GOOD NEWS: Odessa College student athletes score high in academics

Odessa College’s student athletes achieved high marks in their academics as well as in their sports.

Odessa College athletic director Wayne Baker released information regarding the scholastic performance of the athletic department for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Baker said in a memo that the teams with better than a 3.0 grade point average included baseball, volleyball, softball, student trainers, and rodeo teams. The men’s and women’s basketball, golf, cross country, and dance teams had GPA’s of 2.65 or better.

At the national level, Odessa College athletics had 23 student athletes named as National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All Americans, including five first team members, four second team members and 14 third team members.

First Team (4.00 GPA)

  • Catharina Bambirra (FR) Volleyball
  • Cade Galvan (FR) Baseball
  • Brittany Kennett (SO) Softball
  • Dominique McQueen (SO) Volleyball
  • Florian Moosmeier (FR) Golf

Second Team (3.80-3.99 GPA)

  • John Bridgeman (FR) Baseball
  • Mariana Ferreira (FR) Volleyball
  • Stevan Jeremic (FR) Basketball
  • Amanda Soderqvist (FR) Basketball

Third Team (3.60-3.79 GPA)

  • Hunter Avila (FR) Baseball
  • Noah Bartlett (FR) Baseball
  • Joshua Bedggood (FR) Baseball
  • Bojana Bolozan (SO) Volleyball
  • Chris Finnie (SO) Golf
  • Mitch Holding (SO) Baseball
  • Natasha Holt (FR) Softball
  • Nico Kyprian (FR) Golf
  • Mason McLenna (FR) Baseball
  • Chance Medina (SO) Baseball
  • Robert Morales (FR) Baseball
  • Deylan Moreno (FR) Baseball
  • Amanda Oliveira (FR) Volleyball
  • Nevena Pejovic (SO) Volleyball

Baker noted that the NJCAA doesn’t offer or regulate rodeo, dance and student trainer programs, so these teams were not included.

“The Western Junior College Athletic Conference, which includes all NJCAA sports as well as rodeo, dance and student trainers, recently announced the student athletes who were named to the 2018 Spring Commissioners Honor Roll,” Baker added. “To be on this honor roll, the students had to obtain over a 3.25 GPA for the 2017-18 academic year. I am proud to say that Odessa College had 67 student athletes who qualified, and we also had three teams –baseball, softball, and volleyball – who had two-thirds or more of each of their teams qualify for the Commissioners Honor Roll.”

“These young student athletes are outstanding examples of the success of our programs in both the academic and athletic arenas,” Baker said.