Lady Pioneers recognized for academics
Even though the season didn’t end on the court like North Arkansas College women’s basketball coach Stacie Klott wanted, she is very pleased with the way it ended in the classroom.
Her Lady Pioneers were recognized as a Team of Distinction by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Lady Pioneers finished the season with a cumulative grade point average of 3.41. It was the 15th highest in the nation.
“Our goal is to try to reach 3.5 each year,” said Klott. “The team who generally comes in first for women’s basketball, typically has a 3.5 GPA.”
Over the last few years, the Lady Pioneers have had a 3.17 in 2009; 3.01 in 2011; and a 3.2 in 2013.
“Our team takes pride in being a leader in academics,” said Klott. “We take our role as student-athletes seriously and want to show that we excel in the classroom and on the court. With our volunteering, we also want to show that we are student athletes with character that will follow us through life. I am very proud of my team!”
A new program started this year for Northark athletics.
“This year a new incentive has started in our athletic department,” said Klott. “The team with the highest GPA will have their name placed on a plaque. The first winner is women’s basketball.
“A little friendly competition within the athletic department is healthy,” she continued. “We want to exceed what other community college athletes are doing in the classroom and on the court. We want our GPA, retention rates and completion rates to be higher than other community colleges.”
Members of the Lady Pioneers this year included: Bailey Boring, Seymour, Mo.; Kaitlin Powell, Green Forest; Kodee Powell, Green Forest; Demi Hargrove, Flippin; Callie Cox, Pottsville; Jordan Cottengim, Norwood, Mo.; Jaimie Villines, Jasper; Holland Craise, Greenland; Josie Harris, Marshall; Ashley Martin, Bergman; and Brooke Malone, Bergman