Focus on Sports
Jacks Connolly, Morse are Academic All-Americans

Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two Chesapeake College student athletes – softball player Katie Connolly and baseball player Ryan (R.J.) Morse – have been selected for the 2006 NJCAA All-Academic Team.

The list, recently released by the NJCAA´s national office, included Connolly and Morse as Distinguished Academic All-Americans. That designation is the highest academic honor bestowed by the organization, for those students with 3.8 quality-point averages or higher.

This marks the third straight year the Skipjacks have had at least one student athlete named to the NJCAA Academic All-American squad. Cyril Djoukeng was a Distinguished Academic All-American in 2004, as was Sharon Germann in 2005.

Chesapeake is one of five Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference institutions to have multiple Academic All-Americans this year, and one of four to have multiple Distinguished Academic All-Americans.

"This is quite an honor, both for Katie and R.J. and for the college as a whole," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "We put tremendous emphasis on academic achievement, and we really celebrate what our student athletes are accomplishing in the classroom."

Morse is a two-time Region XX All-Academic team member while Connolly was selected for regional all-academic honors this year. Seven Skipjacks have made the Region XX All-Academic team in the past three years.

Connolly, a Queen Anne´s County High School graduate who was the fourth-leading hitter in Maryland JuCo this spring with a .526 batting average, finished her Chesapeake College career with a perfect 4.0 quality-point average. She plans to study Sports Management at the University of California in Pennsylvania.

Morse, who graduated from Catoctin High School in Frederick County, had a 3.88 quality-point average and finished his Skipjack baseball career with a 7-1 pitching record. He plans to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the fall to pursue a computer graphics web design program.

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