CARTERVILLE – Five of John A. Logan College’s seven sports teams and six individual athletes have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association for academic achievement this past school year.
Two individual athletes (freshman golfer Dana Kaufmann of Carterville and sophomore baseball player Derek Repking of Teutopolis) were the highest-ranking academians among JALC athletes. Kaufmann posted a 3.94 GPA and Repking a 3.93 GPA to earn “Superior” academic achievement honors from the NJCAA.The team with the top grade-point-average at JALC was the women’s golf team with a combined score of 3.42 to rank No. 5 in the nation. Volleyball was second at 3.37 and ranked No. 16 nationwide. Men’s golf followed with a 3.35 GPA and ranked No. 5. Softball was next at 3.26 and was ranked 39th and women’s basketball closed out at 3.13, good for 34th place nationwide.“We challenge our student-athletes to make the most of their experience here at JALC – not only on the field or court, but also in the classroom,” said Vols Athletic Director Jerry Halstead. “It is a tribute to the hard work of our coaching staff in recruiting solid athletes who also do their part in putting the student in student-athlete.”
Nationwide, over 500 JUCO athletic programs earned a team GPA of 3.0 or better. Over 1,600 student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors.