Falcons Claim Sixth Straight Conference Academic Award

August 24, 2015 | Campus News

Success in athletics starts with hard work in the classroom at the intercollegiate level. The East Central College Athletic Department has proven this to be a fact again this year as all three teams collected academic awards and winning records.

The overall athletic department grade point average was 3.05 and the school set another record winning the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference Harold Oetting Academic All Sports Award for the sixth year in a row.  Since the 2009-10 academic year, the ECC Athletic Department has held the highest overall GPA among conference schools. Individual teams and athletes have received numerous accolades. The softball team and volleyball team were honored by the NJCAA as All-Academic teams with 3.33 and 3.02 team grade point averages respectively.

Five student athletes were also recipients of NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards for their exceptional classroom performances.   Dayla Gruenloh (women’s softball) received honors for Superior Academic Achievement.   Karissa Hoffman and Kierstin Monzyk (women’s softball) were recognized for Exemplary Academic Achievement as were Paige Schmelzle and Alyssa Schrader (women’s volleyball).

Monzyk, a sophomore centerfielder and leadoff hitter for the Falcons, maintained a grade point average of 3.75 and was named ECC’s Scholar Athlete for 2014-15.

Sport-specific records include the ECC softball team with 31-25 mark and their fourth straight Region 16 championship.  The ECC soccer Falcons finished their season 11-7-2, winning the school’s fifth conference championship and advancing to the Region 16 final where the team fell short in a penalty kick shootout. The ECC Falcons volleyball team ended the season with a record of 22-21, and was runner-up in the Region 16 tournament.

“The consistency of team performance is truly dependent upon the work ethic of the coaches and players on the field and court along with their dedication to their studies,” noted Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, ECC athletic director. “Each year the ECC Athletic Department stresses the importance of guided and independent study in the Learning Center as well as class attendance, which in turn equates to the overall development of our student athletes.”

National Junior College Athletic Association Honored Student Athletes – Division II

Dayla Gruenloh              Women’s Softball             Superior Academic Achievement

Karissa Hoffman           Women’s Softball             Exemplary Academic Achievement

Kierstin Monzyk             Women’s Softball             Exemplary Academic Achievement

Paige Schmelzle              Women’s Volleyball        Exemplary Academic Achievement

Alyssa Schrader            Women’s Volleyball        Exemplary Academic Achievement


Missouri Community College Athletic Conference – Academic All-Conference (3.0 GPA or higher)

Shelby Friend                    Softball

Dayla Gruenloh                Softball

Karissa Hoffman             Softball

Rachel Micke                    Softball

Kierstin Monzyk              Softball

Claire Smith                      Softball

Sarah Westhoff                Softball

Lauren Borgerding          Volleyball

Taylor Davis                     Volleyball

Samantha Deason          Volleyball

Paige Mueller                   Volleyball

Alexis Olney                     Volleyball

Paige Schmelzle              Volleyball

Alyssa Schrader            Volleyball

Olivia Strode                    Volleyball

Aaron Bannister             Soccer

Dylan Cassidy                 Soccer

Jacob Erwin                    Soccer

Matt Hampton                Soccer

Edmund Howe                Soccer

Joshua Popoy                  Soccer

Gavyn Prsha                    Soccer

Nathan Saleniuc            Soccer

Ryan Somogye                Soccer

Zeke Little                        Soccer


Region 16 Academic All-Region (3.25 GPA or higher)

Shelby Friend                  Softball

Dayla Gruenloh              Softball

Karissa Hoffman           Softball

Rachel Micke                  Softball

Kierstin Monzyk            Softball

Claire Smith                    Softball

Lauren Borgerding        Volleyball

Taylor Davis                    Volleyball

Samantha Deason         Volleyball

Alexis Olney                    Volleyball

Paige Schmelzle             Volleyball

Alyssa Schrader           Volleyball

Dylan Cassidy                Soccer

Edmund Howe               Soccer

Zeke Little                       Soccer

Gavyn Prsha                   Soccer

Nathan Saleniuc           Soccer

Ryan Somogye               Soccer