They are true student-athletes: Jordan Hasay, Lauren Barnum and Philip Adam have distinguished themselves at the highest levels of their respective collegiate levels, and their coursework has been just as impressive.

Adam, a St. Joseph graduate, graduated magna cum laude from Rice University, where he was a qualifier for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships and a three-time Conference USA men’s decathlon champion.

Hasay, an Arroyo Grande native and Mission Prep graduate, is a two-time NCAA Indoors national champion, in the mile and 3,000 meters for the University of Oregon. She carries a 3.96 GPA in human physiology and is the first sophomore Capital One Academic All-American in any sport.

Barnum, a first-timer in the sport of crew, rowed in the UC Santa Barbara novice boat that took a silver medal at the club nationals. The environmental studies major, and Pioneer Valley graduate, carried a 3.3 GPA her freshman year at UCSB.

I suspect that when people moan about “The troubles in college athletics,” they’re really lumping everything together with big-time college football and men’s basketball which, yes, have more than their share of troubles.

The lumping together is unfair. True student-athletes in all sports deserve to be recognized. Combining sports and schoolwork is tough as it is. What these three have accomplished is extraordinary.

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Baseball fever; catch it: Babe Ruth and Little League district championships will be decided in the coming days. Babe Ruth championship rounds finish this weekend. Little League district titles will be decided this coming week.

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I don’t know if this will qualify for Sports Illustrated’s “Sign of the Apocalypse,” but it should: ESPN airs the Nathan’s Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, which Joey Chestnut won by downing 62 hot dogs.

I’m sorry, but I don’t consider a “competition” in which people stuff themselves with food a sport.

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