6.19.2015 | Women's Soccer
Rowan College at Burlington County student athletes earn national recognition for academic achievement by National Association
Pemberton, New Jersey –Three Rowan College at Burlington County student athletes, and the entire Lady Barons Soccer team received awards by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in recognition of their academic achievements.
“Our student athletes are dedicated to putting their best foot forward on the field, in the community and in the classroom,” said Rowan College at Burlington County Director of Athletics Heather Conger. “Despite multiple commitments and hectic schedules, our athletes have the access to the resources they need to succeed at the college, and they support each other like a family to achieve their goals academically.”
With one of the best GPAs in their sport, the women’s soccer team earned an honorable mention in the NJCAA 2014-2015 Academic Teams of the Year category. They had an overall 3.21 GPA. To be eligible for the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year accolades, teams needed to have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the year. This is the second team award that women’s soccer has snagged this year, earning the Sportsmanship Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Ethics Committee in the beginning of 2015, which is based on the number of penalty cards a team receives during their regular season and playoff games. The Lady Barons had no red cards and only two yellow cards to earn a silver-level sportsmanship award.
“The Lady Barons had a great season, earning top seed in the Region XIX tournament and a perfect record against their conference, but their sportsmanship and academic awards give much deserved recognition to qualities that are most important to our student athletes—their incredible character and commitment to learning,” said Rowan College at Burlington County Women’s Soccer Head Coach Kathleen DeLitta. “We couldn’t be more proud.”
Individual student athletes picking up awards included men’s baseball player, Dante Key, of Eastampton, and women’s soccer player Catherine Miller, of Shamong, who received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. To achieve this award, student athletes needed to have between a 3.60 and 3.79 GPA. Men’s soccer player Michael Ribeiro, of Delran, took home the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement, given to those who carry between a 3.80 and 3.99 GPA.
“These Rowan College at Burlington County student athletes represent a great source of pride for the college. Not only are they gifted athletically and academically, but they serve others and lead by example,” said Rowan College at Burlington County President Paul Drayton. “I know they will go on to accomplish great things and I’m excited to celebrate even more achievements when we will officially take the field as Rowan College at Burlington County this fall.”
2.23.2015 | Women's Soccer
Lady Baron Amber Mears is Woman of the Year
Pemberton, New Jersey – Burlington County College (BCC) Lady Baron Amber Mears was recently honored as the institution’s “Woman of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
Mears, a two-year starter and defender on the women’s soccer team, helped the team achieve a 12-5 record, including a perfect 6-0 in its division last year, while winning the Garden State Athletic Conference. Mears distinguished, earning First Team All-Region and Second Team All-Conference honors.
“Amber embodies the student athlete at Burlington County College combining athletic and academic excellence with a strong commitment to community service,” Head Coach Kathe DeLitta said. “She is a leader on the field, in her studies and among women student athletes.”
The “Woman of the Year” honor is awarded every February to mark the National Girls and Women in Sport Day, which celebrates the athletic achievements of women and the value of sports participation among women who continue to struggle for equality in sports.
Mears, a graduate of Pemberton Township High School, earned straight A’s last semester and has a cumulative 3.4 GPA at BCC. She currently attends Stockton University (formerly the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey) and plans to officially graduate from BCC this spring.
“This is a great honor that caps off my experience at Burlington County College,” Mears said. “I have been blessed with fantastic teammates, coaches and instructors at Burlington County College. This award reflects all the support they have given me as I achieved my academic and athletic goals.”
Mears was officially honored on Feb. 1 at the halftime of a Seton Hall basketball game. The award is based on athletic excellence, academic success and community service.
Pictured: Burlington County College women’s soccer player Amber Mears (left) was congratulated by Head Coach Kathe DeLitta at the 23rd annual New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day awards luncheon at Seton Hall University where Mears was honored as BCC’s “Woman of the Year.”
2.5.2015 | Men's Basketball
Men's Basketball Player Scores 1,000th Point
Burlington County College (BCC) Baron Louie Baltazar – one of the nation’s leading scorers – has reached the 1,000 point milestone in his sophomore season at BCC.
Baltazar, 21, originally from the Bronx, New York, who now lives in Lumberton, ranks second in the country with 25.0 points per game in the National Junior College Athletic Association in games through Jan. 29. He leads the country with a 63.5 three-point percentage. The guard notched his 1,000th point on Thursday, Jan. 29 at Harcum College.
“Louie has been a bright point for our team the past two seasons,” said Head Coach Keith M. Crump. “He brings tremendous energy to the court every game and he has a lot of success ahead of him at Burlington County College and after he graduates and transfers to a four-year college.”
Baltazar chose BCC for its athletic and academic programs. As part of the college’s initial First Year Initiative – designed to help first-year students succeed at the collegiate level – Baltazar has done well in his studies as well as on the court.
“Burlington County College has provided me all the resources and opportunities to succeed,” Baltazar said. “Scoring 1,000 points cannot be accomplished alone. I have been fortunate to have great support from my teammates, coaches, instructors and staff at BCC.”
Baltazar has received interest from several four-year institutions but has not decided on his plans beyond the spring semester at BCC.
“Burlington County College is very supportive of our student athletes as part of our effort to provide the full collegiate experience that blends high-quality academic programs with meaningful extracurricular activities,” BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang said. “We commend Louie on his impressive accomplishment and look forward to his future success both at Burlington County College and wherever his educational journey takes him.”
1.12.2015 | Women's Soccer
Burlington County College women's soccer team recognized for sportsmanship
Pemberton, New Jersey—Burlington County College's (BCC) women's soccer team recently received the Sportsmanship Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Ethics Committee.
"We play with respect," said Kathleen DeLitta, head coach of the women's soccer team. "We respect the officials, the crowd, our teammates, our school, the coaching staff, the opponent and the game."
The award is based on the number of cards a team receives during their regular season and playoff games. The Lady Barons had no red cards and only two yellow cards to earn a silver-level sportsmanship award.
DeLitta said the importance of team ethics and sportsmanship are stressed both on and off the field from the very beginning, when players are recruited, through their entire season.
"The team is really like a family. They realize as a team they face many of the same struggles and have common goals," she said. "The team also bonds off the soccer field and volunteers their time to improve the community we call home."
The women's soccer team led the effort to collect cookies for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst's Operation Cookie Drop, a community service project that distributes cookies to dorm residents and troops mobilizing and demobilizing at the Joint Base during the holidays. Their work yielded approximately 1,000 cookies for the servicemembers.
The Lady Barons, along with their fellow student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff, contributed to the college's Food and Toy Drive to provide food baskets to local families and brighten the holidays for children in need.
"I commend the women's soccer team for their admirable contributions, sportsmanship and service to others," said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. "Their exceptional performance both on and off the field exemplifies the character of all our students, faculty and staff, and helps Burlington County College enrich the quality of life in our communities."
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