In a recent announcement from the American Midwest Conference (AMC), Paige Forshee (SR/Leadwood, Mo.) was named to the AMC Champions of Character Team.
Five other Lady Eutectic basketball players were named to the AMC Academic All-Conference Team.
The Champions of Character Team is comprised of one athlete from each competing AMC team who is selected by his or her team to be the player who best represents the Five Core Values of the NAIA's Champions of Character Initiative – respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.
Forshee, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in January, was unable to play during the second half of the season of her senior year. At the Eutectics' final home game, the coaches from both teams agreed on a way to allow her to play in the final home game of her career. It was a ceremonial tip-off that put her in possession of the ball before a substitution time-out was called within the first seconds of the game.
Head coach Ashley Allen said that while there were a few others on her 2016-17 Eutectic team that stood out as possible nominees for the Champions of Character team, Forshee was the best fit for the award.
"Paige is one of the most coachable athletes I have coached. But in addition to that, she sets an example of true 'Champions of Character' athlete," said Allen. "When Paige was forced to set aside basketball to recovery from injuries, she set an example of what it means to be a part of a TEAM. She was there along the sideline to support her team, all along the way. Paige always maintained her commitment, leadership, and also ALWAYS strived to be the best student-athlete she could be. Most of all, Paige never complained."
Five of Forshee's teammates earned Academic All-Conference Honors: Morgan Dermody (SO/Highland, Ill.), Sunyoung Go (FR/St. Louis, Mo.), Gabrielle Morgan (FR/Collinsville, Ill.), Lauren Roethemeyer (JR/St. Louis, Mo.), and Morgan Rose (SO/Lake St. Louis, Mo.). To qualify as Academic All-Conference, a student-athlete must finish the season with his or her team, must be in the second term of attendance at the nominating institution, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.