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Heartland student athletes hit new heights for academic performance

June 2, 2021

For the third year in a row, the Heartland Hawks athletics teams have set a new high point for academic performance.   

With a cumulative GPA of 3.23 for the 2020-2021 academic year, Heartland’s student athletes have posted the highest marks in the program’s history. This tops the previous mark of 3.03 Hawks athletes posted in the 2019-2020 academic year, which topped the 3.02 record from the year before that.

 The continued academic success of student athletes reflects the College’s commitment to student success. Last year, Heartland opened the Student Athlete Academic Support Center (SAASC), administered by Rachel Cook, Director of Advisement and Mary Frahm, Head Volleyball Coach and Coordinator of the SAASC. 

“Six of our eight teams had a team GPA over a 3.0,” reported Cook. “I am so impressed with this group of student-athletes. The past year was particularly hard on everyone with many still adapting to online learning. To face that adversity and still end with the highest Athletics department GPA ever is an incredible accomplishment.” 

Forty athletes made the Academic All-Conference team. Parameters for this achievement are two full-time semesters with a GPA average of 3.5 or higher. Additionally, thirteen athletes were named to the NJCAA All-Academic 1st Team with a 4.0 GPA. Fourteen made 2nd Team, having earned an average GPA between 3.80-3.99, and eleven made 3rd Team with an average falling between 3.60-3.79.


First Team (4.0 GPA)

Sean Shook, Baseball

Morgan Boward, Softball

Lindsey Hari, Softball

Blair Jacobus, Softball

Mikayla Fairfield, Softball

Sara Perkins, Softball

Ariadna Roca Arjona, Women’s Soccer

Lucia Cuadra Valero, Women’s Soccer

David Hutson, Golf

Regan Danko, Volleyball

Lacey Kaiser, Volleyball

Emily Eder, Volleyball

Emma Clark, Volleyball


Second Team (3.80-3.99 GPA)

Dylan Foley, Baseball

Irene Robles, Women’s Soccer

Jazmin Torres, Women’s Soccer

Darla Portillo, Women’s Soccer

Cora Perez Andreu, Women’s Soccer

Montserrat Alsina, Women’s Soccer

Alexander Schulze, Men’s Soccer

Mattia Vecchi, Men’s Soccer

Pavel Capovsky, Men’s Soccer

Santiago Huertas, Men’s Soccer

Brooke Evans, Women’s Cross Country

Lauren Minick, Volleyball

Aniya Monla, Volleyball

Kendall Peck, Volleyball


Third Team (3.60-3.79)

Matthew Murphy, Baseball

Jack Leffers, Golf

Ricardo Herrero Araguas, Men’s Soccer

Loris Granier, Men’s Soccer

Diego Massone, Men’s Soccer

Alyssa Webb, Softball

Brandy Ogden, Softball

Hadleigh Loitz, Volleyball

Carley Baughman, Volleyball

Rebekah Nielsen, Women’s Soccer

Apryl Alvarez, Women’s Soccer


“These accomplishments are a testament to the services provided at Heartland,” said Ryan Knox, HCC Athletic Director. “The faculty were exceptional in mitigating the various platforms and circumstances for all our students throughout the trials of the past year. I hope everyone at Heartland feels a sense of accomplishment with this record-breaking group of athletes. It’s truly a school-wide victory.”

Written by: Steve Fast