HANCEVILLE — Wallace State’s men’s basketball team is tops in the classroom for the second consecutive year among its counterparts in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The Lions compiled a cumulative 3.60 grade-point average during the 2018-19 academic year, finishing with the highest GPA among all men’s basketball teams in the nation.

Men’s basketball was among four Wallace State sports recognized this week as NJCAA honorable mention teams for earning a 3.0 GPA or better as a group.

Wallace State’s volleyball team was tops in the conference with a 3.55 GPA. Wallace State volleyball, which has won 10 straight ACCC Tournament championships, is coached by Randy Daniel.

Wallace State’s softball team registered a 3.50 GPA, which was also the best mark among its conference opponents.

Individual NJCAA academic achievements were also unveiled this week.

Wallace State had 48 student-athletes earn NJCAA All-Academic recognition, including 15 on the NJCAA All-Academic First Team with a 4.0 GPA. Volleyball had five players to make the first team and baseball had four.

Wallace State student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs included volleyball’s Karlee Hale of Geraldine.

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team members finished the academic year with a GPA between 3.60-3.79. Wallace State student-athletes earning that status included softball’s Meagan Schwieterman of Guntersville.

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