Ever hear your coaches or parents stress the importance of academics and making the proper grades to play a college sport? Well, it’s more important than ever before as the NCAA has increased the requirements for high school athletes to qualify to play a college sport. Get with your high school counselor and map out a plan to keep you on track and keep your dream of playing a college sport alive.

Click the link for New NCAA Eligibility Academic Requirements.
Starting with the Class of 2016 (high school freshmen), the changes are as follows:


  • An athlete must finish 10 core classes before his/her senior year. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and science. See below for the definition of a core class.
  • Athletes must have a minimum GPA of 2.3, up from 2.0.
  • You can be an academic redshirt your freshman with a 2.0 GPA. You will only be able to practice with the team the first semester.
  • Minimum GPA for junior college transfers increased to 2.5, up from 2.3.


Along with GPA’s, the NCAA takes into account your SAT and ACT scores as well. Here’s how the NCAA incorporates standardize tests:

  • Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point averages (GPA).
  • Division II requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
  • The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
  • The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.


The NW Flyers scholarship committee awards college scholarships to recent high school graduates of the track club.  This is the 9th year of the scholarship program.  The winner of the NW Flyers college scholarship award for 2015 is:

AthleteHigh School (Year)College
Akuira YoungTomball Memorial HSRice University

Past athletes receiving awards from the NW Flyers scholarship program include:

AthleteHigh School (Year)College
Rodney RipleyKlein Oak HSTexas A&M Univ
Daina HarperCypress Creek HSUniv of Arkansas
Rashad MartinJersey Village HSStephen F Austin Univ
Leslie Schilsky Cypress Creek HSRice Univ
Devin Bogert Homeschool (2011)Texas A&M Univ
Krystyn Bradley Klein HS (2011)Texas A&M Univ
Tunde Leshi Cy-Springs HS (2011)Texas Tech Univ
Jordan HofbauerLangham Creek HS (2010)Univ of Houston
Kelley RoachCy-Creek HS (2010)Cornell Univ
Lauren RoverConcordia Luth HS (2010)Baylor Univ
Alexandra RoachCy-Creek HS (2008)Southern Methodist Univ
Kalie RoverConcordia Luth HS (2008)Baylor Univ
Charlissa FosterCameron Yoe HS (2007)Univ of Houston
Charles FosterCameron Yoe HS (2007)Univ of Houston
Adrian GuzmanKlein HS (2006)Univ of Houston
Bradley HibbertCy-Creek HS (2006)Michigan State
Josh PostenHouston Christian (2006)Texas A &M
Lindsay RoachCy-Creek HS (2006)Duke Univ
Norman Saunders IIIScarborough HS (2005)Lamar University

NW Flyers athletes that are graduating high school , we encourage you to apply for next year’s scholarship. For more information on the NW Flyers scholarship program please contact Dr. Kerry Kirkman, the committee chairperson or Pal Roach, director.  Applications can be found on below.

Michael Barbas signs with Duke
Michael Barbas, Class of 2008 - signs with Duke (shot, discus)
Laura Allred signs with Ohio State
Laura Allred, Class of 2007 - signs with Ohio State (high jump)
Lauren Rover Signs with Baylor
Lauren Rover, Class of 2010 - signs with Baylor (HJ, heptathlon)
Kelley Roach Signing with Cornell
Kelley Roach, class of 2010 - signs with Cornell (triple jump)
Josh Posten signs with Texas A M
Josh Posten, Class of 2006 -signs with Texas A&M (javelin)
Daina Harper Signs with Univ of Arkansas
Daina Harper, class of 2013 - signs with Univ of Arkansas (sprints)
Lauren Kuhner signs with Southern Methodist Univ
Lauren Kuhner, Class of 2006 - signs with Southern Methodist Univ (heptathlon, shot, discus)
Leslie Schilsky signs with Rice
Leslie Schilsky, class of 2012- signs with Rice (mid-distance)
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