CVCC student-athletes claim NJCAA All-Academic Awards

One athletic team and 10 student-athletes from Catawba Valley Community College have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their performances in the classroom during the 2016-17 academic year.

The NJCAA announced its All-Academic Student-Athlete and Team honors on Friday.

“We take academics very seriously here at Catawba Valley Community College,” said CVCC Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. “I’d like to thank Tisha England, Tim Peeler and Jerry Sain for all of their dedication to our student-athletes. It’s a testament to their hard work and the hard work of our student-athletes that we were able to achieve so much success as an athletic program.”

Individual student-athletes are named to the All-Academic teams based on their grade point averages. First-team selections carry a 4.0 GPA or greater, second-team selections carry a 3.8 to 3.99 GPA and third-team selections carry a 3.6 to 3.79 GPA.

Teams are honored by the NJCAA for having a combined grade point average of 3.0 or greater. The teams with the highest GPA in each respective sport are named Academic Team of the Year, while the other qualifying teams receive honorable mention.

The CVCC women’s basketball program was one of 85 teams in the sport to receive honorable mention for their combined team GPA of 3.07.

Of the 10 individual Red Hawk student-athletes honored for their academics, six are members of the CVCC baseball program, including first-team selection Charles Hall.

Chandler Jenkins — the first National Player of the Year in school history — was named to the All-Academic third team along with teammates Daniel Brinegar, David Graves, James Marcelli and Tomas Goco.

The six NJCAA All-Academic team members for the Red Hawks baseball team are the most in program history.

Four CVCC volleyball players were also named to the NJCAA All-Academic teams, including three on the first team — Courtney Eckman, Jenna Dunsmore and Sabrina Pinard.

The Lady Red Hawks’ Regan Redmond was also honored with a third-team selection.