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Jamestown CC Men Named Academic Team Of The Year

Jamestown Community College’s men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams were among several receiving postseason academic honors. Submitted photo

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Academic honors keep rolling in as the NJCAA announced the 2020-21 Academic Teams of the Years.

Out of 820 teams that earned a 3.0 GPA or better, the Jamestown Community College men’s swimming & diving team took the honors in its sport with a GPA of 3.18.

“Super proud of these men,” said head coach Todd Conklin. “Not only did they compete in the pool but they got it done in the classroom. This was one of our goals at the beginning of the season for both teams was to be an All-Academic Team. This is a great honor and something they should be proud of”

Joining Jamestown CC in representing Region 3 across all athletics include Erie Community College, Genesee Community College, Herkimer College and Mohawk Valley Community College.

This year’s swim team consisted of Matthew Fennell (Fourways Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa/King Edwards VII School), Elliot Johnson (Panama/Panama Central), Eathan Johnson (Panama/Panama Central), Maksat Mametjumayev (Sayat, Lebap, Turkmenistan/Ashgabat #19), Colby Pantall (Jamestown/Maple Grove HS), and Jackson Vanstrom (Jamestown/Southwestern Central).

Vanstrom and Mametjumayev add this honor to a decorated academic year as they were named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List, NJCAA Region 3 Academic All-Region, and WNYAC 2020-21 Academic All-Conference team. Elliot Johnson also was represented on the Spring 2021 Dean’s List and WNYAC 2020-21 Academic All-Conference.

“Again, to do what we did last year during the pandemic was such a great accomplishment,” added Conklin. “As a coaching staff, we preach that grades are the most important and number one reason you are at JCC. Our institution should be proud that these young student-athletes were willing to go the extra mile and compete both in and out of the classroom.”

REGION 3 HONOREES

The National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3 has recognized 15 Jamestown Community College student-athletics as Academic All-Region selections for the 2020-21 academic school year.

In order to be recognized, all honorees had to have at least a 3.5 GPA and a minimum of 24 credit hours during the 2020-21 academic school year.

Softball led all women’s teams with three honorees followed by women’s basketball with two. Cross country and swimming & diving rounds out the list of women’s student-athletes with one honoree each.

Baseball led all men’s teams with three honorees while cross country, soccer, basketball, wrestling, swimming & diving and golf all had one honoree each.

The list of honorees includes:

Jackson Vanstrom, men’s cross country; Emma Redlecki, women’s cross country; David Talkington, men’s soccer; Jackson Vanstrom and Maksat Mametjumayev, men’s swimming & diving; Megan Stang, women’s swimming & diving; Jacob Hougan, men’s basketball; Kate Tedquist and Macey Lundmark, women’s basketball; Trenton Donahue, wrestling; Etahn Abegg, Yordangel Gonzalez and Talkington, baseball; Abigail Minnekine, Mackenzie Watson and Brynn Pagett, softball; and Anthony Gullo, men’s golf.

WNYAC ACADEMIC HONOREES

The academic awards keep rolling in for the Jamestown Community College student-athletes with 20 representatives receiving WNYAC Academic All-Conference honors.

To be eligible for this honor, all honorees must have earned at least a 3.30 GPA and with a minimum of 24 credit hours taken during the 2020-21 academic school year and participated in one season of sport.

For the men, swimming & diving and baseball led the way with three honorees each. Wrestling was close behind with two representatives. Cross country, basketball and golf all had one honoree apiece.

For the women, basketball led the way with four honorees. Softball had three, and cross country and swimming & diving rounded out the Jayhawk representatives with one honoree apiece.

Jackson Vanstrom, men’s cross country; Emma Redlecki, women’s cross country; Jacob Hougan, men’s basketball; Jessica Beehler, Marisa Schuppenhauer and Kate Tedquist and Macey Lundmark, women’s basketball; Vanstrom, Elliot Johnson and Maksat Mametjumayev, men’s swimming & diving; Megan Stang, women’s swimming & diving; Andrew Bungar and Trent Donahue, wrestling; Ethan Abegg, Yordangel Gonzalez and David Talkington; and Renee Szymanski, Abigail Minnekine and MackenzieWatson, softball; and Anthony Gullo, men’s golf.

HICKS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jamestown Community College women’s basketball forward Hannah Hicks (Cleveland/Cleveland Heights) is one of 40 NJCAA women’s basketball players selected to take part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star weekend at Clayton State University this week.

Selected from across all three divisions of the NJCAA, the 40 sophomores-to-be, will be divided into four teams with one day of practice and two days of games.

During her freshman season, Hicks was a monster in the low post, averaging 17.5 rebounds per game, which was second in the country in Division II. Four times she exceeded the 20-rebound mark, including a 25-rebound performance against Bryant & Stratton Albany.

Hicks was an offensive force as well, averaging 14 points per contest. Highlighting her season was recording a double-double in eight games, including a season-high 33 points at Niagara County CC.

Hicks also averaged 3.6 blocks per game which was third in the country. Hicks had a game-high eight blocks against Niagara County CC in the regular-season finale.

Hicks was recognized for her performances throughout the season, including being named to the NJCAA Region 3 All-Region Team and earning NJCAA Region 3 Player of the Week honors twice.

Hicks will be joined by Gabrielle McDuffie of Niagara County CC as representatives of Region 3.

Practice will be held Thursday with games scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

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