• St. Johns River State College athletes Brooklynn Basile and Daryl Kilfoyl were announced as the top student-athletes this year. In the picture, from left, are SJRSC president Joe Pickens, SJRSC athletic director and baseball coach Ross Jones, softball coach Marti Littlefield, Basile, Kilfoyl and assistant athletic director John R. Theobold. (Submitted photo to the Daily News)

Showing Their Smarts

Basile, Kilfoyl show their leadership as top students in St. Johns classroom

One athlete is moving on to a career in nursing. Another is moving on to continue his baseball career after an All-American academic year.

Earlier this week, St. Johns River State College announced Brooklynn Basile, a utility softball player, and Darin Kilfoyl, a baseball pitcher, were named as the top student-athletes at the school this past year.

“These two young student-athletes have never had any problems in their time here,” St. Johns River State athletic director and baseball coach Ross Jones said. “As student-athletes, they are the cream of the crop that everyone in the faculty loves.”

Though Basile had a home run and seven RBI with six runs scored, the Brandon resident and Tampa Riverview High graduate maintained a 4.0 grade point average during the last three semesters at St. Johns River. Basile plans to remain at the college and enroll in the nursing program, while continuing with the Viking softball program as a team manager in coach Marti Littlefield’s second season as head coach. Basile aspires to become a pediatric nurse as she loves children and helping others.

Kilfoyl, a Land O’Lakes resident and graduate of Academy At the Lakes, had a 2.57 earned run average in seven outings for the Vikings this spring, walking 13 and striking out 16 in 21 innings. However, Kilfoyl lost two-thirds of his sophomore season when he broke his wrist.

“Darin was doing a workout pulling a weighted sled, where he pushes it forward then pulling it back,” Jones said. “He fell backward on it and trying to catch himself, he fell on on his wrist and broke it. The doctor put a screw i nit, but we lost him for a good two-thirds of a season.”

The 6-foot-7 Kilfoyl will study civil engineering at the University of North Florida. In his two years at the at SJR State, Kilfoyl was selected for the Mid-Florida Conference All-Academic baseball team, the FCSAA All-Academic baseball team and an NJCAA first-team academic all-American. In his sophomore season, Kilfoyl was named the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship honoree for his exemplary work ethic, leadership and performance both on the field and in the classroom. Kilfoyl was also named to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and indcuted into the SJR State Hall of Fame.

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