Sophomores Nick Raeker (Men's Basketball) and Chloe Callahan (Volleyball & Softball) were named the Athletes of the Year. The award, which is named after former Athletic Director John Haller, is awarded to a Male and Female Sophomore Student Athletes who best exemplifies the qualities of a Cyclone: Superior Competitor, Quality Student, and Outstanding Citizen.
Raeker, a two year starter for the Men's Basketball team, was the floor leader for the Cyclones helping them to two Region 13 qualifying teams. Raeker lead the team in assists averaging 5.0 per game. During his tenure, the Cyclones won 40 games a program record. He helped the Cyclones earn a National Ranking in the top 10 (#6). Nick leaves SCTCC with 4 program records:
- Assists in a Season – 131 (5.0/game)
- Free Throw Percentage in a game (9/9 vs Ridgewater)
- 3 point field goals made in a game – 6 (vs CLC in the Region Tourney)
- Career steals - 105
Nick earned his Associate in Arts Degree in Spring 2017.
"Nick represented the Cyclones with a high level of competitiveness on the floor, and was a leader in our program for 2 seasons. He was respected by many coaches in the MCAC for his fiery demeanor and steady ability as a point guard. He helped lead the program to our first back-to-back appearances in the Region 13 tournament. In my opinion, Nick displayed many qualities that Haller wanted out of the student-athletes here at SCTCC. He was highly competitive in game situations, represented our program well in the classroom and in the community."- Andy Cone, Head Men's Basketball Coach
Chloe Callahan has been a part of 4 region qualifying teams including two teams who qualfiied for the National Tournament. Callahan was a First Team All-American in Softball during her Freshman season. She is a 3 time MCAC All Academic Team member and will be nominated for Academic Achievements at the NJCAA level this spring. In Volleyball, Chloe earned All Division Honors in 2016 and helped the Cyclones to a NJCAA Region 13 tournament. On the Softball field, Callahan will be the most decorated Female Athlete in SCTCC History. She helped the Cyclones win 82 games in two years (82-22 overall).
Chloe earned her Associate in Arts Degree in Spring 2017 and will begin her degree in Surgical Technician at SCTCC in the Fall.
"The Best part about Chloe is she is a better person than all her accomplishments combined, and thats important to her!"- Greg Thorstad, Head Softball Coach