The Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) has named 15 Ancilla College student-athletes to its annual MCCAA Academic All-Conference list – including four who have earned Academic All-American honors – the College announced on Thursday.
The list, which honors student athletes with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least 36 completed credits, includes: Phillip Gretter (Men’s Basketball); Tim Huesca (Men’s Soccer); Tristan Hunter (Women’s Volleyball); Chad Roahrig (Men’s Golf); Sophia Baldwin (Women’s Basketball); Amber Edmundson (Women’s Softball); Lauren Shepherd (Women’s Basketball); Amanda Thomason (Women’s Softball); Brittany Adkins (Women’s Basketball); Alisha Davenport (Women’s Softball); Philippa Kindig (Women’s Softball); Brian Blaydes (Baseball); Lindsay Duke (Women’s Softball); Kelli Price (Women’s Softball); and Steven Pravecek (Men’s Golf).
Gretter, a Plymouth resident, highlighted the list by also earning Distinguished Academic All-American honors, in addition to Academic All-American, Academic All-MCCAA, and Academic All-Conference honors. Students must have completed 45 credit hours and carry at least a 3.8 cumulative GPA to be eligible for this honor.
Four athletes earned Academic All-American honors, including: Phillip Gretter; Tim Huesca; Tristan Hunter; and Chad Roahrig. Students must have completed 45 credit hours and carry at least a 3.6 cumulative GPA to be eligible for this honor.
Nine of the 15 athletes earned Academic All-MCCAA honors, including: Phillip Gretter; Tim Huesca; Tristan Hunter; Chad Roahrig; Sophia Baldwin; Amber Edmundson; Lauren Shepherd; Amanda Thomason; and Brittany Adkins. Students must have completed 36 credit hours and carry at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA to be eligible for this honor.
Two student athletes – Gretter and Huesca – posted the highest honors of anyone in their respective sports throughout the MCCAA. Gretter was the only men’s basketball player to earn Distinguished Academic All-American honors while Huesca was the only men’s soccer player named to the Academic All-American list.
The list shows marked improvement by the Ancilla College Athletic Department in terms of academic performance over the last year. The list of 15 student-athletes earning Academic All-Conference honors more than doubles the amount (7) that made the list in 2009.
There was also an increase in the number of students who earned Academic All-MCCAA – six (2009) to nine (2010) – and Academic All-American – two (2009) to four (2010).
The athletic department also graduated its largest class in department history, with over 30 student-athletes receiving their degrees at commencement.
One of the biggest factors for this improvement, according to Gene Reese, Athletic Director at Ancilla College, was the work of Lana Singleton, the department’s Athletic Academic Coordinator.
“Mrs. Lana Singleton, our Athletic Academic Coordinator, has been instrumental to our athletic department’s success in academics,” said Reese. “As a former teacher, Lana has a passion for students and their success. She understands the importance academics play in a person’s life after college.”
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.