The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently honored teams and individual student-athletes from around the country for strong classroom performances in the 2018-19 academic year. Teams and individuals from the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) were included in the year-end honor roll posted in early July.
The women's basketball team at Western Technical College - located in LaCrosse, Wisconsin - was the top-performing team academically in NJCAA women's hoops. The Cavaliers boasted a 3.72 team GPA, the highest mark in the Association in the sport. Western Tech turned in a great 2018-19 season on the hardwood as well, winning the MCAC Southern Division regular season title, the Region XIIIA tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Championships for the first time in program history.
Rochester Community & Technical College led the way for the MCAC in terms of the number of teams honored with four standout squads; the Yellowjacket women's basketball, men's basketball, softball and volleyball teams all received mention by the NJCAA. The RCTC volleyball team captured the Region XIIIA tournament title and finished third overall at the 2019 NJCAA Division III Volleyball Championships.
Central Lakes College - located in Brainerd Minnesota - also had multiple teams garner recognition; the Raider volleyball, women's basketball and softball teams all earned their spot on the NJCAA academic honor roll. Minnesota State-Fergus Falls joined Western Technical and CLC in the women's basketball honorary ranks for 2018-19 as well.
For the complete list of teams honored by the NJCAA, listed by sport, CLICK HERE or go to: https://www.njcaa.org/general/2018-19/releases/20190701gjoewb
A composite list of individual NJCAA student-athletes earning mention, listed by name, be sure to visit: https://www.njcaa.org/general/2018-19/releases/20190702eqhk19
In addition to the NJCAA recognition, the MCAC issues an end-of-year MCAC Elite Team, which consists of the top performing student-athletes which excel both in the classroom and the competitive arena from around the Conference. .
A conference initiative which began with the 2017-18 academic year, MCAC Elite Teams are comprised of student-athletes who earned All-Academic honors during their sport season, as well as earning distinction in competition via All-Division, All-Conference, All-MCAC, All-State, All-America or similar NJCAA recognition.
For the 2018-19 MCAC Elite Team announcement, please visit: https://www.mcacsports.org/general/2018-19/releases/20190605gxodwu
The MCAC All-Academic teams are announced twice annually, following the completion of both the fall and spring academic semesters.
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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.