TUCSON, AZ - Pima Community College sophomores Kaysee Pilgrim (Goldwater HS) and Murphy Gershman (Tucson Magnet HS) were selected for the annual Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership award recipients on Thursday.
Pilgrim was a jumper on the track & field team and a middle blocker on the volleyball squad this year. She was a two-time NJCAA Indoor National Champion in the high jump and won the NJCAA Outdoor National Championship in the high jump this season. She broke the Pima school record and tied the NJCAA record with a jump of 6-feet, 1¼ inches at the ACCAC Conference meet in April. For her track & field career, she won three national championships in the high jump and was awarded NJCAA All-American status four times. She signed her national letter of intent today to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV).
In the fall, Pilgrim helped lead the volleyball team to a second place finish at the Region I, Division II tournament. It was the program's best finish at regionals. She was named an Honorable Mention All-American.
Gershman, a forward/center on the men's basketball team, was named second-team NJCAA All-American as well as first-team All-ACCAC and first-team All-Region Division II. Gershman averaged 24.4 points and 12.0 rebounds per game this season. He had 40 double-doubles in his two years at Pima; 20 each season. He signed his national letter of intent in November to play at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.