ECC Athletes Earn Academic Honors - Three Named NJCAA Academic All-Americans

Pictured left: East Central College soccer player Andrew Hamerlinck (center) was named the school’s Scholar Athlete for 2013-14.  Shown left to right are  Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, athletic director; Hamerlinck  and Kean Barclay, head men’s soccer coach. (Photo courtesy ECC)

UNION, Mo. - For the fifth consecutive year, the East Central College Athletic Department has won the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Academic Award.

Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, athletic director at ECC, said student athletes had an overall grade point average of 2.97.  That mark allows the Falcons to retain the Harold Oetting Award which is presented each year to the MCCAC school with the highest overall GPA attained by student athletes.

“This streak is a testament to the importance the entire college and athletic department places on student athlete academic achievement,” Mehrhoff stated.  “More than half of the student athletes were named Academic All-Conference and more than 60 percent of those same athletes were named to the Academic All-Region team achieving GPAs of 3.25 or higher.”

He noted that both the women’s softball and volleyball teams were honored by the NJCAA as All-Academic teams with team GPAs over 3.00.   Three student athletes were also named to the NJCAA’s list of Academic All-Americans for their exceptional classroom performances:  Andrew Hamerlinck (men’s soccer), Hannah Leslie (women’s volleyball) and Kaytlyn Wells (women’s softball).

Hamerlinck, a sophomore goalkeeper for the Falcons, maintained a grade point average of 3.92 and was named ECC’s Scholar Athlete for 2013-14.

On top of their academic success, the Falcons had one of the best years in college history on the court, pitch and field.  Both the volleyball and softball teams were Region 16 champions and advanced to their respective NJCAA national tournaments.

National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American:

Andrew Hamerlinck              Soccer
Hannah Leslie                        Volleyball
Kaytlyn Wells                         Softball

Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference (3.0 GPA or higher):

Lauren Borgerding              Volleyball
Jacy Conway                          Volleyball
Hannah Leslie                        Volleyball     
Paige Mueller                         Volleyball
Paige Schmelzle                     Volleyball
Alyssa Schrader                    Volleyball
Abigail Spuhl                          Volleyball
Haley Zenner                         Volleyball
Alex Adelsberger                  Softball
Chelsea Bax                           Softball
Michelle Bryant                     Softball
Kaitlin Evans                          Softball
Ashley Hill                              Softball
Rachel Micke                          Softball
Brittany Miller                       Softball
Kierstin Monzyk                    Softball
Elaine Schoenberger            Softball
Claire Smith                           Softball
Kaytlyn Wells                         Softball
Sarah Westhoff                     Softball
Haley Zenner                         Softball
Aaron Bannister                    Soccer
Dylan Cassidy                        Soccer
Andrew Hamerlinck              Soccer
Brett Stiles                             Soccer
Nick Wallace                          Soccer

Midwest Community College Academic Conference Academic All-Region (3.25 GPA or higher):

Lauren Borgerding              Volleyball
Hannah Leslie                        Volleyball     
Paige Mueller                         Volleyball
Paige Schmelzle                     Volleyball
Alyssa Schrader                    Volleyball
Alex Adelsberger                  Softball
Chelsea Bax                           Softball
Michelle Bryant                     Softball
Kaitlin Evans                          Softball
Kierstin Monzyk                    Softball
Elaine Schoenberger            Softball
Claire Smith                           Softball
Kaytlyn Wells                         Softball
Dylan Cassidy                        Soccer
Andrew Hamerlinck              Soccer
Nick Wallace                          Soccer