SCF Athletes Score Academic & Athletic Awards

Five Named to the NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American Team

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 9, 2009) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) alumni and St. Louis Cardinals baseball player, Jonathon Rodriguez-Sosa, was named to the 2008-09 National Junior College Activities Association (NJCAA) Distinguished Academic All-American team with a 3.8 grade point average.

A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez-Sosa was a sophomore third baseman at SCF when he became a recipient of the Eddie Award, which is given to an SCF athlete for dedication, determination and inspiration to teammates. The award is named in honor of Reverend Eddie Williams, a former athletics bus driver.
Other SCF students earning athletic honors in the 2008-09 academic year include:
  • Gus Schlosser, Suncoast Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year;  Florida Community Colleges Activities Association (FCCAA) All Conference Player of the Year; and FCCAA All State and NJCAA Region VIII Player of the Year, baseball.
  • Taylor Wrenn, FCCAA All State, NJCAA Region VIII, Suncoast All Conference, baseball.
  • Ashlee Sismilich, FCCAA and NJCAA Region VIII All Tournament teams, softball.
Suncoast All Conference players were baseball team members Kelvin Clark, Jonathan Griffin, Anthony Mitchell , Joshua Renfro, Jonathan Rodriguez-Sosa, Taylor Wrenn, Dereck Luciano, Hunter Ovens; softball team members Randi Grimes, Sarah Boyd, Robyn Draper, Kelsey Falcone, Ashley Brown, Ashlee Sismilich; basketball team members Aaron Mitchell, Durrell Kern, Andrew Peterson, Khiry Anfield, Timothy Plummer, Shedrick Haynes; and volleyball team members Brittney Koch, Ameila Levy, and Erin Dunn. 
SCF athletes excelled academically earning a cumulative 3.07 GPA. SCF’s baseball team earned a 3.32 GPA, ranking fifth among teams in the NJCAA.
Five SCF athletes were named to the NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American team (3.8 GPA or above). Nine are on the NJCAA Academic All-American team (3.6 GPA or above.) Twenty-three are on the FCCAA Academic All-State team (3.3 GPA or above). Thirty-one earned Suncoast Academic All-Conference honors (minimum 3.0 GPA).
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