NJCAA All-Academic Team Nominations

Baseball and softball teams nominated; 17 individual athletes nominated

Dakota County Technical College has submitted nominations for 2019–2020 NJCAA All-Academic Awards for teams and individual players. The DCTC Blue Knights Baseball team (Average GPA 3.20) and Blue Knights Softball team (Average GPA 3.14) have been nominated for NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Awards.

Seventeen Blue Knights softball, volleyball, soccer and baseball players have been nominated for NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards.

Individual Nominations

(2019–2020 Academic year ONLY, excluding remedial)

Minimum 3.6 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale

  • NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80 to 3.99 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60 to 3.79 GPA on a 4.00 scale

Teams Nominated

Blue Knights Softball

Average GPA 3.14

Blue Knights Baseball

Average GPA 3.20

Individual Players Nominated

Blue Knights Softball

Elizabeth Lehrer GPA 4.0

#10 Position: C/UTL Little Chute, Wisconsin

Bella Ciccarelli GPA 4.0

#9 Position: OF/UTL Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Note: Bella also plays Blue Knights soccer

Haily Dabrowski GPA 3.86

#2 Position: 2B Moundsview, Minnesota

Note: Haily also played Blue Knights volleyball

Mackenna Johnson GPA 3.73

#1 Position: 1B/OF Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Note: Mackenna also played Blue Knights volleyball

Payton Trombley GPA 3.72

#12 Position: OF/1B Watertown, Minnesota

Blue Knights Volleyball

Anika Weber GPA 3.81

#6 Position: S/OPP Lakeville, Minnesota

Sammie Kling GPA 3.66

#7 Position: DS Plymouth, Minnesota

Blue Knights Women’s Soccer

Brenda Vargas-Herrera GPA 3.78

#13 Position: M Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

History of the NJCAA¹

The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.

On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.

The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association’s website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA’s rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.


Blue Knights Baseball

Tommy Blackstone GPA 4.0

#20 Position: UT Monticello, Minnesota

Caleb Ditmarson GPA 3.87

#17 Position: P/UT Wilmar, Minnesota

Riley Pederson GPA 3.89

#27 Position: UT Park Center, Minnesota

Brady Klehr GPA 3.68

#18 Position: OF/P Richmond, Minnesota

Ben Goelz GPA 3.90

#13 Position: OF/P Maple Lake, Minnesota

Mitch Goodwin GPA 3.86

#15 Position: IF Prior Lake, Minnesota

Ben Simonsen GPA 3.72

#44 Position: P/1B Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sam Adelman GPA 3.87

#34 Position: OF/P Graceville, Minnesota

Teddy Tauer GPA 3.64

#24 Position: P Red Wing, Minnesota

Learn more about NJCAA athletics at DCTC by visiting GoBlueKnights.com or contacting:

Marki Struensee
Athletic Coordinator & Academic and Financial Aid Advisor

¹ Courtesy of NJCAA