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Three Skipjacks named to all-academic squad
Wright, Staton, Karwacki honored by Maryland JuCo for classroom work

Jordan Wright and Rich Bulman
Jordan Wright was presented with a certificate honoring her inclusion on the NFCA all-American women’s softball team last Thursday by Chesapeake College Board of Trustees Chair Richard B. Bulman. Wright, a North Dorchester High graduate, was recently named to the Maryland JuCo Freshman All-Academic Team along with Chesapeake baseball players Ryan Staton and Rob Karwacki. (Photo by Marcie Molloy)
Rob Karwacki Ryan Staton
Rob Karwaki Ryan Staton

Chesapeake College freshmen Jordan Wright and Ryan Staton, two of the top Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference athletes in their respective sports, have also been recognized as two of the state’s top scholar athletes.

Wright and Staton – selected for the all-conference first team in softball and baseball, respectively – were among three Skipjacks named to the Maryland JuCo Freshman All-Academic Team. Chesapeake baseball player Rob Karwacki joined them on the team, which requires a minimum 3.6 grade-point average.

Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski said the honors illustrate the players’ and the college’s commitment to emphasizing academics as well as athletics with its student athletes.

"Our student athletes’ most important achievements are those that take place in the classroom," said Szymanski. "Jordan, Ryan and Rob made the huge time commitment it takes to play intercollegiate athletics and still achieved at the highest levels in the classroom, and we’re all very proud of their accomplishments."

Wright, a North Dorchester High graduate, was a first-team all-state and all-region selection who helped lead Chesapeake to its first Region XX softball title in 28 years this spring. She was also selected a second-team all-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The pitcher/outfielder finished fourth in the NJCAA Division II in hitting (.525) and 15th in stolen bases (29 of 30) as the Skipjacks won a school-record 23 games.

Wright led the Maryland JuCo in stolen bases and hits while also compiling a 10-5 record with a state-best three saves. She hit .429 in the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Staton (Cardinal Gibbons/Baltimore, MD) had a 5-0 record with a 2.72 earned-run average, led the conference in saves with nine, and was among the top 10 pitchers in ERA. Like Wright, Staton was both first team all-state and all-region. Karwacki (Sparrows Point/Sparrows Point, MD) posted a 3-0 record with 3.28 ERA.

"Ryan was able to come into games in tight situations and either hold the lead or give us a chance to come back and win," said Szymanski, who is also the college’s baseball coach. "Rob did a nice job in relief and as a spot starter. His strength was in getting left-handed hitters out."

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