Windsor, N.J. - College administrators joined with staff from
the MCCC Athletics Department to celebrate the accomplishments
of Mercer's student athletes at a breakfast April 27.
According to Athletics Director John Simone, this year's athletes
proved not only dedicated to their sport, but also accomplished
in the classroom, with 35 athletes being named to the Dean's
List in the fall semester. Many sophomores are on track to
transfer to four-year institutions to continue their academic
and athletic careers.
Numerous players were acknowledged for being selected to All-Region
and All-GSAC teams, including soccer players Kadeem Dacres,
Mohamed Conteh, Jonni Ventura, and Robin Patton from the men's
team, and Irene Calabria Nuevo and Marissa Segal from women's
soccer. Special recognition went to basketball player Alexis
Sweet for being named an All-American and scoring 1,000 points
for the Lady Vikes, only the fourth woman in Mercer history
to do so.
MCCC's scholar athletes for 2010-11 were also announced. The
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year went to soccer player Mark
Pratico. Pratico graduates in May and plans to transfer to
Rider University, where he will continue his soccer career.
The Female Athlete of the Year is soccer player Jessica Villalba,
who will transfer to Rowan University to major in Exercise
recognized were softball players Jenna Comiski and Amanda
Myers-Morales, who were selected for Who's Who in
American Junior Colleges.
and Exercise Science Program Coordinator John Kalinowski presented
"Iron Viking Awards" to softball player Alyssa Becker
and basketball player Marcus Jimenez for maximizing their
performance during the season and in workouts during the off-season.
fields nine teams including men's and women's soccer, men's
and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, baseball,
softball and, new this year, women's cross country. Highlights
of the year include:
final results of the spring season, visit the Athletics
website and click on team pages.
soccer team earned Region 19 title and advanced to
Northeast District final, finishing 15th nationally;
soccer team advanced to Region 19 final;
basketball team advanced to Region 19 final;
tennis team placed third at the Region 19 championships,
earning a berth at NJCAA National Championships in
Plano, TX, May 15-20;
team will play in the Region 19 Final Four May 7-8;
team will advance to the Region 19 tournament, to
be played at Mercer May 13-15.
with trainer and faculty member John Kalinowski is softball
player Alyssa Becker, who was named this year's female
"Iron Viking." (Marcus Jimenez was named the
male "Iron Viking.")
of the men's and women's soccer teams
enjoy breakfast and a chance to socialize.
basketball players, from left, Anthony Obery, Arlington
Rowley, Jonathan Jernigan and Gary Carthan.