Academic Recognition

Blinn names 98 student-athletes to Fall honor roll

Ninety-eight Blinn College student-athletes continued the College's long tradition of competitive and academic success in Fall 2013 to earn recognition on the Don Wilhelm Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

To be eligible, students must complete at least 12 credit hours and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA). Ten students qualified with a 4.0 GPA, and the baseball team had the most student-athletes recognized with 24.

"For our student-athletes to get where they want to go, they have to be successful in the classroom, too," said Athletic Director Scott Schumacher. "These 98 athletes understand that and have worked hard to balance their academic and competitive responsibilities."

Student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs were football's William Janosek and Logan Vinklarek; men's basketball's Lionheart Leslie; baseball's Reed RobinsonJacob Sarabia and Weston Wick; softball's Marissa Purcell; cheer's Mia Garcia and Leslie Hilbun; and dance's Katarina Unger.

The honor roll is named after Don Wilhelm, an NJCAA Hall of Famer who served as Blinn's athletic director for 10 years.

Fall Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Baseball (24)

Trevor AhinSeth BallewJames Barry, Robert Brenner, Nolan BrownRyan Capel, Connor Cross, Robert Dickey, Cole DohertyCullen GassawayCullen JozwiakHunter Lehman, Pasquale Mazzoccoli, Nicholas Melvin, Jose Reyes, Reed Robinson*, Brett Rohde, Jacob Sarabia*, Dylan ShuckRyan Skoruppa, Conner Smith, Stephen StuartChristian Thames, Weston Wick*.

Football (19)

Daniel Clemons, Zachary Fattig, Kiel Heidman, William Janosek*, Kyle Johnson, Kyle Keller, Ron Knowles, Brett Kocian*, Joshua Lollar, Edgar Luna, Kaylon Melancon, Michael Miller, Steven Payne, Brazos Sepert, Kohlton Tegeler, Logan Vinklarek*, Jacob Warner, Donovan Williams, Sarah McGuire (manager).

Men's Basketball (11)

Eddie Alcantara, Tra Barber, Cody Everitt, Jacoby Green, Broderick Harris, Roderick Harris, Lionheart Leslie*, Jalan McCloud, Eric Ross, Kyle Wilson, Brian Johnson (manager).

Softball (11)

Allison Artz, Carolyn Dixon, Taylor Guidry, Sara Mason, Grace McLeod, Avery Mullendore, Allison Piro, Marissa Purcell*, Jaiden Rawls, Sydney Wellmann, Mackinsey Yoes.

Cheer (10)

Anthony Antonelli, Chelsea Belanger, Cristina Belgodere, Cheyenne Foreman, Mia Garcia*, Leslie Hilbun*, Megan Keathly, Dena Robison, Amanda Thurman, Ellen Tobola.

Dance (9)

Jasmine Badillo, Jasmin Garlic, Katelyn Ledbetter, Kathryn McAninch, Alisa McIninch, Melissa Morales, Briette Moser, Alexia Phillips, Katarina Unger*, Carolina Brown.

Volleyball (7)

Trinity Alualu, Crystal Hembree, Hannah Jackson, Katelyn Kyle, Alyssa LaMont, Evely Macedo, Rebecca Proske, Macy Cherry.

Women's Basketball (4):

Shakera Barnes, Tayler Weiks, Katrina Hayden, Conner Gurley (manager).

Trainers (2)

Paige Lavoy, Brittany Welch.

* Student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA.


Academic excellence nets Duge Blinn’s Atkinson Cup

Blinn College sophomore Molly Duge was named the winner of the 2013 Dr. James H. Atkinson Cup recognizing the sophomore student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Duge, a defensive specialist from Brenham High School, led all Buccaneer sophomore athletes with a 3.86 cumulative GPA. She was recently named an NJCAA Academic All-American.

"That girl holds a special place in our hearts," Blinn volleyball coach Erin Mellinger said. "We're very proud of her and she's completely deserving of this award."

On the court, Duge posted 107 digs for the Buccaneer volleyball team last season, good for 1.75 per set. Duge and the Buccaneers went 25-7 on the season and reached the Region XIV Conference Tournament semifinals.

"She was a leader on the court and off the court," Mellinger said. "She led by her actions and her words, and her communication on the court was outstanding. She did awesome things for us."

