GPC athletes earn Academic All-America honors

06/11/2013
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The Georgia Perimeter College softball team traditionally has produced excellent scholars as well as good athletes, but the 2013 Jaguars have raised the academic bar.

The team’s sophomore co-captains, Madison Case and Samantha Maycock, were named to the Division 1 softball Academic All-America team this week by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Both hail from Ola High School and McDonough.

Case, a left-fielder majoring in applied science, graduated from Georgia Perimeter in May with a 3.90 grade point average on a 4-point grading scale. Maycock, a catcher-turned-shortstop majoring in health and physical fitness, received her diploma with a 3.75 GPA.

Producing two Academic All-Americans represents an exceptional accomplishment for any team, but Georgia Perimeter’s cumulative team academic performance is just as impressive. The Jaguars had a phenomenal 3.41 GPA.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of this year’s team,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “These young ladies seem to excel in everything they do. This season we had two Academic All-Americans; seven players made the all-region team; three players make the region all-tournament team and we had the tournament MVP.”

Case, a left-fielder majoring in applied science, and Maycock, a catcher-turned-shortstop with a health and physical fitness major, were the Jaguars’ co-captains. Both hail from Ola High School in McDonough.

They excelled on the field as well as the classroom—both won spots on the NJCAA All-Region 17 second team and both were outstanding fielders.

Case finished the season with a .302 batting average. She hit .414 as a freshman in 2012, but because of an injury had only 58 at bats. Maycock batted .295 and had a key three-hit game in the region tournament.

Georgia Perimeter won the regular season championship of Region 17—also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association—with a 13-3 record. Then the Jaguars convincingly won the tournament championship in three games.

Deyton, in his first season as head coach, was named the conference Coach of the Year. The Jaguars lost two games at the NJCAA national tournament to finish 21-16.

Although offered scholarships to play for four-year colleges, Maycock and Case decided to retire from softball to concentrate on their academic careers. Maycock will transfer to Georgia College and State University, while Case will attend Columbus State University.

It is the second consecutive year that GPC has landed a player on the softball all-academic team. Kaitlyn Smith (Buford, North Gwinnett H.S.) was selected in 2012. Last year’s team GPA was 3.21.

Other players with GPA averages at 3.0 or over this year were sophomores Jessie Romines (Stockbridge, Strong Rock Christian School), Stephanie Satterfield (Cleveland, White County H.S.), Rachel Martinez (Stockbridge, Woodland H.S.) and Savannah Cook (McDonough, Ola H.S.).

Also 3.0 or above were freshmen Vanessa Buitrago (McDonough, Union Grove), Stephanie Watts (Kennesaw, Allatoona H.S.), Barbara Rego (Allenhurst, Bradwell Institute), Abby Hulsey (Cornelia, Habersham Central), Lyndsey Parden (McDonough, Union Grove H.S.), Jenna Carr (Snellville, Shiloh H.S.) and Maegan Coddington (McDonough, Ola H.S.).

Said Deyton: “The sophomores will be great additions to the colleges they are transferring to, but more importantly these sophomores and their freshman teammates will be successful people who make a difference in society.”

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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 24,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.