MCC athletes, teams gain academic honors

Three student-athletes and two teams from Marshalltown Community College were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association for their academic success throughout the 2012-13 school year.

Two-sport standout Mady Van Metre was honored with the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, while Ben Ryder of the baseball team and Javier Lopez of the men’s soccer team were honored with the Exemplary Academic Achievement award.

The MCC softball team maintained a 3.36 GPA while the volleyball team achieved a 3.30 GPA throughout the year. Both teams were recognized as NJCAA All-Academic teams by surpassing the minimum GPA of 3.0. It was the second straight year the volleyball squad has earned the honor.

Van Metre, a Marshalltown native and member of the volleyball and women’s basketball teams, achieved a 4.0 GPA to earn the highest individual accolade from the NJCAA. She was a first-team all-region selection in basketball and a second-team all-region selection for volleyball.

Lopez led the Tigers to the 2012 NJCAA National Tournament, where they tied for fifth. Lopez, a third-team NJCAA All-American, posted a 3.67 GPA in the classroom to earn the national academic honor.

Ryder was recognized for his academic achievements by the NJCAA for the second consecutive year. Ryder, a right-handed pitcher, recorded a 3.72 GPA to earn his second straight Exemplary Academic Achievement honor.