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Raider athletes receive national, local awards

Raider Kyle Andre was named the MFC Pitcher of the Year

Seminole State College of Florida student-athletes have received national, state and conference recognition for their outstanding performance on the field.

In total, 21 Raiders, including four from Seminole County high schools, earned first-team, second-team or honorable mention distinction across the three sports in which Seminole State competes – baseball, softball and women’s golf. Three athletes received All-National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) nods, and five were awarded All-Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) honors. Additionally, six Raiders were recognized by the NJCAA as outstanding student-athletes.

Athletics Honors

Redshirt sophomore pitcher Kyle Andre was named the MFC Pitcher of the Year, having gone 10-2 in 14 games on the season with a 2.12 ERA, and three Raider golfers earned All-America honors following their performances in the NJCAA National Championship tournament.

NJCAA All-American:

  • Chanya “Phon” Angwarawong, of Thailand: women’s golf, first-team
  • Joanna Yoo, of Orange Park: women’s golf, second-team
  • Kelsey Jensen, of British Columbia, Canada: women’s golf, honorable mention

All-FCSAA*:

  • Priscilla Gonzalez, of Miami: softball, second-team outfielder
  • Kyle Andre, of Frostproof: baseball, first-team pitcher
  • A.C. Carter, of Winter Springs: baseball, first-team catcher
  • Connor Marabell, of Jacksonville: baseball, first-team outfielder
  • Angelo Amendolare, of New Smyrna Beach: baseball, second-team infielder

All-MFC*:

  • Priscilla Gonzalez: softball, first-team outfielder
  • Megan LaFon, of Melbourne: softball, first-team pitcher
  • Stefanie Williams, of Sorrento: softball, first-team infielder
  • Alyssa Bastin, of Orlando: softball, second-team outfielder
  • Angelo Amendolare: baseball, first-team infielder
  • Kyle Andre: baseball, first-team pitcher
  • A.C. Carter: baseball, first-team catcher
  • John Gandolfo, of Franklin Lakes, N.J.: baseball, first-team outfielder
  • Connor Marabell: baseball, first-team outfielder
  • James Jean, of Lake Park: baseball, second-team infielder
  • Dan Kennon, of Deming, N.M.: baseball, second-team infielder
  • Darryl Knight, of Orlando: baseball, second-team designated hitter
  • Justin Russell, of Jacksonville: baseball, second-team pitcher

*All-FCSAA and All-MFC honors are not given in women’s golf.

All-FCSAA softball honorable mentions went to Haley Brown, of St. Petersburg; Andrea Monayarji, of Providence, R.I.; Rachel Sherman, of Winter Springs; and Meagan Unverdorben, of Crystal River. Garrett Nuss, of Sorrento; and Parker Perez, of Winter Springs, received All-FCSAA honorable mentions in baseball.

Andre, Marabell, Amendolare and Gandolfo all were among the top 10 in All-MFC voting, with Andre listed as the runner-up for MFC Player of the Year honors. Angwarawong and Yoo both finished the season in the top 10 nationally by stroke count average. Gandolfo was named the FCSAA Baseball Player of the Week for the week of March 11-17, and Monayarji earned FCSAA Softball Player of the Week honors for April 15-21.

Academic Achievements

Six Seminole State players also earned NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Student-athletes who earn a GPA from 3.8-3.99 earn the distinction of Superior Academic Achievement. A GPA of 3.6-3.79 earns them Exemplary Academic Achievement honors. The Raiders who received the awards are:

  • Elizabeth Eby, of Orlando: softball, Superior Academic Achievement
  • Priscilla Gonzalez: softball, Superior Academic Achievement
  • Dannielle Walsh, of Winter Springs: softball, Superior Academic Achievement
  • A.C. Carter: baseball, Exemplary Academic Achievement
  • Adrienne LeBeau, of Titusville: softball, Exemplary Academic Achievement
  • Kathryn Lee, of DeBary: softball, Exemplary Academic Achievement

The 2012-13 season was highlighted by a No. 3 national finish for the women’s golf team, the second such final ranking in the program’s six-year history and the fourth overall top-five tournament finish. The baseball team returned to prominence as well, tying St. Johns River State College for the best record in the MFC and making a run to the FCSAA State Tournament semifinals.

Seminole State competes in three NJCAA Division I sports: baseball, softball and women’s golf. For more information, please visit the Raider athletics home page.

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