Western Nevada College's baseball and softball teams have yet to play a 2010 season game on their home fields, but they have already earned accolades on campus. Both groups of student athletes tallied team grade point averages of 3.0 (B) or better in their fall semester studies.
The WNC women's softball team, which just opened its second season, tallied a 3.22 cumulative grade point average in the fall term. The student athletes also completed 89 percent of their courses. Wildcats baseball players tallied a 3.12 fall team GPA and completed 96 percent of their courses.
WNC Dean of Student Services/Athletics Director John Kinkella said that the college's top priority for student athletes is high academic achievement. "We are delighted that both teams continued our unbroken streak of team grade point averages of 3.0 or above," he said.
Softball coach Leah Wentworth said, "We set the bar high in the beginning with a goal of being an Academic All-American team next spring, and our young ladies have really stepped up to the plate." Seven of 15 softball players held a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and four had a 3.8.
Baseball coach DJ Whittemore said his team made sacrifices and were dedicated to their studies last fall and "the rewards speak for themselves." Six players earned over a 3.75 GPA and two players earned a perfect 4.0.
Both coaches singled out the academic advisors to both teams, George McNulty and Kevin Burns, with being instrumental in the students' academic success.
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