Paris Junior College athletes earned both individual and team academic honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. Despite the difficulties this year from the COVID-19 pandemic, 9,555 student-athletes from around the nation achieved a 3.60 GPA or higher.
Team-wide honors came to the PJC baseball team with a 3.8 GPA, an improvement over last year’s GPA of 3.53. Again, PJC baseball was second only to Daytona State College nationally, which led all baseball teams with a 3.85 GPA.
This year a total of 43 individual PJC athletes from six teams were honored, up from 28 last year.
“It is a proud day for PJC,” said Dr. Pam Anglin, PJC President. “To have this many Academic All-Americans signifies the strength of our Athletic Department in developing the student-athlete and each of these athletes are to be commended for their dedication and hard work.”
PJC athletes named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.00 GPA) include:
Baseball: freshman Drake Boggan, Lewisville; sophomore Sam Creed, Arlington; sophomore Caleb Dubois, Bridge City; sophomore Kyle Hogwood, Forney; freshman Hayden Johnson, Conroe; sophomore Zach Norris, Paris; freshman Evan Schroeder, Brenham; sophomore Grayson Tatrow, Mansfield; and freshman Junior Torres, Irving.
Men’s Basketball: freshman Starlin Hamilton, Flint, Mich., and sophomore Romello Wilbert, The Woodlands.
Men’s Soccer: freshman Alessandro Felizzola, Houston, and sophomore Eduardo Flores, Houston.
Softball: sophomore Abbie Clevenger, Jacksonville; sophomore Rachael Gray, Ovilla; sophomore Allison Wilson, Center.
Women’s Basketball: freshman Skye Watts, Lovelady.
PJC athletes named to the NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.8-3.99 GPA) include:
Baseball: freshman Chase Alford, Sachse; sophomore Kyle Boudreaux, Houston; sophomore Matthew Castaneda, Desoto; freshman Camron Dollar, Minden, La.; freshman Reese Grimes, Georgetown; freshman Brady Johnson, Palestine; sophomore Josh Mancuso, Anderson; freshman Zach Poe, Madisonville; freshman Julio Riggs, Boerne; freshman Walker Sigman, Austin; freshman Dimitri Stamatopoulos, Toronto, Canada; and freshman James Starnes, Spring.
Men’s Soccer: sophomore Raymond Kennedy, Waxahachie.
Softball: freshman Gracie Jackson, Jacksonville.
Women’s Basketball: freshman Briasia Garza, Houston; freshman Nikki Green, Richardson; and freshman Alaeh Pressley, Stafford.
Women’s Soccer: sophomore Uva Alcantara, Mesquite, and sophomore Mildred Madina-Faris, Center.
PJC athletes named to the NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.6-3.79 GPA) include:
Baseball: freshman Heath Backhus, New Waverly; sophomore Shelby Becker, Giddings; freshman Mitchell Cashion, Missouri City; and sophomore Wilson Roubion, College Station.
Softball: freshman Haven Grider, Lewisville; and freshman Haley Shultz, Jasper.
Women’s Basketball: sophomore Tahlia Sloan Casey, Crosby.