February 10, 2010

WNC Softball Players Score Well in Classroom

The Wildcats softball team has yet to play a 2010 season game on their home field, but they have already earned accolades on campus. The student athletes tallied a team grade point average of 3.22 in the fall term. They also completed 89 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 our athletics teams continued our unbroken streak of team grade point averages of 3.0 (B) or above," he said.

Head 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 the 15 softball players held a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and four had a 3.8.

"This is a true testament to the hard work and dedication the athletes have displayed in the classroom, and they have been working equally as hard on the field and in the gym," the coach said.

Wentworth singled out Kevin Burns, an advisor to her team, with being instrumental in the students' academic success.

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