30 Jun 2013

MDCC Athletes Earn National Academic Honors

Two Mississippi Delta Community College athletic teams have received national recognition for academic excellence from the National Junior College Athletic Association which is the governing board for most two year schools in the nation.

The Trojans baseball team finished the academic year with a cumulative 3.29 grade point average (out of a possible 4.00). This ranked them fifth in the nation among the 56 community and junior college baseball teams with a 3.00 or better grade point average.

The number one team in the nation was Daytona State College with a GPA of 3.66. Ft. Scott Community College was second with a 3.37 GPA while East Central Community College of Decatur (which knocked the Trojans out of the State Playoffs) was third with a 3.35 GPA, and Indian Hills Community College of Iowa was fourth with a 3.33 GPA.

The MDCC Lady Trojans softball team was also recognized for its 3.34 GPA. This was good enough for a 13th place ranking nationally out of more than 100 softball teams who finished with a cumulative 3.00 or higher.

"We are very proud of these two programs and we're excited about the fact that winning national recognition for academic excellence in athletics is becoming a tradition here at MDCC. It's always a highlight of our year when these awards come around," said Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

"It also reflects well on our athletes and coaches that these student athletes can put in the amount of time that they do on the practice field and the playing field and still maintain such high GPA's. It's quite an accomplishment," he added.

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