NJCAA All-Academic Honors for CCC Athletics

July 16, 2020

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has recognized a record 36 Central Community College student-athletes for academic achievement during 2019-20.

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 softball team led the way with 10 student-athletes earning NJCAA academic honors, followed by volleyball with eight. Women’s basketball and women’s soccer each had six players receive honors, while men’s basketball and men’s soccer each had three. Golf had two players earn honors.

The Raiders had four teams that earned NJCAA Academic Team of the Year honors for posting a combined 3.0 GPA or better. Volleyball posted a 3.55 GPA, while women’s basketball sported a 3.5 GPA. Softball posted a 3.42 GPA and women’s soccer posted a 3.19 GPA.

“We are so proud of our student-athletes and the tremendous success they have had in the classroom in the 2019-20 school year,” said CCC athletic director Mary Young. “We definitely encountered some challenges in the spring with remote learning. However, our coaches, faculty and staff provided outstanding support to enable our student-athletes to overcome those challenges. I’m so proud of our student-athletes and the culture they have established of winning in the classroom.”

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


KEARNEY: Joel Poland, 1st team;

PAPILLION: Christian Jewell, 1st team.

Men’s Basketball

NORTH BEND: Chase Ruzicka, 2nd team;

NORTH PLATTE: Jack Mohr, 1st team;

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Cooper Pratt, 1st team.

Men’s Soccer

SCHUYLER: Roberto Pedro, 3rd team;

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD: Ethan Bonaparte, 2nd team;

SALVADOR, BRAZIL: Guilherme Balestra Demhougi, 3rd team.


ASHLAND: Morgan Pinkelman, 1st team;

BEAVER CROSSING: Lilly Cast, 2nd team;

COLUMBUS: Kaitlyn Kleinheksel, 3rd team, Larisa Rother, 3rd team, Kassidy Soulliere, 1st team, and Macee Trotta, 3rd team;

COZAD: Grace Cargill, 2nd team;

GREELEY: Ragan Wood, 1st team;

PENDER: Michaela Wegner, 1st team;

YUTAN: McKinley Josoff, 3rd team.


COLUMBUS: Mallory Gotschall, 1st team;

GREELEY: Devyn Erickson, 1st team;

HASTINGS: Kamri Adler, 3rd team;

MARQUETTE: Katelynn Halstead, 3rd team;

PAPILLION: Abbe Mancuso, 2nd team;

ORD: Susan Vavra, 1st team;

RALSTON: Lydia Permenter, 3rd team;

SPALDING: Madison Walkowiak, 2nd team.

Women’s Basketball

COLUMBUS: Bailey Keller, 2nd team;

HYANNIS: Sarah Monahan, 1st team;

KEARNEY: Gabrielle Baack, 3rd team;

LINDSAY: Allanah Beller, 2nd team;

MEAD: Jayden Haag, 3rd team;

SILSBEE, TEX.: Sydni Whitted, 3rd team.

Women’s Soccer

COLUMBUS: Courtney Aldrich, 2nd team, Bailey Keller, 2nd team, and Macee Trotta, 3rd team;

KEARNEY: Kaylee Grieser, 2nd team;

SCHUYLER: Reagan Folda, 1st team;

ALMERE, NETHERLANDS: Sanne Van Gorp, 3rd team.