ACCC athletes receive academic honors

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Allen County Community College’s 2008 women’s cross country team earned NJCAA All-Academic honors last fall. The women finished third in the nation academically with a 3.49 grade point average. The same team was the 2008-2009 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference All-Academic Team of the Year for its division. Members were (left to right), Angie Larrier, Brecken Larson, Maresa Cuevas, Danielle Mingle and Kelsey Wilson.
The 2008-2009 Allen County Community College golf team finished 13th in the NJCAA’s Spring All-Academic rankings for men’s golf teams Members were (left to right) front row, Bryant Welch, Nick Agnew, Gavin Cole, Alex Brewer, Will Clark, Chad Purdy; back row, Jake Tynon, Chris Grause, Tim Stinnett, Andrew Rogers, Justin Lacy, Josh Massey.
The 2008 Allen County Community College Red Devil volleyball team ranked 11th in the NJCAA Fall All-Academic rankings. Members were (left to right), front row, Brooke Bingham, Misty Powelson, Mindi Lozenski, Amanda Placencia, Kimberly Darbro; middle row, manager Chase Cook, Amy Bolen, Suzie Fields, Autumn Lamle, Jennifer House; back row, head coach Jessica Peters, Kala Belson, Ashley Weigand, assistant coach Christine Wenthe, assistant coach Todd Francis.

Giving credit where credit is due.
Student-athletes at Allen County Community College made their mark in athletic competitions and in the classroom during the 2008-2009 year. The ACCC athletes showed they were students first in receiving national and conference academic awards.
ACCC’s athletic department had nine NJCAA Academic All-Americans during the 2008-2009 year. The NJCAA released its All-America honors list recently.
The ACCC athletic de-partment had three All-Academic teams from last year’s sports. The NJCAA has fall and spring all-academic honors for teams.
Allen County’s women’s cross country team finished third in the nation with a combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.49. The Red Devil volleyball team was 11th in the nation with a 3.51 GPA.
For the spring semester, the ACCC men’s golf team ranked 13th in the nation with a GPA of 3.21.
The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) awards academic team honors also. And there are KJCCC individual academic honors for each semester.
The ACCC women’s cross country team was named KJCCC team of the year in its division with a 3.43 GPA. Allen County’s men’s indoor track team and men’s outdoor track team each finished fourth in their divisions at 2.76 and 2.91, respectively.
Allen County’s men’s golf team finished fifth in its division of the conference at 3.16. The ACCC volleyball team was sixth in the conference rankings with a GPA of 3.40.
With a GPA of 3.8 or better on a 4.00 scale for 45 semester hours, Allen County had seven NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-Americans last year. They were sophomores Judith Anderson, soccer, Matthew Nelson, basketball and Zachariah Dodson, baseball, all with 4.00 GPAs, and sophomores Kala Belson, 3.96, and Ashley Weigand, 3.94, in volleyball, Candida Salas-Garcia, 3.87, and Adam Baker, 3.84, in soccer.
Sophomores Kyle Linnebur, 3.70, baseball, and Danielle Mingle, 3.65, cross country, were named NJCAA Academic All-Americans.
The KJCCC honors student-athletes with a 3.50 or better GPA in each of the semesters. Here are the fall and spring honorees for ACCC:
Fall semester: volleyball-Kala Belson, Amy Bolen, Kimberly Darbro, Suzie Fields, Mindi Lozenski, Misty Powelson, Ashley Weigand; women’s cross country-Maresa Cuevas, Brecken Larson, Danielle Mingle, Caitlin Goff; men’s cross country-Stephen Dodson, Jean Frenot; women’s soccer-Judith Anderson, Stephanie King, Diana Munoz, Sarah Roether, Candida Salas, Barbra Weir; men’s soccer-Adam Baker, Zachary Doolan, Daniel Okpara.
Spring semester: women’s basketball-Natasha Blackmore, Jill Hartman, Jennifer House, Sumayyah Muhammad; men’s basketball-Greg Hayes, Matthew Nelson; softball-Amy Carr, Amy McAfee, Jenna Wendt, Terra Woods; baseball-Zachariah Dodson, Ryan Herrig, Kyle Linnebur, Connor McCrite, Spencer Putman; men’s indoor track-Stephen Dodson, DeAndre Simmons; women’s indoor track-Maresa Cuevas; wo-men’s outdoor track-Maresa Cuevas, Sumayyah Muhammad; men’s outdoor track-Stephen Dodson, DeAndre Simmons; men’s golf-Chad Bruner, William Clark, Andrew Rogers, Bryant Welch.