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Another banner year in the classroom for East Central College student athletes has resulted in honors for the Athletic Department, several players and two teams. 


The Athletic Department won the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference - Harold Oetting Award.  This is the second consecutive year that ECC has won the award which is presented to the college with the highest overall grade point average in the conference.  East Central College led the conference with a 2.94 overall GPA to retain possession of the traveling trophy. 


Both the women’s softball and volleyball teams were named National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic teams with 3.27 and 3.25 team grade point averages respectively.


Topping the list of achievements were five Falcons receiving National Academic Student-Athlete awards.  Softball player Brooke Brenton received the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a perfect 4.0 GPA.   


Superior Academic Achievement honors, which are given to students who achieved a GPA of 3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.0 scale, went to volleyball player Lacey Lackman and Edwin Meza from the men’s soccer team.  Exemplary Academic Achievement  honors, for students who achieved a GPA of 3.60 to 3.79, were given to Mary Engemann  of the women’s volleyball  team and Kasilda Miller of the women’s softball team.


The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. 


“Having five athletes receiving national academic recognition in a single year is the most in the history of East Central College athletics,” noted Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, ECC director of athletics.  “A strong tribute goes to the recruiting of quality student athletes by the coaches.  The continued success of a junior college athletic department depends on building consistency in individual sport programs with strong leadership on the court or field and especially in the classroom.”  


Twenty-two student athletes were named Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference for 2010-2011 with a grade point average of 3.0 or better:


Lauren Baumstark-Volleyball

Cody Beck-Soccer

Tiffany Borgerding-Volleyball

Brooke Brenton-Softball       

Rhiannon Edler-Softball       

Mary Engemann-Volleyball

Renan Fernandes-Soccer        

Itamar Filho-Soccer

Dillon Huber-Soccer        

Ryan Johanning-Soccer

Kasey Kirchhofer-Volleyball & Softball

Lacey Lackman-Volleyball

Edwin Meza-Soccer

Kasilda Miller-Softball                

Brian Monge-Soccer        

Jamie Pickel-Soccer

Rogers Pineda-Soccer

Meghan Rumley-Softball       

Quinton Sallin-Soccer

Kelli Sans Souci-Volleyball   

Samantha Walch-Volleyball

Jamie Wheeler-Softball       


This is the second year that Renan Fernandes, Ryan Johanning, Kasey Kirchhofer, Kasilda Miller, Meghan Rumley, Kelli Sans Souci and Samantha Walch have been named Academic All-Conference.


A dozen students also earned Academic All-Region honors by achieving a grade point average of 3.25 or better.  Those students were:  Cody Beck, Tiffany Borgerding, Brook Brenton, Mary Engemann, Kasey Kirchhofer, Lacey Lackman, Edwin Meza, Kasilda Miller, Brian Monge, Jamie Pickel, Kelli Sans Souci and Jamie Wheeler.   

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