NJCAA Academic Awards Announced
Jul 6, 2018

NJCAA Announces Academic All-Americans and NJCAA Academic Team of the Year

Twenty-three individual student-athletes and five teams were honored by the NJCAA for their academic success at Pratt Community College. Teams qualifying for the prestigious academic award must earn a cumulative team GPA, which includes all individuals on the competition roster, of a 3.0 or above. The GPA requirement for individuals to earn Academic All-American status is more difficult. Roster athletes must earn at least a 3.6 GPA.

The volleyball team had the department?s highest GPA for the 2017-2018 school year in the athletic department with a 3.40 team GPA. The volleyball squad would be led by 5 individuals receiving Academic All-American honors. Volleyball Coach, Jenny Mueller spoke about her team?s accomplishment stating, "I am very pleased with my team's work ethic and achievement in the classroom," Mueller added, "The team was able to maintain their academic focus and their GPA's are the reflection. I could not be more proud!" The Women's Soccer team was nominated for NJCAA Academic Team of the Year finished with a 3.09 team GPA. When asked Coach Ashley Burnett about the team's GPA, she mentioned, "since day one the importance has been stressed about being a student-athlete and we have vastly improved on the field and in the classroom."

For the sixth consecutive year, the Pratt Community College Wrestling team was named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. The Beavers finished the year with 3.14 GPA and actually was tied for the honor with Rowan-Gloucester College in New Jersey. PCC Wrestling Coach, Ken Kepley stated, "It is not an 'or' proposition; it is an 'and' proposition," when talking about expectations of the wrestling program are. Kepley said, "We can win in wrestling and prepare ourselves academically as well as anybody in the country. This was entirely a team effort," added Kepley. The Beaver Wrestling program was first honored as Academic Team of the Year back in 2011-2012 where their team GPA was 3.04. Their GPA has gradually gotten higher each year and the standard has been set. Finally Kepley wanted to thank the institution?s Student Success Program and our faculty for the academic success of the Wrestling Program.

The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) was represented well for the Academic Team Awards. Barton would finish with 69 Academic All-Americans along with five Academic Team awards: Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Swimming, Volleyball, and Women's Golf. Dodge City Community College Men?s Track Teams would finish with honors for Indoor and Outdoor Track teams. Colby Community College?s Women?s Indoor team would be named NJCAA Team of the Year for their academic success. Finally, one of the newest members to the KJCCC conference, Northwest Technical College would be named Women's Soccer Team of the Year. The conference would finish with 796 student-athlete academic awards. Allen County Community College would be honored as the school whom received third most student-athletes named, where 59 Red Devils were honored.

Pratt Community College Academic All-Americans, along with their sport and GPA is listed below:

First Team (4.00)

Wyatt Akins, Baseball, 4.00

James Brooks, Men's Basketball, 4.00

Taylor Carey, Softball, 4.00

Dalton Hensley, Wrestling, 4.00

Kolby Holmberg, Men's Basketball, 4.00

Madeline Jacobsen, Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track, 4.00

Marisa Jonas, Softball, 4.00

Stephanie Reichenberger, Volleyball, 4.00

Second Team (3.9-3.76)

Juliana Alarcon-Diaz, Women's Basketball, 3.92

Bailey Batman, Volleyball, 3.90

Wyatt Burhcett, Men's Soccer, 3.82

Marc Colman, Men's Soccer, 3.91

Miana Kluas, Women's Basketball, 3.91

Louis Sharp, Men's Soccer, 3.84

Third Team (3.75-3.6)

Miles Allanson, Men's Soccer 3.60

Brayan Balderrama, Wrestling, 3.65

Simon Bassett, Wrestling, 3.60

Ryann Giggey, Women's Soccer, 3.72

Lyndsey Loomis, Softball, 3.66

Blake McGinness, Baseball, 3.73

Brooke Menhussen, Volleyball, 3.75

Brooke Theis, Volleyball, 3.68

Naomi Warren, Volleyball, 3.65