44 MCC student-athletes tabbed for all-academic teams
There were 44 McCook Community College students athletes named to year-end academic teams; 29 were named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic teams and 15 more were selected for the academic all-Region IX team.
“I would like to congratulate all of these student-athletes that were recognized at the end of the year for their outstanding work in the classroom,” said MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “It is difficult to balance both classroom work and everything that goes into being a college athlete, so for them to be able to achieve what they did took a lot of hard work.”
Seven MCC student-athletes were selected to the NJCAA first team with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages, 14 were named to the second team with grade-point averages between 3.80-3.99 and eight were named to the third team with GPAs between 3.60-3.79.
Baseball had nine players on these teams, softball had seven players represented on these teams, volleyball had five, golf had four, women’s basketball three and men’s basketball, one.
In addition to the NJCAA honors, these 29 MCC student-athletes and 15 others were selected to the Region IX All-academic team with GPAs higher than 3.25. There were 13 baseball players who topped 3.25 GPAs, 11 softball players, eight volleyball players, seven women’s basketball players, four on the golf team and one men’s basketball player.
“Some of them will be back and we can’t wait to get started with them again, while others will be transferring, and we want to wish them the best of luck as they move on,” Olsen said.
Five of MCC’s six teams were honored by the NJCAA’s teams of the years with team grade-point averages higher than 3.0, led by golf with a 3.49 team GPA, volleyball with a 3.37, softball 3.32, baseball 3.18 and women’s basketball 3.15.
The NJCAA announced the all-academic teams from their office in North Carolina to recognize student-athletes across the country for their dedication in the classroom.
"Despite obstacles and adjustments, NJCAA student-athletes rose above challenges to display widespread academic success this year," said Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. "It is incredible to see these individuals competing again and accomplishing rich athletic and academic success concurrently, we commend their efforts."
Here are the MCC students who were named to all-academic teams:
FIRST TEAM NJCAA HONORS (4.0 GPAs): Martin Poznanovic, freshman, Uzice, Serbia (men’s basketball); Deniz Sari, sophomore, Koblenz, Germany (golf); Alice Midiri, sophomore, Condove, Italy, (softball); Ashland Baca, freshman, Byers, Colo. (softball); Kallie Cathcart, sophomore, Holly, Colo. (volleyball), KC Carlson, sophomore, Delta, Colo (golf), and Persio Quezada, freshman, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (baseball).
SECOND TEAM NJCAA HONORS (3.80-3.99 G.P.A.): Adam Durband, freshman, Heswall, England (golf); Destiny Davis, sophomore, Oklahoma City, Okla. (women’s basketball); Taylor Thein, freshman, West Branch, Iowa (softball); Kenneth Hartline, freshman, Mitchell (baseball); Ethan Fritz, freshman, Bellevue (baseball); Fernanda Canedo, sophomore, Cochabamba, Boliva, (volleyball); Janie Sommer, freshman, Maxwell, (volleyball); Maite Lara Garcia, freshman, Sant Joan Despi, Spain (women’s basketball); Kristen Mogan, sophomore, Richfield, Utah, (softball); Rae VanMilligan, freshman, Marian, Iowa (softball), Linda Ijeh, freshman, Asaba, Nigeria, (women’s basketball), Brandon McKelvey, freshman, Hamm Lake, Minn. (baseball), and Daegen Morcom, freshman, Winnipeg Manitoba, (baseball).
THIRD TEAM NJCAA HONORS (3.60-3.79 G.P.A.s): Jordan Muschalek, freshman, Odessa, Texas, (baseball); Geneieve Hopkinson, sophomore, Spanish Fork, Utah, (volleyball); Jordan DeMarce, freshman, Las Vegas, Nevada, (baseball); Kojie Santos, sophomore, Melbourne, Australia, (golf); Taryn Jenkins, sophomore, Aldergrove, British Columbia, (softball); Markus Coronado, freshman, Irving, Texas, (baseball), Alexis Cortez, freshman, Aurora, Colo. (volleyball) and Mackenzie Anderson, sophomore, Hyannis, (volleyball).
ALL-REGION IX (3.25-4.00 GPAs): All of the NJCAA Academic-All Americans were selected to this team along with: Ryan Nourse, sophomore, Centennial, Colo., (baseball); Maxim Mrakovcic, freshman, Sydney, Australia, (baseball); Carla Torrubia Cano, sophomore, Melilla, Spain, (women’s basketball); Carmen Leboreiro Irarte, freshman, Lugo, Spain, (women’s basketball); Jordan Jerome, freshman, Rawlins, Wyo. (volleyball); Kaylee Palmieri, freshman, Gibbon (volleyball); Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, sophomore, Gothenburg, (softball); Kelly Snelling, sophomore, Gering, (women’s basketball); Lexee Johnson, sophomore, Delta, Utah, (softball); Melwin Perez, sophomore, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, (baseball); Tristan Browning, freshman, Haslet, Texas, (baseball); Josephine Preece, freshman, North Platte (softball); Sidney Sansgregret, sophomore, Surrey, British Columbia, (softball); Alyssa van Vleet, freshman, Oberlin, (women’s basketball); and Amerika Jones, freshman, Honolulu, Hawaii (volleyball).