NJCAA All-Academic Honors for CCC Athletics

July 18, 2019

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has recognized 22 Central Community College student-athletes and one team for academic achievement during 2018-19.

Student-athletes who earned a 4.0 GPA were named NJCAA All-Academic First team, while those who posted a GPA of 3.80-3.99 were named NJCAA All-Academic Second Team. The NJCAA All-Academic Third Team is comprised of student-athletes who finished with a GPA of 3.60-3.79.

The CCC volleyball team led the way with eight student-athletes earning NJCAA academic honors, followed by men’s soccer with five. Softball and women’s basketball each had four players receive honors, while golf and men’s basketball each had one.

As a team, volleyball sported a 3.55 grade point average, to place in the top 20. Overall, 106 volleyball teams nationwide earned NJCAA academic honors.

“It is incredibly gratifying to see our student-athletes earn accolades for their hard work in the classroom,” said CCC interim athletic director Mary Young, who served as head volleyball coach during 2018-19. “At some point, the competitive athletic skills our athletes possess will diminish, but formal education will sustain them for life. We believe this is our duty and obligation to build a tremendous academic foundation for our student-athletes that will prepare them for the challenges of life.”

The following is a list of each sport and each team members’ specific honor:


MEAD: Evan Halbmaier, 2nd team;

Men’s Soccer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Cooper Pratt, 3rd team.

Men’s Soccer

COLUMBUS: Luis Tovar, 2nd team;

SALVADOR, BRAZIL: Guilherme Balestra Demhougi, 2nd team, Peterson Costa, 2nd team, and Riolan Moradillo Mello, 2nd team;

CHESHAM, UNITED KINGDOM: Marcus Horwood, 3rd team.


ASHLAND: Morgan Pinkelman, 1st team;

LOUP CITY: Taylor Griffith, 2nd team;

ORD: Jenessa Grooms, 2nd team;

WAYNE: Ashten Gibson, 3rd team.


ARCADIA: Sheridan Holcomb, 1st team;

CHAMBERS: Jacie Laetsch, 2nd team;

COLUMBUS: Mallory Gotschall, 1st team, and Jordee Korte, 2nd team;

MARQUETTE: Katelynn Halstead, 3rd team;

PAPILLION: Abbe Mancuso, 2nd team;

ORD: Susie Vavra, 2nd team;

YUTAN: Maddie Davis, 1st team.

Women’s Basketball

HYANNIS: Sarah Monahan, 1st team;

KEARNEY: Gabrielle Baack, 3rd team;

YUTAN: Maddie Davis, 1st team;

SHAWNEE, OKLA.: Monica Brooks, 2nd team.