JCJC teams, student-athletes shine in classroom

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 13:35:52

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College enjoyed an outstanding season on the playing fields and courts during the 2010-11 school year.

But the performance of the school’s athletic teams in the classroom is an accomplishment that has drawn rave reviews from the administration.

Four Bobcat squads – the men’s and women’s tennis teams, the Lady Bobcat soccer team and the Lady Bobcat softball team – had an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, which enabled them to receive NJCAA Academic Team of the Year status.

“What a tremendous accomplishment by our student-athletes,” said JCJC athletic director Katie Herrington. “First and foremost, we know they are here to receive an education. Their effort in the classroom is a tribute to them and to their coaches.”

The Lady Bobcat tennis team had a 3.38 GPA, while the men’s tennis team had a 3.36, the soccer team had a 3.356 and the softball team had a 3.21. Mark Easley serves as coach for both tennis teams, while Dolores Deasley coaches the women’s soccer team and Chris Robinson coaches the Lady Bobcat softball team.

The women’s basketball team, coached by Sandra Sumrall, just missed out on the list by posting a 2.9 GPA.

Individually, seven Bobcat student-athletes had a GPA of 3.8 or higher, which allowed them to Superior Academic Achievement Awards and three others had a 3.6 GPA or higher which allowed them to receive Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards. Those ten student-athletes – plus six others – had a GPA of 3.25 or higher and are considered Academic All-MACJC (All-State).

Topping the list of individuals with a perfect 4.0 GPA are women’s soccer player Jamie Miller of George County and football player Slater Smith of Quitman. They received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, as well as Superior Academic Achievement.

Receiving NJCAA Superior Academic Awards are women’s soccer player Aubrey Weems of Madison Central with a 3.94, softball player Kayla McDaniel of East Central at 3.91, men’s tennis player Nathan Burkett of Columbia at 3.87, softball player Shannon Mosley of Quitman at 3.82 and women’s tennis and soccer player Arlette Cochran of George County at 3.8.

Receiving NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement status are three West Jones High School graduates: women’s soccer player Bridget Dennis with a 3.6, men’s tennis player Cade Sherman with a 3.66 and baseball player Chase Headrick with a 3.6.

Being named Academic All-MACJC are women’s soccer player Dana Ivey of George County, softball player Heidi Garcich of Reserve, La., men’s tennis player Armand Deniakos of Laurel and baseball players Graham Odom of Pascagoula, and Nick Ray and Ladd Rhodes, both of Gulfport.

To view the NJCAA academic award winners, go to www.njcaa.org.


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