The Trail Blazer men's team know that success on the field means nothing without success in the classroom. At the end of the Fall 2013 semester, the men's team posted a cumulative GPA average of 2.92. They narrowly lost out to the women's team, who posted a 3.02 average. Furthermore, 92% of the men meet NJCAA eligibility standards, 72% earned at least a 2.5 GPA, 52% earned at least a 3.0 GPA and 20% earned at least a 3.5 GPA. .
The student-athletes success is a testament to their high character and seriousness about academics. They not only bought into what the program demands of them on the field, but also in the classroom. At MCC-Blue River, incoming players take part in a weekly college success class with an academic advisor. The class involves information about time management, financial aid, study skills, Q&A session with former players, the creation of a two year plan, three one-on-one meetings with the advisor and three grade checks throughout the semester. Free tutoring in the academic resource center is also available for all students. The Trail Blazers student-athletes took advantage of their resources, studied hard and got the grades!
MCC-Blue River hosted their annual sports awards program on November 22, 2013. The night was an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of all our student-athletes, recap the past season and look forward to 2014. Additionally, individual awards were given to athletes for achievements on the field and in the classroom. Trail Blazers receiving individual awards were:
Offensive MVP - Cameron Wallace
Defensive MVP - Blake Cook
Leadership Award - Kye Karim and Chase Carter
Most Improved Player - Josh Medina
Trail Blazer Scholar Athlete Award - Amos Johnson
Special recognition was also given to Mike Hendershot, Jenny Steen, Cari Hustedde and Amy Wendleton. Each one provides support for the Trail Blazers program, making the success of the student-athletes possible!
Sophomore forward Cameron Wallace was selected to the NJCAA Region 16 first team. He led the Trail Blazers with 10 goals, 7 assists and 27 points. Cameron displayed a consistent high level of play, recording either a goal or an assist in 15 out of 17 games.
Christian Davenport, Kye Karim and Blake Cook were NJCAA Region 16 second team selections. Christian, a freshman from Rockhurst High School, played both defense and midfield. Coaches commented on his relentless motor, hard tackling and strength in the air. Kye Karim, a freshman from England, battled through an injured ankle most of the season to contribute 7 goals and 2 assists in 12 games. He finished the season strong by scoring a goal in each of the last four games. Blake Cook, a freshman from St. Pius High School, registered 114 saves, 7 one goal games and 2 shutouts in 17 starts. He often made the big saves that energized and kept the Trail Blazers in games. Congratulations to all four players on their well earned NJCAA Region 16 honors!
The Independence Examiner ran a front page story on September 19th, 2013 highlighting the student-athletes from area high schools at MCC-Blue River. Check out their story here.