SJR State announces student athletes of year
St. Johns River State College baseball pitcher Heston Mosley and volleyball libero Dariana Luna were recently announced as the College’s 2021 Student Athletes of the Year.
Mosley graduated with a 3.91 GPA and was the 2021 recipient of the John Tindall Memorial Scholarship and a 2021 First Team All-Mid Florida Conference pitcher named to the Mid-Florida Conference All-Academic Team and the FCSAA All-Academic Team. He has signed with Jacksonville University, where he will continue his education with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. “As a player, I always try to understand my body and how to make it move better, so exercise science was perfect for me,” said Mosley.
Mosley’s most recent stats include 62 innings with 62 strikeouts and a 2.63 ERA. He also threw a complete game in the conference tournament.
Mosley said, “Baseball is such a difficult game that can never be perfected; however, I love going out there and doing everything I can to put the team in a winning position. It has been a blessing to play at SJR State. I feel like I have so much support and people willing to lend a hand. The atmosphere in Palatka is all about baseball, and there are always die-hard fans.”
According to baseball coach Ross Jones, "Heston is the perfect example of what we ask all of our student-athletes to strive to be - great work ethic, highly principled and first class. Heston's successes on the field and in the classroom are a direct result of his character."
In 10 years, Mosley hopes to still be playing baseball or working as a pitching trainer and physical therapist.
Luna, who is from Caracus, Venezuela and attended high school in Davie, Florida, considers being a libero one of the most difficult volleyball positions, and that’s precisely what she enjoys most about it. “It challenges you at every point, in every game and requires a lot of concentration and mental strength. There is no giving up being a libero,” said Luna.
She was also named Student Athlete of the Year in 2020 and has led her team in total digs (328), digs per set (4.82) and was second on the team in total aces (24) and aces per set (.35). Additionally, she played in the top pair position for beach games with a 6-2 record. Luna was also named to the 2020 First Team Academic All-Conference, the First Team Academic All State, the Second Team Academic All American, the First Team All-Sun Lakes Conference, and then the First Team All-Region this past season.
According to volleyball coach Matthew Cohen, “Dariana has been a leader for the indoor and beach volleyball teams the past two years. Her work ethic is unmatched in the gym, the weight room and, most importantly, the classroom.”
Luna will return to SJR State for the fall 2021 season and said that playing for the Vikings is one of the best things that has happened to her. “Since we are a small school and team, we get to know each other better, so I consider my team as my second family. We always challenge, support and make each other accountable. Our coaches really do a good job by looking for ways to make our team improve, both as a player and as a person.”
SJR State athletics, based on the Palatka campus, include women’s volleyball, women’s fastpitch softball and men’s baseball. For more information, visit SJRvikings.com.
St. Johns River State College baseball pitcher Heston Mosley and volleyball libero Dariana Luna were recently announced as the College’s 2021 Student Athletes of the Year. From left, SJR State President Joe Pickens, Heston Mosley, head baseball coach Ross Jones, Dariana Luna and SJR State Vice President for Student Affairs Gilbert Evans.
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