Five Ranger teams named MACCC all-academic

Photo: Four of the five Northwest Mississippi Community College teams that reached MACCC all-academic status. (nwccrangers.com photo)

For as exciting as the 2021-22 athletic season was for Northwest, the accomplishments also spilled over into the classroom.

Five Northwest teams were recognized as MACCC Academic Teams of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday morning. Leading the way with the highest overall GPA for all sports was the Ranger softball team, which recorded a 3.73 grade point average.

Although coach Chelsea Bramlett‘s squad missed out on earning the top softball GPA last season, the Rangers still tallied a 3.59 mark for 2020-21. It is the first Academic Team of the Year award for softball under Bramlett’s three-year tenure.

Just behind the Northwest softball team was the Lady Rangers’ volleyball program, which earned Academic Team of the Year honors for volleyball with a 3.72 GPA. Women’s soccer and football rounded out the Academic Team of the Year honors, with both sports posting respective 3.62 and 3.21 GPAs.

This is the first Academic Team of the Year award for coach Allison Burchyett‘s volleyball program, after raising her team’s GPA from a still-solid 3.43 total last year. Coach James Beattie‘s women’s soccer program also recorded a noticeable jump from last season’s 3.49 GPA.

For football, this marks the fourth straight season where coach Benjy Parker‘s squad earned a 3.0 GPA or better and the third time since the 2016-17 season that the Rangers have earned Academic Team of the Year accolades.

Women’s basketball also repeated Academic Team of the Year honors from last season, fielding a 3.60 GPA for the 2021-22 academic year. Like most Northwest teams, this is also an increase for the Lady Rangers from last year’s 3.41 GPA.

Individual Academic All-MACCC selections will be announced at a later date this summer. Last year, Northwest set a new single-year record of 92 selections.

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