After 6 of 7 Seward County teams either won the Jayhawk West Conference or advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament this season, it was quite evident Tuesday that practicing their skills on the field and the court weren’t the only things that the Saints and Lady Saints were going during the 2009-2010 school year. It was announced Tuesday that a matching 6 of 7 teams had been named to the NJCAA’s Academic Teams of the Year list to recognize teams composite achievements in the classroom.
At the top of their respective list for the second straight season was Head Coach Darin Workman’s Men’s Tennis team who amassed a 3.74 team GPA this year to take home their second straight NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Championship. The Saints win the award as the nation’s top academic team again this year by blowing away the competition with the next closest competitor being at 3.39.
Workman’s Women’s Tennis team was equally impressive, finishing in 3rd place in the country, just .02 off the national lead with a 3.67 team GPA. The Lady Saints trailed just East Central CC (Miss.) and Scottsdale CC (Ariz.) and put together the highest GPA of any team in the region this year.
The Lady Saints Volleyball team headed by coach Bert Luallen find their way into the sweet 16 academically this season as they pooled their grades for a 3.35 mark this year. The Lady Saints GPA was the highest of any Division 1 team in the region for the 2009-10 school year.
Head Coach Galen McSpadden’s Saints Baseball team checked in at #18 on the list in their sport, posting a 3.04 team GPA. The Saints not only took home the Jayhawk West Championship on the diamond this season but took home the imaginary trophy from the classroom as well as they finished higher than any other Jayhawk West team when it came to academics as well.
Finishing 26th in the country was Toby Wynn’s Lady Saints Women’s Basketball team who backed up a 31-3 season with ironically a 3.13 team GPA. The Lady Saints were the #3 team from the Jayhawk West and joined 6 other teams total from the Sunflower State in the rankings.
Last but certainly not least was coach Andrea Gustafson’s Lady Saints Softball team who found their way onto the list at #39 after a 9th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. The Lady Saints put together a 3.17 overall GPA on the year and were behind only Colby CC when it came to the Jayhawk West academic standings.