Seven Blinn Athletic Programs Named NJCAA Academic Teams Of The Year
The NJCAA has recognized the Blinn College baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and volleyball teams for academic achievement.
All seven teams were named 2020-21 NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year after maintaining a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better throughout the academic year.
“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes for their tremendous excellence in the classroom,” said Scott Schumacher, athletic director. “Blinn College had a historic number of teams and athletes that were recognized by the NJCAA with academic honors during this unprecedented year. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, and academic support staff.”
The volleyball team posted a 3.57 GPA, the softball team posted a 3.48 GPA, the men’s golf team posted a 3.36 GPA, the women’s soccer team posted a 3.35 GPA, the baseball team posted a 3.24 GPA, and the women’s golf team and men’s soccer team each posted a 3.01 GPA. In addition, 61 Blinn athletes were named to the NJCAA All-American team for maintaining a GPA of 3.60 or higher.
Hailey Atwood (women’s basketball), Brooke Borden (volleyball), Joseph Boyce (men’s soccer), Callum Burton (baseball), Angel Chase (women’s soccer), Kyndal Coufal (volleyball), Maribel Garza (women’s soccer), Patrick Hail (baseball), Hope Hillhouse (women’s soccer), Madison Kanelos (women’s soccer), Marley Mahoney (softball), Rebekah Malik (women’s basketball), Rodrigo Marquez (men’s soccer), Emily Murphy (softball), Grace Parada (women’s soccer), Lixai Perez Velez (volleyball), Natilee Reed (softball), Emily Smajstria (volleyball), Renna Toomey (softball), Ethan Unger (men’s soccer), and Jadon Vann (men’s basketball) were named to the first team with perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Ashley Acuna (volleyball), Alex Bowman (women’s basketball), Jared Esparza (football), Amy Hitt (softball), Jordan Jenkins (football), Edwin Mata (men’s soccer), Jackson Mueller (football), Mason Muras (baseball), Acie Prince (softball), Hayden Roup (men’s golf), Loren Scott (volleyball), Savannah Sebek (volleyball), Tatum Smidovec (volleyball), Dalton Stevenson (baseball), Ashely Taylor (volleyball), and Morgan Zachos (women’s soccer) were named second-team All-Academic for posting GPAs between 3.80 and 3.99.
Mia Anguiano (women’s soccer), Evan Aschenbeck (baseball), Morgan Beene (women’s soccer), Keely Castillo (softball), Justin Dees (men’s golf), Katelyn Foster (women’s golf), Madeline Goad (women’s golf), Cameron Gray (men’s golf), Jessica Hardin (volleyball), Pearson Hendrix (football), Lindy Jenkins (women’s soccer), Kendall Johnson (softball), Megan Kessler (volleyball), Jocelynn Lausell (women’s soccer), Aaron Reardon (men’s golf), John Schell (baseball), Cullen Sherrill (baseball), Tanner Sherrill (baseball), Riley Simmons (men’s golf), Italie Speziale-Potter (softball), Chandler Talbot (softball), Dylan Theut (baseball), Morgan Winthrop (women’s soccer), and Hayleigh Young (women’s soccer) were named to the third team for maintaining a GPAs between 3.60 and 3.79.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
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