Ice returns to links for TSJC
Jake Ice will bring his game back to Trinidad this fall as the Trojans look to regain the top spot in Region IX.
The Trojan golf team finished second in Region IX this past spring, failing to win the title from the first time in six years. The 2014-2015 team will try to fight their way back to the top, and anchored by 2014 national qualifier Andrew Ellis and Trinidad standout Carlos Sisneros they are well on their way. The two returners will get a surprise helping hand as 2012-2013 standout Jake Ice returns for his sophomore year after a year off.
Student Athletes Find Success at TSJC
Another memorable sports season wrapped up at Trinidad State last month and exciting news regarding the student-athletes is still rolling in. As instructors entered grades it quickly became apparent that this was one of the highest achieving groups in the history of Trinidad State. Once all of the grades were entered TSJC had 11 individual athletes and four teams recognized nationally.
Trinidad State’s Pinnacle Award earning students were volleyball player Shelby Walker and soccer player Andrez Leyva
The highest level a student athlete in the NJCAA can reach is that of Pinnacle Award winner for Academic Excellence. To qualify students have to sustain a GPA of 4.0 for at least three semesters. This year two Trinidad State students received the Pinnacle Award; they were volleyball player Shelby Walker and soccer player Andrez Leyva.
Also awarded is the Superior Academic Achievement Award, which credits student-athletes who have maintained an overall GPA between 3.8 and 3.99. Nicole Ortega (soccer), Oscar Rivero (soccer), Dillon Gaasbeck (baseball), Erik Bussey (baseball) and Vanessa Gonzales (basketball/volleyball) all earned the Superior Academic Achievement Award. Finally, the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award is awarded to student-athletes with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79. Earning the Exemplary Award were Asha Rose (basketball), Nick Eurich (baseball), Thanasi Lycou (baseball) and Jean-Felix Proulx (baseball).
The team awards go to teams that maintain a 3.0 GPA average for two semesters. These awards are much more difficult to achieve with Trinidad placing only one team on the list in the past two years. In 2013-14 the Trojan Baseball, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Soccer teams all “made the grade”. This is an extraordinary accomplishment that is testament to the hours of hard work the athletes put in on and off the court, as well as to the dedication of Trinidad State’s outstanding faculty and coaching staff.
“To have four teams achieve recognition from the NJCAA for academic excellence reflects positively on our entire institution” commented Athletic Director Rich Holden. “Faculty, staff, students and the parents of our students should all be congratulated for this historic and prestigious accomplishment."
With the academic awards given the sport’s season officially comes to an end, but recruiting is going strong and the 2014-2015 season is just around the corner.
Glover receives top honor
Incoming freshmen Samantha Glover, a 2014-15 signee for the Lady Trojan softball team, was recently honored by the Redlands Unified School Board as “Outstanding Student Athlete” at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, California.
Alumni Tournament Scheduled
Trojans take Region IX Title
The 2014 Region IX Baseball Champion TSJC Trojans. (Photo by David Barrack)
The Trinidad State baseball team fought its way to the top of Region IX this past weekend with tournament victories over Northeastern, Lamar and Otero. The Trojans entered the tournament seeded third in the region, however they rolled through the first two games before defeating Otero in extra innings to claim the crown. The Region IX champs will now prepare for their trip to districts later this week.