School-record seven Surry athletes named All-Academic

Dylon Wooten

One of the most successful all-around years in athletics at Surry Community College has been capped by an even more impressive honor - a school-record seven athletes named to the NJCAA All-Academic Team.

Baseball player Dylan Gansrow (Wando) and golfer Dylon Wooten (Alleghany) have both been chosen for the All-Academic Second Team, while baseball players Zachary Biesemeyer (Glenn) and Ethan Danley (Surry Central) and volleyball players Bryce Smith (East Surry), Callie Trivette (Starmount) and Lexia Wingler (Forbush) were selected to the All-Academic Third team.

Of the 34 Region X (Virginia/North Carolina/South Carolina) colleges, Surry ranked seventh overall with seven NJCAA All-Academic recipients.

“We are extremely proud of our student-athletes on earning such an esteemed honor from the National Junior College Athletic Association for their academic achievement,” Surry Athletic Director Mark Tucker said. “They have all worked exceptionally hard in the pursuit of academic excellence. Seven recipients is the most in our college history, and certainly speaks highly of our entire institution.”

The most successful year ever for SCC's student-athletes in the classroom also spilled over onto the diamond, volleyball court and links for the Knights in 2018-2019. Surry's baseball team won its third consecutive Region X regular-season championship and finished as Region X Tournament runner-up. Earlier this summer, All-Academic honoree Ethan Danley became Surry's first-ever Gold Glove winner, while teammate John Marion was named Region X Player of the Year and an NJCAA All-American.

SCC volleyball coach Jan Marion-Kiser was named Region X Coach of the Year after guiding the Knights to a whopping 20-5 mark and a second-place finish in Region X. Lauren Charleville, Bryce Smith, Raygan Casstevens and Adison Needham all went on to earn All-Region X honors.

Surry's golf team captured the Region X championship this spring and sent three to the NJCAA Men’s Golf National Championship Tournament in Plymouth, Indiana. One of the three national qualifiers, Dylon Wooten, was one of the seven Surry athletes on the NJCAA All-Academic Team. The SCC softball program also finished third in Region X this spring.

Student-athletes are eligible to earn academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher. The criteria for the three All-Academic teams are listed below:

NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA

“Year in and year out, NJCAA student-athletes continue to set a new standard both on the field and in the classroom,” said NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. “The 2018-19 academic year was no different as student-athletes raised the bar once again to reiterate the importance of academics throughout the NJCAA. As an association, we take tremendous pride in knowing that our student-athletes put their best foot forward each day to become well-rounded members of their team, their campus, and their communities.”

The NJCAA has been annually recognizing the academic success of its student-athletes since 1983.


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