FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Takes National Spotlight

FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Takes National Spotlight

Four student-athletes from FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 took home Player of the Week honors on  for the week running January 29 through February 7.

Jess Delawder from Florida State College at Jacksonville was named DI NJCAA Softball Player of the Week while the College of Central Florida's Kalen McGill was named DI NJCAA Softball Pitcher of the Week. Tallahassee Community College's Craig Olson was named NJCAA DI Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Lastly, Eastern Florida College’s C.J. Jackson was named NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. 

Delawder, a sophomore second baseman from Farmington, Connecticut, batted .600 (15-for-25) with nine runs scored, four doubles, two home runs (1.000 slugging percentage) and 16 RBIs in eight games during the voting period, leading FSCJ to a 7-1 record on the week. She hit safely (five multi-hit games) and drove in a run (seven multi-RBI games) in all eight games, going 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in a win vs. NJCAA (DII) No. 8 Illinois Central and 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs in a win vs. NJCAA No. 12 Wallace State-Hanceville. She was 8-for-10 with four runs scored and six RBIs over her final three games all on February 6. 

McGill, a sophomore right-hander from Gainesville, Florida, Kalen went 4-0, with a 0.00 ERA, 20 innings pitched, 1 unearned run, 6 hits, 0 walks, and 18 strikeouts in four games during the voting period. She pitched complete-game victories vs. NJCAA No. 10 Odessa (2 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts) and Region 8 No. 5 Tallahassee (4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 5 strikeouts). She pitched three innings against both Georgia Highlands and Region 8 No. 8 Polk State, allowing a combined one hit with eight strikeouts. Great job, Kalen!

Olson, a sophomore left-hander from Wilton Manors, Florida, went 2-0, with 0.00 ERA, 14 innings pitched, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts in two games during the voting period. He threw consecutive (seven inning) complete-game two-hit shutouts vs. NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley and East Georgia State, came within two outs of a no-hitter in the Eagles’ 5-0 win vs. Chattahoochee Valley, and went the distance in a 1-0 victory over East Georgia State, the Eagles’ eighth straight win to start the season. 

Jackson, a freshman Guard from Charlotte, North Carolina, averaged 30.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in two games during the voting period. He shot 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the field, 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the three-point line and 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the free throw line, leading Eastern Florida State College to a 2-0 record on the week, including its third victory over nationally-ranked Palm Beach State College, and the school’s fourth straight Southern Conference Championship. C.J. tallied 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals in a win over Miami Dade College and then hit eight three-pointers on the way to 39 points in the overtime win at Palm Beach State.