BROCKTON, Mass. ---- Lauren Callahan (Bourne) and Rokas Piragis (Brockton) were named the Massasoit Community College Student-Athletes of the Year, announced by the Warriors’ athletic department.
“Juggling the tasks as a student and athlete is not always easy, but both Rokas and Lauren excelled in both areas this past year,” Athletics Director Julie Mulvey said. “The commitment and focus that both Rokas and Lauren showed to their studies and sports is extremely impressive.”
In his first year on the track and field team, Piragis produced both athletically and academically. The Brockton native holds a 3.93 cumulative GPA and was named to the Dean’s List both semesters of the 2014-15 academic year. In the spring, during the track season, Piragis maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Piragis not only hit the books in the classroom, but he rewrote the record books on the track. The sophomore set individual school records in the 400m (51.68) and 800m (2:10.90) races and was a part of the 4x400m record-setting relay team. The Brockton native was also one of four track athletes from Massasoit to compete at the 2015 NJCAA National Championship, placing 13th overall in the 400m race at Mohawk Valley CC in Utica, N.Y.
Callahan was the starting point guard on the women’s basketball team at Massasoit this past winter. The freshman excelled in the classroom, as the two-time Dean’s List member posted a 3.70 cumulative GPA and 3.82 GPA during the spring semester.
On the court, Callahan started in 14 of 16 games for the Warriors, averaging 4.4 points, 4.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. She scored in double figures twice, including a career-high 11 points against Bristol CC on January 8.