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July 2, 2014

7 NOC Enid athletes earn academic honors

ENID, Okla. — Seven Northern Oklahoma College Enid student-athletes earned NJCAA academic achievement awards it was announced by the school.

Topping the list was former Pioneer High School baseball standout Bret McNaughton, who received a Pinnacle Award (4.0 GPA). The right-hander went 3-0 last season for the Jets, striking out 19 batters in 23 2/3 innings. Joining McNaughton as Pinnacle honorees were Lady Jets basketball players Paige Eaton and Sydney Postier.

Three Jets, Nolan Fanning and Korbin Polstin in baseball, and John Lazenby III in basketball, earned NJCAA Superior Academic Awards (3.80 - 3.99 GPA). Polston batted .320 and led the team with 10 stolen bases.

Jerame Littell was honored with an NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award (3.60 - 3.79 GPA). Littell, the son of Oklahoma State women’s basketball head coach Jim Littell, batted .335 for the Jets last season and led the team with 15 home runs and 53 RBI.

“Being a student-athlete requires a tremendous amount of sacrifice,” said NOC athletic director Jeremy Hise. ”The amount of time the student-athletes spend practicing, participating and traveling is great.  For these young men and women to make the additional commitment to excel in the classroom is fantastic.”

Three NOC Enid teams also earned spots on the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year list, which recognizes teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Jets’ baseball team, which qualified for the NJCAA Division II World Series this past season, posted a team GPA of 3.16. The Lady Jets’ basketball team, which advanced to the NJCAA national tournament, finished with a team GPA of 3.28, and the first-year Lady Jets’ softball team was recognized with a 3.14 GPA.

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