LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thirty-six student-athletes from 22 programs have garnered 2023 NFCA National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I All-America honors, announced on Friday afternoon.
Odessa College, who finished third nationally, led the way with five All-Americans, four on the first team. Indian Hills Community College followed with four All-Americans (one first team). Three-time national champion Florida SouthWestern State College took home three plaudits, all on the first team.
Five programs – College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Arizona College, Grayson College, Pensacola State College and Seminole State College of Florida – each had two honorees. Out of the previously-mentioned quintet, Seminole State had one first teamer.
Four student-athletes – Georgia Hood (First Base) of Pensacola State, Feline Poot (Shortstop) of FSW, Ariel Gomez (Outfield) of Odessa and Gaston College’s Brantleigh Parrott (Utility/Pitcher) - were unanimous selections on the first team.
With the unanimous selection, Parrott is the inaugural Joan Joyce Utility/Pitcher award winner for NJCAA Division I. The renaming of the first-team Utility/Pitcher award honors the late Joan Joyce, an NFCA Hall of Famer, unparalleled two-way player, and pioneer of women’s sports.
Poot corrals her third All-America accolade, she earned a pair of second-team selections in 2021 and 2022.
Hood also receives her second straight first-team plaudit, along with College of Southern Nevada’s Destiny Lewis (Second Base). Also picking up All-America honors for the second consecutive season is first baseman Sydney Anderson (second team) of Indian Hills, who garnered first-team accolades in 2022.
NFCA All-Region and All-America athletes must be nominated by their NFCA-member head coach, are voted for by the coaches in their region or division, and ultimately selected by elected NJCAA Division I All-American committee members to receive this prestigious accolade. All special awards are also selected by the All-American committee members or by the entire division.
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