All six teams were named 2021-22 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 teams and our student-athletes for their excellence in the classroom,” athletic director Scott Schumacher said. “Blinn College athletes continue to display outstanding effort and devotion not only on the field or on the court, but also in the classroom. 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 3.64 GPA, softball produced a 3.46 GPA, women’s golf posted a 3.25 GPA, men’s basketball earned a 3.24 GPA, women’s soccer posted a 3.12 GPA, and men’s golf finished with a 3.11 GPA.  

In addition, 52 Blinn athletes were named to the NJCAA All-Academic team for maintaining a GPA of 3.60 or higher. Among those 52 honorees were 17 first-team awardees, who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall and spring semesters. 

Ten Buccaneers were named to the second-team list, while 25 achieved third-team honors. Second-team honorees finished with a GPA between 3.80-3.99, and third-team qualifiers earned a 3.60-3.79 GPA. 

Making the first team were sophomore volleyball player Guilia Hortelan and freshmen Fiona Arnold, Kyndal Coufal, and Emily Smajstrla; freshman women’s soccer players Madison Kanelos, Lily Price, Stormey Stringer, and Morgan Zachos; freshman men’s golfers Tyler Dawson and Sam Sewell; freshman men’s basketball players Jan Njock and Alex Tsynkevich; softball players Natilee Reed and Chandler Talbot; freshman men’s soccer player Joseph Boyce; freshman women’s golfer Madeline Goad; and freshman baseball player Ryan Young. 

Named to the second team were freshman volleyball players Alyssa Pauler, Savannah Sebek, and Lixai Perez; freshman women’s basketball players Amillion Fowler and Allana Thompson; freshman baseball players Aiden Huerta and Blaise Wilcenski; freshman softball players Acie Prince and Madeline Stephenson; and freshman men’s soccer player Joshua Farrell. 

Earning their place on the third team were sophomore men’s golfer Hunter McDonough, as well as freshmen Cole Killian, Tyler Thomas, Jack Looney, Cole McClellan, and Carson Wray; sophomore softball player Kayla Wallace, as well as freshmen Keely Castillo, Kailey Eldridge, Kaitlyn Sadler, and Michyla Saenz; freshman baseball players Evan Aschenbeck, Callum Burton, and Garrison Weiss; freshman volleyball players Lina Ellila, Brylie Nedd, and Ashley Taylor; sophomore women’s soccer player Grace Parada and freshman Jordan Bell; freshman women’s golfers Yulisa Espinoza and Katelyn Foster; sophomore men’s soccer player Stefan Fevrier-Sildor and freshman Brooke Williams; freshman football player Ben Osueke; and freshman men’s basketball player Connor Redrow. 

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com