HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College’s athletic programs had four teams achieve National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic Team status for the 2011-12 season, according to a list released by the NJCAA on Monday.
Wallace State’s volleyball team earned the college’s highest mark, finishing fourth in NJCAA volleyball with a cumulative 3.56 grade point average. Four players on the 2011 state championship team were named NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award recipients last week for their notable academic work — Callie Miller, 4.0 GPA; Kris Lawson, 3.91; Kaydi Langley, 3.79 and Lesley Bemis, 3.66.
“I am very proud of all of the team members and extremely happy for the four sophomores for receiving All-Academic recognition,” volleyball coach Randy Daniel said. “Lesley (Bemis) is my second player to receive All-American status as a player and student-athlete. She was such a great leader on the court for two years, and additionally, I'm very proud of her for representing Wallace State so well in the classroom.”
The softball team compiled the college’s next highest GPA, finishing with a 3.33.
Additionally, Wallace State golf accumulated a 3.29 GPA, while the women’s basketball team had a 3.18 GPA.
Wallace State’s golf is only two years removed from earning the nation’s top GPA and being named the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year in its sport. The softball team accomplished the feat three seasons ago.
A team had to achieve a 3.0 GPA to be designated as a NJCAA All-Academic Team.