January 12, 2006

Baseball Team Scores Hits in the Classroom

Western Nevada's Wildcats baseball team proved to be a studious group during the fall 2005 semester, posting a team grade point average of 3.3 (B+). In all, 21 of 24 players attained individual GPA's over a 3.0. Dan Grubbs, a right-hand pitcher from McQueen High School in Reno, scored a perfect 4.0 GPA while completing 16 credit hours.

Grubbs said his first term at Western was a good one. "I would personally like to thank all the outstanding teachers who helped make my first semester of college enjoyable, successful, and enriching, he said." Coach D.J. Whittemore said he believes that succeeding in the classroom is a good precursor for success on the diamond. "Most great coaches and athletes agree that striving for excellence is not something that you can compartmentalize in your life. Rather, it is something that you strive for in all areas of life. I'm proud of the effort this group of young men has put into their classwork."

Whittemore acknowledged that having success in the classroom is also due to the college's support staff that is in place to help the athletes. "This says a lot about Western Nevada Community College, the administration, the faculty, and their commitment to students and athletics."

He praised Director of Counseling John Kinkella, who also serves as the baseball team's academic advisor. "John did an outstanding job of assessing each individual player's strengths and weaknesses and then helped guide our players into classrooms where they would be successful but also challenged," Whittemore said. WNCC student athletes must carry a full-time college class schedule and be working toward a defined academic degree in order to participate on an intercollegiate team.

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