Tabisz, Hammerbeck Earn CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District Mention

From Sports Information Director, May 20, 2011 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College senior hockey players Nick Tabisz and Adam Hammerbeck have earned mention on the Capitol One Academic All-District V teams, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Tabisz was named a first-team academic all-district selection for the second straight year, while Hammerbeck was a second-team choice.

Tabisz, a Kettering, Ohio, native, owns a 3.77 grade point average with a major in mathematics and helped lead St. Norbert's hockey team to a national championship in 2011. Tabisz, a second-team at-large Academic All-America selection last year, scored nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points this past season, and was named a first-team All-American at defenseman for the third consecutive year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Tabisz is the only player in St. Norbert history to be named first-team All-Northern Collegiate Hockey Association in each of his four seasons. Tabisz, who scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win over Adrian College in the NCAA Division III title game, finished his career with 37 goals and 61 assists for 98 points in 118 games.

Hammerbeck, a Superior native, owns a 3.64 grade point average with a biology major. Also a defenseman on the Green Knights' national championship squad, he scored one goal and five assists for six points in 29 games. In 114 career games, he scored five goals and 17 assists for 22 points. Hammerbeck was an assistant captain and was named the team's Hardest Worker Award recipient as a junior and senior. Hammerbeck will be starting dental school at Marquette University this coming fall.

As a first-team all-district selection, Tabisz advances to the national ballot for the at-large Academic All-America team, which is announced in June. The at-large team encompasses student-athletes from the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

To be eligible for national or regional selection, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. The Academic All-America team is selected after All-District teams are picked from eight geographic regions nationally. District V's College Division encompasses Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota schools belonging to NCAA Division II, III or NAIA affiliations.