Duge has transferred to Lamar University, where she is majoring in engineering and will play on the volleyball team in the Fall.

The Atkinson Cup, sponsored by the Buccaneer Alumni Letterman Association, began in 2000 to honor the top sophomore student athlete with the highest GPA in a minimum of 48 transferable hours. The award is named for former Blinn athletic director and president Dr. James H. Atkinson.




Blinn baseball, softball named NJCAA All-Academic Teams

Blinn College's baseball and softball teams were named 2012-13 NJCAA All-Academic Teams and four athletes were named Academic All-Americans, Athletic Director Scott Schumacher announced in May.

The Buccaneer baseball team posted a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) for the 2012-13 school year while the Buccaneer softball team tallied a 3.08. To be considered for all-academic honors, teams must post a team GPA of 3.00.

This is the baseball team's fourth consecutive year to earn all-academic recognition and the fifth time the team has been honored in the last six years. It marks the third time the softball program has earned academic honors in the past four years.

Blinn volleyball player Molly Duge, softball player Christa Hartnett and baseball players Holden Cammack and Kyle Mueller each earned Academic All-American honors. Duge, a sophomore from Brenham, earned a Superior Academic Achievement Award. Hartnett, a sophomore from Houston; Cammack, a sophomore from Grapevine; and Mueller, a sophomore from Bellville, each received Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards.

Students must at least a 3.80 GPA over at least 45 semester hours to qualify for Superior Academic Achievement and a 3.60 to qualify for Exemplary Academic Achievement.

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and has captured 26 NJCAA national championships since 1987.


Blinn names 72 to Spring athletic director’s honor roll

Seventy-two Blinn College student-athletes have been named to the Spring 2013 Don Wilhelm Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Athletic Director Scott Schumacher announced today.

To be eligible, students must complete 12 credit hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average. In all, 35 percent of the 204 eligible athletes met the requirements, including 83 percent of the baseball team. The baseball team posted 25 players to the honor roll, followed by cheer with 12 and softball with 11.

Earning perfect 4.0 grade point averages were: cheerleaders Leslie Hilburn and Amanda Thurman; softball players Allison Artz and Tiffani McKnight; baseball players Zach McCown, Brandon Montalvo, Michael Vielma and Weston Wick; women's basketball player Darrecia Johnson and volleyball player Victoria Estrada.

"Our players truly exemplify the meaning of the term 'student-athlete,'" Schumacher said. "We greatly appreciate their dedication in balancing elite athletic competition with academic excellence."

The honor roll is named after former Blinn athletic director Don Wilhelm, an NJCAA Hall of Famer who served the College for 10 years.

Here are the Fall 2012 honor roll student-athletes:



Kris Babber, Luke Cashman, Daniel Clemons, Samuel Freirech, Kiel Heidman, Jacob Mansfield, Cameron Waites


Dylan Dean, Victoria Estrada, Katelyn Kyle, Kimberly Landry, Celeste Ramirez, Tyanna Roy


Jefferson Ocoro, Stacey Strickland (manager)


Darrecia Johnson, Amari Jones, Michelle Umachi


Dillon Becker, Nolan Brown, Holden Cammack, Taylor Cobb, Robert Dickey, Cole Doherty, Quinton Evans, Colin Fry, McCullen Gassaway, Scott Jones, Brandon Klotz, Colin Kowal, Karl Malecek, Zach McCown, Brandon Montalvo, Kyle Mueller, Jacob Murray, J.C. Neighbors, Trent Rape, Trey Robins, Kevin Santana, Hayden Vesely, Michael Vielma, Blake Whitter, Weston Wick


Allison Artz, Tara Bowers, Caitlin Carney, Katie Castillon, Taylor Guidry, Christa Hartnett, Tiffani McKnight, Shannon O'Connor, Marissa Purcell, Sydney Wellmann, Mackinsey Yoes


Anthony Antonelli, Christina Belodere, Tabitha Collins, Brenna Court, Cheyenne Frazier, Leslie Hilburn, Katie Kaelin, Savannah Kale, Doug McCoy, Emily Peck, Gilbert Solis, Amanda Thurman


Paige Beyer, Katelyn Ledbetter, Alisa McIninch


Brennon Gurley, Lauren Moreno, Ashley Weir