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3 teams, 11 Bulldogs earn NJCAA All-Academic honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. — Three Navarro College athletic teams and 11 individuals earned recognition Wednesday when the NJCAA announced its All-American Academic honors.

Navarro soccer, softball and baseball teams were included in the 2014-15 All-Academic Team listings by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA for the year.

National-tournament qualifiers from soccer and softball made the NJCAA list for the seventh consecutive year; baseball, for the second time and third in the last four years.

Soccer compiled a 3.03 GPA and was included among 40 distinctive teams nationally.  For six consecutive years, soccer’s team GPA was among the Top 13 according to NJCAA records.

Softball compiled a 3.25 team GPA and was honored among 108 NJCAA squads.

Baseball, with a 3.03 GPA, found itself among 63 other NJCAA squads.

Individually, Navarro student-athletes came away with 11 NJCAA All-Academic honors for Exemplary, Superior and Pinnacle Achievement. The 11 awards matches the most accumulated by Navarro students in an academic year since 2005-06.  It is more than the total of the last two academic years combined (2013-14 had 4; 2012-13 had 5).

Pinnacle Awards for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA) went to Holden Grounds (baseball) and Carson Earp (football).

Superior Academic Achievement Awards (3.80-3.99) went to Gabrielle Ashley and Amanda Olson (soccer); Alyssa Dotson (softball); and JaQuan Richmond (football).

Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (3.60-3.79) went to Chelsey Blacklock and Melina Prado (soccer); Danielle Jetton (softball); Garrett Venner (baseball) and Lexey Wilson (volleyball).

HONOR ROLL

Soccer All-Academic Team: 7 consecutive times since 2008-09
GPAs Annually: 3.18, 3.43, 3.31, 3.37, 3.26, 3.30, 3.03

Softball All-Academic Team:  7 consecutive times since 2008-09
GPAs Annually: 3.30, 3.45, 3.20, 3.37, 3.05, 3.20, 3.25

Baseball All-Academic Team:  2 consecutive times since 2013-14
GPAs Annually: 3.05, 3.03

All-American Academics Honor Roll

2014-15:   11
2013-14:    4
2012-13:    5
2011-12:     7
2010-11:    6
2009-10:   7
2008-09:  4
2007-08:  3
2006-07:  6
2005-06:  11