BRISTOL, Tenn. – With basketball season over, Conference Carolinas has announced their men's and women's basketball scholar athletes of the year, and a pair of King University student-athletes were selected. Logan Lyle won his second straight men's basketball scholar athlete of the year award, and Chelsea Bowling earned the women's basketball scholar athlete of the year for the first time.
Bowling, a senior has carried a 3.80 GPA while majoring in athletic training along with being a member of the National Athletic Training Educations Honor Society (Iota Tau Alpha). She arrived at King in the fall of 2012 and has been on the Dean's List all five semesters she is been at King along with being named academic all-conference each of the last two seasons.
The Elizabethton native has worked with many sports at King and at local high schools and businesses to complete her clinical rotations for the Athletic Training Program. Other than King, she worked with Sullivan East High School, Tennessee High School, Champion Physical Therapy and Virginia Intermont College.
Athletically, Bowling earned second team all-conference honors for the first time after, ranking second in Conference Carolinas in both three-point baskets and three-point field goal percentage. The senior shot a blistering 40.8 percent from long range, knocking down 73 triples this season. Her three-point percentage also ranks her 30th in all of NCAA Division II. The Elizabethton native also led King in scoring, averaging 10.7 points per game. Earlier this year she posted a career-high, scoring 23 points in a win over Barton College where she went 8-for-12 from three-point range. She followed that with a 20-point performance going 6-for-13 from long range in a win at Erskine.
Lyle has been named the men's basketball scholar athlete of the year for the second straight year. Earlier this year, the King University Resident Assistant became the first King men's basketball player to earn Capital One Academic All-District honors and carries a 3.56 GPA while majoring in business management with a minor in leadership.
The senior was also named second team NABC All-Region, and second team Daktronics All-Region along with earning first team All-Conference Carolinas honors. The Unicoi native led Conference Carolinas and ranked third in NCAA Division II in three-point baskets this season with 108 triples. His three-point percentage of 40.3 ranked fifth in the league and his average of 3.60 trifectas per contest is seventh in the country. Lyle has hit at least four three-point baskets 14 times, including a career-best eight when he scored a season-high 26 points in King's win over Southern Wesleyan University. He is the team's scoring leader and ranks sixth in Conference Carolinas with an average of 16.7 points per game.
The senior is the active NCAA (all divisions) leader in career three-point makes with 383. Those 383 three-point makes rank him second in school history behind Mark Dockery's 388. In his career, Lyle poured in 1,751 points, becoming the fourth player is school history to eclipse the 1,700-point plateau. His career average of 15.0 points per game ranks him fifth in school history and his 40.7 three-point field goal percentage is seventh on the all-time King list. Lyle also shot well from the free throw line, ranking second in King history with a free throw percentage of 84.7.