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Academic honors go to PJC athletes

Published or Revised July 05, 2019

Paris Junior College athletes earned both individual and team academic honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. Student-athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams, having achieved a 3.60 GPA or higher. This year’s record eclipsed the previous mark of 6,329 set in the 2017-18 academic year.

Team-wide honors came to the PJC baseball team with a 3.53 GPA, and the softball team with a 3.18 GPA. Baseball was second only to Daytona State College nationally. For the third consecutive year a total of 738 programs achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher; of those, softball had the largest contingent with 131 teams.

PJC had 28 athletes recognized, part of the 6,656 participants contributing to a new NJCAA record. For the 2017-18 academic year, 6,329 participants earned a spot on one of three NJCAA All-Academic teams.

First Team (4.00 GPA): women’s soccer player Mildred Medina-Farias of Center; softball player JaCee Clason of Round Rock; baseball players Kyle Boudreaux of Sugar Land, Kyle Hogwood of Forney, Zach Norris of Paris, and Wilson Roubion of College Station; and men’s soccer players Eduardo Flores of Houston and Raymond Kennedy of Waxahachie.

Second Team (3.80-3.99 GPA): baseball players Shelby Becker of Giddings, Caleb Dubois of Bridge City, and Josh Mancuso of Anderson; and softball players Abbie Clevenger of Jacksonville, Katie Cullum of Lufkin, and Breanne Smallwood of Mt. Pleasant.

Third Team (3.60-3.79 GPA): women’s basketball player Lindsey Thorpe of Boyd, Texas; men’s soccer players Christian Hernandez of North Richland Hills and Jose Hidalgo of Atascocita; baseball players John Altman of College Station, Matthew Castaneda of Desoto, Cannon Davis of College Station, Ian Groves of Round Rock, and Tristan Kalina of Coppell; and softball players Brianna Gibbons of Carrollton, Rachael Gray of Ovilla, McKayla Marshall of Colmesneil, Alivia McCuan of Kingston, Okla., and Brisa Zapata of El Paso.

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