NJCAA All-Academic Honors Announced

July 15, 2022

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has recognized a record 37 Central Community College student-athletes for academic achievement during 2021-22. The 37 CCC honorees surpasses last year’s record of 27.

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 nine student-athletes earning NJCAA academic honors followed by softball with eight. Golf and women’s soccer each had six honorees while women’s basketball sported five. Men’s soccer had two and men’s basketball had one.

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 3.6 GPA while golf sported a 3.51 GPA. Women’s soccer posted a 3.36 GPA and softball posted a 3.43 GPA.

“It is quite an honor to have a record number 37 Raider student-athletes earn NJCAA All-Academic honors,” said Mary Young, CCC athletic director. “Winning on the court or the field is very important, but even more important is winning in the classroom and our student-athletes are very dedicated to their studies. I give a lot of credit to our coaching staff for making sure that they stress the importance of academics as they prepare these young people for success after CCC.”

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


  • DUNNING: Brett Downing, 3rd team;
  • HOWELLS: Wyatt Hegemann, 3rd team;
  • NORTH PLATTE: Blake Barner, 1st team;
  • ST. PAUL: Dalton Jerabek, 3rd team;
  • SPRINGFIELD: Christian Jewell, 2ND team;
  • TRENTON: Darian Hutto, 1st team.

Men’s Basketball

  • FAIRFIELD: Gavin Lipovsky, 3rd team.

Men’s Soccer

  • LEXINGTON: David Jimenez, 3rd team;
  • LINCOLN: Chris Izaguirre, 3rd team.


  • ALLIANCE: Payten Gibson, 2nd team;
  • DAVID CITY: Alli Hartman, 1st team;
  • HASTINGS: Elle Douglas, 2nd team;
  • McCOOK: Jadalyn Berry, 3rd team;
  • BEND, ORE.: Emma Lees, 1st team;
  • GRANTSVILLE, UTAH: Andrea Fernandez, 1st team;
  • MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA: Kailee Pollard, 3rd team;
  • OVERLAND PARK, KAN.: Caroline Riffer, 1st team.


  • AINSWORTH: Katrina Beel, 3rd team;
  • ALLIANCE: Khloe Felker, 2nd team;
  • COLUMBUS: Kamryn Chohon, 2nd team and Chloe Odbert, 1st team;
  • ELM CREEK: Ashley Brown, 3rd team;
  • OAKLAND: Josie Richards, 2nd team;
  • OMAHA: Emily Otten, 2nd team;
  • PILGER: Rachel Otten, 1st team;
  • ST. PAUL: Abby Elstermeier, 3rd team.

Women’s Basketball

  • ABIE: Madisen Jelinek, 1st team;
  • DAVID CITY: Macey Thege, 2nd team;
  • PLATTE CENTER: Brittney Veik, 1st team;
  • RIVERDALE: Morgan Boldt, 1st team;
  • BROOKLYN, POLAND: Julia Jurek, 3rd team.

Women’s Soccer

  • COLUMBUS: Alison Loseke, 3rd team;
  • KEARNEY: Sydney Weiler, 1st team;
  • LINCOLN: Natalie Crouse, 1st team;
  • LINWOOD: Laura Jovanovic, 2nd team;
  • YUTAN: Emily Fisher, 1st team;
  • RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Clara Dos Reis, 1st team.