Winter sports season closes with two NJCAA All-Americans

Winter sports season closes with two NJCAA All-Americans

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus State Community College Cougars were honored with a total of two All-American awards for its winter sports seasons. One women's basketball player and one men's basketball player received this prestigious distinction.

CARLI CODNER-PINTO

Sophomore point guard Carli Codner-Pinto was named Third Team All-American for her stellar year on the court for the Cougars. She was named National Player of the Week twice, Conference Player of the Week twice, and Region XII DIII Player of the Year.

Leading Columbus State to a regional championship and district runner-up finish, Codner-Pinto completed this season as 12th in the country in points per game (21.9) in addition to being the conference's leading scorer. Codner-Pinto concluded her Columbus State career with a two-year total of 1,094 points (school record), 185 rebounds, 191 assists, and 104 steals.

The Columbus, Ohio native is the daughter of Karla Codner and Russell Pinto. She is the first women's basketball player in school history to receive athletic All-American honors.

RODNEY WILLIS

Sophomore guard/forward Rodney Willis was named Third-Team All-American for his solid performances throughout the season.  He was named National Player of the Week twice, Conference Player of the Week four times, and First-Team All-Conference.

Leading the Cougars to a regional runner-up finish this year, Willis accumulated 743 total points, 289 rebounds, 106 assists, 74 steals, and 22 blocks over his two-year career.

The Columbus, Ohio native is the son of Pattie Willis. He is the fifth men's basketball player in school history to receive athletic All-American honors.