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Cardinal athletes, teams honored by NJCAA 

Gadsden, Ala.-- The NJCAA has announced the 2022-23 All-Academic Teams, recognizing student-athletes across the country for their dedication in the classroom.  A total of 10,267 student-athletes across the nation have been honored for achieving a GPA above 3.60. 

Twenty-three Gadsden State Community College student-athletes have received NJCAA All-Academic honors for their academic achievement.  

Each year, the NJCAA recognizes teams in each sport for their dedication in the classroom on the NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year.  To qualify as an academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Cardinal teams qualifying include women’s cross country (3.47), men’s tennis (3.43), women’s basketball (3.37) and women’s volleyball (court) with a 3.4. Roseanne Green is the coach for women’s cross country, Buster Stewart is coach of the tennis team, Bryan Phillips is head coach for women’s basketball and Courtney Brothers is head coach for volleyball.  

Cardinal players with a 4.0 GPA receiving First Team honors include Cadence Buchanan of Ragland from women’s basketball; Jordan Clark of Arab from women’s cross country; Savannah Free of Danville and Madison Williams of Decatur, both from women’s volleyball (court); Parker Goodwin of Grove Oak from men’s basketball and Andrew Keeton of Killen and Evan Stewart of Enterprise, both from men’s tennis.

Student-athletes with a 3.80 to 3.99 GPA named to the Second Team include Payton Blevins of Rainsville and Halle Brown of Valley Head, both from women’s basketball; Lauren Davis of New Market, Ziniah Hardy of Rainbow City, Sera Beth Potter of Ashville and Zoe Walker of Trussville, all from women’s volleyball (court); Noah Hefner of Southside from men’s tennis and Lacey Rich of Southside from women’s cross country.

Student-athletes with a 3.60 to 3.79 named to the Third Team include Chloe Davidson of Gadsden from women’s cross country; Savannah Seals of Ider from women’s basketball; Moriah Seay of Prattville from women’s volleyball (court) and Riley Woerner of Acworth, Ga., from men’s tennis.

“It’s very rewarding to see our student-athletes excel academically,” said Blake Lewis, athletic director.  “We are very proud of the athletic achievements and academic excellence as they spend many hours in the classroom, practicing, training and performing community service.”