Archive for June, 2013

Aaron Sparks, Exemplary Academic Achievement

Three Bucs Named NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award Winners

The NJCAA Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., released the names of the 2012-2013 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards. The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers Student-Athletes saw three student-athletes honored, the most of any year. The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards honors student-athletes who have completed their Sophomore year with a high cumulative GPA. The NJCAA academic awards are:

  • NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
  • NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)
  • NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

The Bucs Baseball team saw two student-athletes named for Exemplary Academic Achievement with first baseman Ryan Karl and left-handed pitcher Aaron Sparks receiving the award. Aaron Sparks finished his career at CVCC with a 3.67 GPA. Sparks appeared in 10 games on the season throwing 13 strikeouts and posting a 2.60 era. Sparks will continue his college and baseball career at Emory and Henry University in Virginia. Ryan Karl finished his time at CVCC with a 3.79 GPA. Karl appeared in 29 games hitting 3 home runs and batting in 23 rbi. Karl also led the team with 11 doubles. Karl will continue his college and baseball career at Cornell University in New York this fall.

The Men’s Basketball team saw Sophomore guard Victor Moore named for Superior Academic Achievement with a 3.81 GPA. Moore appeared in 24 games while scoring 86 points and shooting 54.7% from the field. Moore will continue his college career at Appalachian State University where he received an Academic Scholarship for his academic success.

Academic Student-Athlete Award Winners

Aaron Sparks, Exemplary Academic Achievement

Ryan Karl, Exemplary Academic Achievement

Victor Moore, Superior Academic Achievement


Incoming Basektball Freshman Honored

Incoming Freshman Point Guard Daron Gipson from Neuse Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) was named first team All-American NCSAA (National Christian School Athletic Association). Gipson was also named the Small-School Division player of the year by the NCSAA.

Gipson, a point guard, helped the Neuse Christian Lions to a 20-10 record and a 12-1 League record. He averaged 21.6 points, 5.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game.

Freshman Ryan Smith

Baseball Fr. Ryan Smith named an NJCAA All-American

Freshman Ryan Smith

For the second year in a row the Catawba Valley Baseball team sees a student-athlete named as an NJCAA All-American. Freshman First Baseman Ryan Smith was named 3rd team All-American. Ryan is one of only 8 freshman selected as an NJCAA All-American. Ryan led the Buccaneers with a .415 batting average (23rd in the nation) on the season and posted 51 hits with 15 walks. Ryan scored 35 runs and hit in 29 rbi. He was one of the toughest Bucs to strike out, striking out only 7 times in 123 at bats. Ryan also sat at 22nd in the nation with 8 sacrifice hits.
This marks the second All-American for Baseball and is the third All-American this year at CVCC. For the full All-American list go to: