June 24, 2014
GALESBURG—Three Carl Sandburg College student-athletes and two Chargers teams have earned honors from the NJCAA for their outstanding performances in the classroom during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Sophomore women’s golfer Ellen Corbin (Washington, Ill./Washington), sophomore softball player Whitney Freeman (London Mills, Ill./Spoon River Valley) and sophomore men’s basketball player Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) each received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement, and the Sandburg women’s golf and volleyball teams were recognized as NJCAA All-Academic Teams.
“This is a great honor for Ellen, Whitney, Mitch and our volleyball and women’s golf teams. We take great pride in our student-athletes’ and teams’ success on the field, but their success in the classroom is what matters most,” Sandburg athletic director Mike Bailey said. “To be among the best student-athletes in the country is something they should be very proud of and an honor they earned through hard work.”
Corbin, Freeman and Wendling also earned academic All-Arrowhead Conference honors last month. The NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement is given to sophomores who earn a grade point average of 3.8-3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Of the 58,446 NJCAA student-athletes in 2013-2014, 1,799 (3.1 percent) of them were recognized with academic awards for having a GPA of at least 3.6.
The Sandburg volleyball team’s 3.05 cumulative GPA helped it be named an NJCAA All-Academic Team for the second time in three years. Teams had to have at least a 3.0 overall team GPA in order to qualify for the award. Nine of the 13 players on the Chargers’ roster had a GPA of at least 3.0 and were named to the academic All-Arrowhead team.
The Sandburg women’s golf team was one of 18 in the nation and one of four from Illinois to earn All-Academic Team honors after posting a cumulative 3.01 GPA. It’s the first time the team has earned the distinction, and two of the Chargers’ five team members — Corbin and freshman Skylar Neely-Houzenga — also were academic all-conference selections.
Ellen Corbin Whitney Freeman Mitch Wendling
Members of the 2013-2014 Carl Sandburg College volleyball team: Front row (L to R): Brooklyn Wexell, Justine Bodenhamer. Second row (L to R): Lorren Newingham, Andrea Hendrix, Ashlynn Winkler, Erika Hibberd, Rachel Barr, Kattie Haywood. Back row (L to R): Head coach Todd Winkler, Caitlin McVay, Katie McGee, Sadie Van Norman, Lexa Mahr, Samantha Roth, assistant coach Rachel Kehr.
Members of the 2013-2014 Carl Sandburg College women’s golf team (L to R): Head coach Mike Bailey, Ellen Corbin, Sydney Magedanz, Skylar Neely-Houzenga, Danielle Kenney and Madison Fuller.