“10” – Skylanders Reach New Heights with Ten Academic All-Americans

Article Posted -- June 9, 2011

June 9, 2011

 In what has become a common theme at Sussex County Community College, a group of Skylanders’ student-athletes have qualified to become National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-Americans. This year however, the group is larger than usual, with ten Skylanders earning the prestigious recognition.

 Ten Skylanders representing five of the six sports offered at SCCC will officially be honored with the Academic All-American title later this summer when the NJCAA publishes the names of those who achieved the necessary qualifications.

 Women’s soccer under Head Coach Oscar Ortiz is reposnsible for half of the SCCC contingent of Academic All-Americans. Ashley Frazell (Newton), Tara Gowe (Lenape Valley), Brianna Schaad (High Point), Lauren Scrudato (Kittatinny) and Kathryn Sisco (Vernon) earned honors while leading their team to the Region XIX Semifinal round.

 Men’s soccer performed extremely well academically as well for Head Coach Eric Ford as both Cory Maguire (Newton) and Stephen Trentanelli (Lenape Valley) excelled to the necessary level to achieve Academic All-American status.

 Joining the aforementioned student-athletes are Jessica Takacs (Newton) of women’s basketball and Joshua Bastin (Newton) of the men’s hoops team under Head Coaches Fred Kressaty and Randy Jackson respectively achieved high standards in sports that cross two semesters, thus adding a degree of difficulty for academics while playing a sport.

 Timothy O’Shea (Jefferson), a standout on the SCCC baseball team also stood out academically for Coach Todd Poltersdorf en route to meeting the qualifications for Academic All-American.

 The NJCAA recognizes Academic All-Americans for student-athletes completing at least 45 semester hours while earning a 3.60 grade point average or higher. Distinguished Academic All-Americans are denoted such for student-athletes earning a 3.8 GPA or higher.

 John Kuntz, SCCC Athletic Director expresses his appreciation for the ten student-athletes to achieve this high honor.

 “I cannot say enough about these ten individuals. We have always had

Stephen Trentanelli (Second From Left), Ashley Frazell (Third From Left) and Joshua Bastin (Far Right) pictured at 2011 Student Excellence Awards

student-athletes reach this level of excellence, but for ten of our student-athletes achieve Academic All-American honors is tremendous. I am extremely proud and I can only believe the determination needed to achieve this recognition will serve these individuals down the road.”