Former ‘Horn reins in honor | AspenTimes.com

Former ‘Horn reins in honor

Aspen Times Staff

Former Basalt High School soccer standout Cyrus Eaton, currently a sophomore at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., tracks a ball during a recent game. (Courtesy John Eaton)

Former Basalt High School soccer standout Cyrus Eaton recently earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America’s District IV All-Academic first team.

Eaton, a sophomore midfielder at Division I Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., continues the team’s tradition of winning the award: Two Bruins players made the team in 2005. He will now advance to the national level for Academic All-America voting, according to a recent news release. Eaton is the only Atlantic Sun honoree in District IV. The Basalt native and pre-medicine biology major played in all 18 matches for Belmont (7-9-2 overall, 3-3-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) this season and logged 12 starts. He was third on the team with three goals and also recorded two assists. He scored in back-to-back contests – a 3-2 win over UNC-Asheville on Sept. 15, and in a 2-2 tie with Central Arkansas two days later. He scored the tying goal in his team’s 1-1 tie Oct. 7 against the Stetson, the conference’s top team.

Eaton was the 3A Western Slope’s MVP in both 2003 and 2004. During those seasons, he guided the Longhorns to consecutive state semifinal appearances.CoSIDA members vote on the academic awards. In order to be eligible, athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better and play in at least half of their teams’ games.

Each season, CoSIDA selects 816 student-athletes for six men’s teams and six women’s teams in NCAA divisions I, II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.Since its inception in 1952, CoSIDA has honored 14,000 student-athletes.