The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has named the inaugural MCAC Fall Elite ’17 Team, which consists of the top performing student-athletes which excel both in the classroom and in the competitive arena. CLC’s own Paige Wallevand was named to this MCAC Fall Elite ’17 Team.
A new conference initiative this academic year, MCAC Elite Teams are comprised of student-athletes who earned All-Academic Conference status during their sport season, as well as earning distinction as an All-Division, All-Conference, All-State or NJCAA recognition. Each Elite team is designed by the year in which the competitive season and academic semester for which the team member earned All-Academic status. For the fall of 2017, MCAC student-athletes from volleyball, football, soccer and golf teams vie for placement on the MCAC Fall Elite ’17 team. Student-athletes who compete in basketball, wrestling, softball and baseball and meet award criteria will earn MCAC Spring Elite ’18 designation.
The inaugural MCAC Elite student-athletes for Fall, 2017, are listed in alphabetical order by college and are grouped by sport. All team members have earned MCAC All-Academic status; their individual sport recognition is also listed.
Of particular note are six MCAC athletes which were named both to an NJCAA All-America teams this past fall while also succeeding in the classroom, earning MCAC All-Academic honors. Those athlete are: Paige Wallevand (Volleyball, Central Lakes College); James Newman (Football, Dakota College-Bottineau); Shantel Verbout (Volleyball, Northland CTC); Malik Williams (Football, Northland CTC); Cami Sletta (Volleyball, Ridgewater College) and Kalie Jergens (Volleyball, St. Cloud Technical & Community College).