3 Pearl River teams, 32 Wildcats honored by NJCAA

3 Pearl River teams, 32 Wildcats honored by NJCAA

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Three teams and 32 Wildcats were recently honored by the NJCAA for their success hitting the books.

The NJCAA recently announced Pearl River's women's basketball (3.07), women's soccer (3.19) and softball (3.44) programs all earned honorable mention status for achieving at least a 3.0 GPA as a team. Additionally, 32 Wildcats were named to one of the NJCAA's three academic teams. 

According to the NJCAA's criteria, First Team selections earned a 4.00 GPA; Second Team selections earned a 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Third Team selections earned a 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Below is a list of all PRCC's honorees:


Baseball: Magruder O'Bannon (Gulfport; St. Stanislaus)

Football: Justin Mary (Oak Grove)

Women's soccer: Malasia Windham (Hattiesburg; North Forrest) and Zigi Ahortor (Accra, Ghana)

Softball: Autumn Clark (Runnelstown; Perry Central)


Women's basketball: Dywana Parker (Gulfport) and Kennedy Hudson (Purvis), 

Football: Ron Baker (Prentiss; Jefferson Davis)

Men's soccer: Cooper Grafe (Kiln; Hancock), Dylan Picchi (Long Beach), Kealan Baggett (Ocean Springs) and Kyle Van Marcke (Picayune; Pearl River Central)

Women's soccer: Raine Frazier (Olive Branch) and Peyton Rounsville (Leakesville; Greene County)

Softball: Ashley McLeod (Meridian; Clarkdale), Grace Stringer (Moselle; South Jones), Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville; Greene County) and Rylee Swilley (Kiln; Hancock)


Baseball: Trace McNabb (Foxworth; West Marion)

Men's soccer: Andrew Elkins (Bay St. Louis; St. Stanislaus), Brandon Pasquini (Ocean Springs), Mike Jimenez (Ocean Springs) and Shawn Trahan (Carriere; Pearl River Central)

Women's soccer: Maddie Beets (Long Beach), Sarah Havens (Hurley; East Central) and Sashine Smith (Kingston, Jamaica)

Softball: Brooke Fagan (Kiln; Hancock), Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune), Hannah Rasberry (Lucedale; George County), Jenna Smith (D'Iberville), Brook Jordan (Waynesboro; Wayne County), Neely McLeod (Lucedale; George County) 

The NJCAA's honors come on the heels of the MACJC announcing its Distinguished and All-State academic honors. Fifty-Seven Wildcats in total were honored by the league.

NOTE: The MACJC and NJCAA use the GPA from the 2018-19 school year and is not a cumulative GPA. To qualify, students must have earned at least 24 hours during the recently completed school year. If a student dropped a course beyond the 15-day calendar window, those hours are counted in hours attempted with zero quality points.


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