It is amazing when teams compete at the highest level and are poised to possibly go all the way. What’s even more amazing is when these athletes excel in the classroom as well. Not only did the Edison State Community College Lady Chargers win the OCCAC Title, the District Championship and advance to the National Tournament, but they are now also being honored for their fantastic academic achievements!
With a very successful season on the basketball court cut short due to our nation’s healthcare challenges, the Lady Chargers made the most of their classroom studies. Finishing 7th OVERALL IN THE NATION, the 2019–2020 NJCAA Women’s Basketball team celebrated with six lady chargers leading the way by being named to the All Academic Team.
Representing Edison State and being named All Academic First Team with a 4.0 GPA were Madison Bakosh of Springboro and Allison Siefring of St. Henry. Followed closely on the All Academic Second Team were Rebekah New and Brogan McIver, both from Sidney, with a GPA of 3.80 or higher. Coach Tim McMahon knows how well these Lady Chargers work to do their best. “These young ladies are very dedicated student athletes on and off the court. They represent the true meaning of “student athlete,” and some of the best that have ever come through Edison State.”
But the story doesn’t end here. Two additional Lady Charger athletes made All Academic Third team with a GPA of 3.6 or higher. Emily Powell of Piqua and Mariah Baker of Springfield helped round out an exemplary group of young, dedicated athletes. Nate Cole, Edison State’s Athletic Director congratulated the Edison State student-athletes on their academic honors. “I am very proud of all of them…this truly shows that the Edison State Athletic Department is doing it right.”
As last season goes into the books as one of the best for Edison State, Cole continues, “Excelling in all areas, winning, having wonderful coaches, recruiting great student-athletes, focusing on academics and sportsmanship…the future for Edison State Athletics is very bright!”
With the upcoming season in flux due to the pandemic, Edison State has been working with the NJCAA in hope of continuing and with another great season. Only time will tell, but we know the Lady Chargers will continue to excel in the classroom even if the athletic season does not go as planned.