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Jul 16
22 MCC student-athletes named to NJCAA all-Academic teams

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22 MCC student-athletes named to NJCAA all-Academic teams

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced that 22 McCook Community College students have been selected to one of three NJCAA all-Academic teams.

Of those 22, eight are members of the women's softball team, four each are from the women's basketball and volleyball teams, and three each play for the men's baseball and golf teams.

To make the first team, student-athletes must maintain a 4.00 grade-point average (GPA). Those with GPAs of 3.80-3.99 are eligible for second team honors and those with GPAs of 3.60-3.79 are named to the third team. Six MCC student-athletes were named first team, four selected to the second team and 12 were named to the third team.

Named to the first team with 4.00 grade-point averages were: Kiera Barr, Granby, Colo. (volleyball); Makenna Bodette, Colorado Springs (women's basketball); Ashley Carson, Ord (volleyball); Shaun Hickey, Summerville, New Brunswick (baseball); Larua Mata, Barcelona, Spain (women's basketball); and Emma McLean, Willetton, Western Australia (softball).

Selected to the second team were: Liliana Belton, Pleasant Hill, Calif. (softball); Nikki Cross, Melbourne, Australia (women's basketball); Graham Gaspard, Breckinridge, Colo. (golf); and Trevor Oberg, McCook, (golf).

Third team selections from MCC included: KC Carlson, Delta, Colo. (golf); Emily Charchuk, Victoria, British Columbia (softball); Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah (volleyball); Makayla Harris, Brighton, Colo. (volleyball); Jade Hollands, Effingham, Kan. (softball); Jerusha Miner, Gunnison Valley, Utah (softball);  Shae Muggridge, Perth, Western Australia (softball); Kassidy Powers, Severance, Colo. (softball); Aubri Ross, Cambridge (softball); Anna Sanjuan, Reus, Spain (women's basketball); Mark Starks, Blair (baseball); and Kade Wroot, North Platte (baseball).

This year student-athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. This year's record eclipsed the previous mark of 6,329 set in the 2017-18 academic year.

"Year in and year out, NJCAA student-athletes continue to set a new standard both on the field and in the classroom," stated NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker."

The 2018-19 academic year was no different as student-athletes raised the bar once again to reiterate the importance of academics throughout the NJCAA. As an association, we take tremendous pride in knowing that our student-athletes put their best foot forward each day to become well-rounded members of their team, their campus, and their communities."

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​