Mallie Brown of the Wallace Lady Govs softball team and Oraj Anu of the Wallace College baseball team have both been named All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Brown, a pitcher from Stockton, Ga., led the state with 29 wins with only four losses. She also had one save.
This is the second consecutive year Anu has earned All-American honors. The outfielder from Orlando led the state with 19 home runs. He has already committed to the University of Kentucky and has been drafted by the Detroit Tigers organization in MLB.
A total of 26 Wallace College athletes from this year’s Wallace baseball and softball teams have been named to the ACCC Commissioner’s All-Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible for this list, the student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Twelve of the students were baseball players and the other 14 were softball players.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament that the Wallace Community College athletic department doesn’t just produce championship caliber athletic teams; we have a strong group of outstanding student-athletes as well,” said Dr. Ryan Spry the Director of Student and CampusServices at Wallace College, whose responsibilities include the overall athletic program.
This year , the Wallace baseball team won the South Division Conference Championship of the ACCC and finished third in the state. The Lady Govs won the division title, finished second in the state tournament and earned a spot in the World Series , eventually finishing fifth . Both programs are considered among the best junior college programs in the nation.
“Another thing I think this shows is that we all work together here at Wallace,” Spry said. “It’s not just the coaches and student-athletes who are committed to student success. Our instructors and academic advisors (Mrs. Amanda Wise and Mrs. Brandy Dowdey) work closely with our student-athletes, just as they do all of our students. We want to make sure everyone is able to realize their academic goals when they come to Wallace.”
The baseball players making the All-Academic Honor Roll were Anu, Luis Aviles, Justin Farmer, Golston Gillespie, Jackson Green, James Jones, Brandon Kaminer, Ryan Leno, Peyton Millirons, Casey Selfe, Jared Shemper and Joey Wozniak.
Softball players on the list were Brown, Evin Bibb, Morgan Brooks, Brittany Carroll, Macy Crawford, Schylur Edwards. Ariyon Hightower, Halie Jones, Caitlyn Koller, Rory Long, Hope Mynard, Annaleigh Poland, Hannah Popwell and Anna Belle Tippens.
While both the baseball and softball teams had very successful seasons, 2019 is not the only time these programs have enjoyed success.
Softball h as been named as an NJCAA Academic All-American Team the past three years (3.0+ team GPA). The baseball team earned its highest ever team GPA last year (3.19) and NJCAA Academic All-American status.