PCC student-athletes receive NJCAA Academic All-American honors in record numbers

(Tucson, AZ) Kim Doss

The school year may be over, but the student-athletes at Pima Community College continue to gain accolades. PCC announced the names of the 34 student-athletes who received National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American honors yesterday.

The 34 individual athletes marked the second year that PCC set a new high for the number of athletes honored by the NJCAA. In addition, the women’s basketball team received honorable mention as a group for their academic success. As a team, the sixteen women of Aztecs basketball earned a 3.20 GPA.

Four members of the women’s basketball team received individual Academic All-American honors to go along with their team recognition. They were joined by eight softball players, two women’s tennis players, two volleyball players, two members of the women’s track team, four women’s soccer players, three members of the women’s golf team, one men’s tennis player, one member of the men’s track team, six baseball players, and one football player.

All individual honorees earned at least a 3.6 GPA while completing 24 or more credits during the academic year. They attended PCC full-time during both semesters and competed in at least one season of their sport(s).

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 NJCAA First Team Academic All-American (4.0 GPA)

  • Sierra Gentry (Softball), sophomore (Alamogordo HS, Alamogordo, NM)
  • Hailey Goley (Women’s Basketball), freshman (Tanque Verde HS)
  • Ariana Gomez (Softball), freshman (Sahuaro HS)
  • Erin McDaniel (Women’s Soccer), freshman (Buena HS)
  • Chris McDaniels (Men’s Tennis), freshman (Tanque Verde HS)
  • Lien Nguyen (Women’s Tennis), sophomore (Nguyen Thuong Hien, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
  • Katey Roquemore (Women’s Basketball), sophomore (Foothill HS, Henderson, NV)
  • Elizabeth Satterfield (Women’s Golf), freshman (Ironwood Ridge HS)
  • Michael Wong (Baseball), freshman (Liberty HS, Henderson, NV)

NJCAA Second Team Academic All-American (3.80-3.99 GPA)

  • Ben Anderson (Indoor and Outdoor Men’s Track & Field), sophomore (Flagstaff HS)
  • Vanessa Duarte (Softball), sophomore (Pueblo HS)
  • Juan Durazo (Baseball), freshman (Salpointe Catholic HS)
  • Julianne Gonzalez (Women’s Golf), freshman (Ironwood Ridge HS)
  • Troy Gutbub (Baseball), sophomore (Catalina Foothills HS)
  • Enrique Porchas (Baseball), freshman (Kofa HS)
  • Caleb Ryden (Football), freshman (Marana HS)
  • Annabella Spencer (Indoor and Outdoor Women’s Track & Field), freshman (Sahuaro HS)
  • Elyse Weber (Volleyball), sophomore (Sabino HS)

NJCAA Third Team Academic All-American (3.60-3.79 GPA)

  • Reazsha Benjamin (Women’s Basketball), sophomore (Sahuaro HS)
  • Alliyah Bryant (Women’s Basketball), sophomore (Mesquite HS)
  • Maria Vanezza Caldera (Softball), freshman (Tucson HS)
  • Araceli Esquivel (Women’s Golf), sophomore (Salpointe Catholic HS)
  • Janine Fernando (Women’s Tennis), sophomore (Sabino HS)
  • Kaylen Fox (Women’s Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Women’s Track & Field), freshman (Sahuaro HS)
  • Janice Garcia (Softball), freshman (Rio Rico HS)
  • MaryAlys Julian (Softball), sophomore (Gila Ridge HS)
  • Destiny Kelly (Women’s Soccer), sophomore (Sahuaro HS)
  • Logan Klunder (Baseball), sophomore (Piedra Vista HS, Farmington, NM)
  • Marissa Moreno (Softball), sophomore (Desert Vista HS)
  • Christian Pearcy (Baseball), sophomore (Ironwood Ridge HS)
  • Jamie Ricksecker (Volleyball), sophomore (Pusch Ridge Christian Academy)
  • Paola Ruedaflores (Women’s Soccer), freshman (Nogales HS)
  • Alyssa Smith (Softball), sophomore (Winslow HS)
  • Jahmonique Smith (Women’s Soccer) – sophomore (Cienega HS)

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