A former Thomson Bulldog baseball player was named to the 2020 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Team of Academic Distinction.
Senior Brian Smith, starting outfielder for the Augusta Jaguars, was named to the squad last month.
The season-long program recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field.
To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor. The student must also achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution.
The conference is proud of the students who competed, even with events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt Conference is home to 35 NCAA Division II National Championships. Twelve member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida compete in 15 championship sports.
Conference 2019-20 members are Augusta University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Flagler College, Francis Marion University, Georgia College, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of North Georgia, University of South Carolina Aiken and Young Harris College.
Smith, the son of Brad and Laura Smith, is a 2016 graduate of Thomson High School, where he lettered for four years in football and baseball.
He is majoring in Kinesiology, which studies the mechanics of human movement and how they impact our health and wellbeing.