Georgia College womens basketball standout Shanteona Keys is used to getting basketball honors, but off-the-court attention is growing.
She will be recognized at the 30th annual Peach of an Athlete Role Model banquet March 25 at the Cobb Energy Centre.
The Role Model banquet, of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, cites athletes who are positive role models by excelling in the classroom and field or court as well as by community service.
Keys was one of two non-Division I finalists for the female honor, which went to Georgia Techs Shyla Bivins.
Keys also has been named as one of 14 Division II -- and 84 overall -- nominees for the Womens Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Good Works team, designed to recognize who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service, according to a release.
Keys made the list that covered Division II and III, and NAIA and is the only Peach Belt Conference player noted.
The junior from Roswell is president of the schools student-athletic advisory committee as well as the conferences national representative for the group. She is Georgia Colleges first womens basketball player to be named a Capital One All-American and owns a 4.0 in mass communications, having made the Presidents List the past four straight semesters.
Georgia Colleges Abby Dalton and Ashley Veilleux were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of Americas Division II All-Southeast Region teams.
Dalton, a junior from Mount de Sales, led the Bobcats with eight assists and earned second-team all-conference. She owns the teams career assist mark with a year of eligibility left.
Veilleux led the Georgia College in with 19 points and nine goals to earn first-team all-conference. She was a second-team all-region selection a year ago, becoming the programs second player to be honored twice by the NSCAA.
Georgia College finished 10-7-3 and 5-4-2, finishing second in the conference tournament.
Rachel Reynolds is now the answer to a Georgia College trivia question, as the first major honoree for the new volleyball program.
The outside hitter was named Peach Belt freshman of the year after finishing third in the conference in kills per set, ninth in total kills and 11th in attack percentage.
The Pope graduate had a pair of matches with more than 20 kills, 18 in double digits.
The Bobcats finished 6-23 overall and 2-23 in conference action.
Georgia Colleges soccer team was among those making the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award list recently.
Teams must have a 3.0 for the 2012-13 year, and Georgia College had a 3.32. It made the list a year ago with a 3.21.
Mercers women (3.30) and men (3.10) also made the list, as did several other in-state programs, including Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Valdosta State, LaGrange, Agnes Scott, Armstrong Atlantic State, Berry, Columbus State, Young Harris, Emmanuel, SCAD, Brewton-Parker, Piedmont and Thomas.
More A-Sun basketball games will be available on local cable systems, thanks to a recent agreement with Cox Sports Television, Bright House Sports Network and Time Warner Cable.
The three networks will separately or team to broadcast another dozen A-Sun mens basketball games, including the mens tournament semifinals and womens final.
Cox Sports is on Cox Cable, channels 337 and 1337.
Florida Gulf Coasts trip to Stetson on Jan. 5 opens the schedule in Bright House and Cox.
Mercers games against Kennesaw State (Jan. 10 and Feb. 7) will be on Cox Sports TV.
Most conference basketball teams are taking a break for exams.
Mercer and USC Upstate are the only mens teams with winning records, Mercer at 6-4 and USC Upstate at 5-4. Florida Gulf Coast is even at 4-4 with everybody else below .500, Northern Kentucky (1-7) and Stetson (1-10) at the bottom.
Mercer is the lone conference team getting votes in the CollegeInsider.com mens mid-major poll, with three points, and has two opponents getting votes: No. 20 Ohio and Evansville, tied for 34th with Radford.
Three teams on the womens side winning marks: 5-3 Florida Gulf Coast, and Mercer and Stetson at 5-4 with Northern Kentucky at 4-4. Lipscomb and Kennesaw State have one win apiece.
Florida Gulf Coast is 11th in the womens CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll.
Around Georgia College/Peach Belt
Georgia Colleges best start since 2006-07 is finally getting some attention from voters.
The Bobcats women got five points in the latest USA Today coaches poll.
Georgia College is 6-0 and is one of three Peach Belt teams to get attention. Clayton State is No. 7 and North Georgia had 24 points.
Tipoff for Saturdays Fort Valley State-Selma womens basketball game at Fort Valley has been changed from 6 p.m. to 2 p.m.
FVSU is 1-6 after falling Tuesday night on 80-66 to No. 7 Clayton State.