male and one female undergraduate student-athlete for the annual Christenberry Award. The honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Augusta University) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference. A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry served as the league's first President from 1983-86. 

"Congratulations to these 12 outstanding student-athletes as recipients of the Christenberry Award, the Big South Conference's highest academic honor," said Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. "To think that they all completed their undergraduate academic career with perfect GPAs, especially with the demands placed on them as student-athletes, is truly incredible. To be winners both on the field of play and in their academic careers truly exemplify the highest ideals of the Big South Conference."

Thompson becomes the first Blue Hose since the 2017-18 academic year when Janie Miles (Women's Basketball) and Jonathan Turley (Men's Soccer) earned the honors.

Earlier this spring, she became the first women's tennis player in league history to win back-to-back Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards since 2016 and 2017 and the seventh player overall to earn multiple scholar-athlete of the year honors.

Thompson is an Early Childhood Education major holding a 4.0 GPA.

She appeared in 12 matches during the abbreviated 2020 spring season (five singles, seven doubles), and her 6-1, 6-4 singles victory against Winthrop on March 12 tied the PC Division I program record for career wins in Big South matches (14). During the fall season, Thompson earned a flight win at the Elon Fall Invitational, as well as a doubles victory at the ITA Regionals with Beth Taylor. A 2019 All-Conference honoree in doubles, Thompson also paired with Beth Lacey for two wins at the Furman Duals while adding two victories in singles action. Thompson claimed two singles wins and a doubles victory at the Wofford Invitational in November.

In her career, Thompson finished her career with 55 combined wins, which included 33 singles wins throughout her time as a Blue Hose. Thompson ranks third in career singles win percentage at .569 (33-25) and leads the Blue Hose in doubles win percentage at .688 (22-10). 

Below are the 2019-20 Big South Conference Christenberry Award candidates, as nominated by their institutions. Each individual receives a personalized medallion for this achievement.

School Female Nominee (Sport) Male Nominee (Sport)
Campbell Madison Baiotto (Swimming) Ian Rees (Soccer)
Charleston Southern Caroline Edmondson (Track & Field) Jaret Bennett (Baseball)
Gardner-Webb Allison Chandler (Golf) Brian Stepanek (Soccer)
  Jennifer Jackson (Swimming)  
  Courtney Kanetzke (Track/Cross Country)  
Hampton Erica Cosimo-Bradfield (Soccer) Jonathan Napier (Lacrosse)
High Point Charis Dinger (Track/Cross Country) Grey Little (Baseball)
Longwood Dana Joss (Lacrosse) Teagan Stephenson (Golf)
Presbyterian College Katie Thompson (Tennis) Garrett Jones (Baseball)
Radford Brittany Rinaldi (Lacrosse) Jacob Wilkinson (Soccer)
UNC Asheville Adee Weller (Swimming) Tyree McFalling (Track & Field)
USC Upstate Riley Popplewell (Basketball) Jordan Warnock (Golf)
Winthrop Karina Grant (Track & Field) Zak Butt (Golf)

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