ESU Softball #2 in NFCA All-Academic Team Standings

December 12, 2007--As the fall 2007 finals week continues at Emporia State, the Hornet softball team has been recognized as the #2 team in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Academic team for their success in the classroom during the 2006-07 school year.
It is the second straight year the Hornets have been ranked #2 in the NFCA Academic standings. ESU had a 3.631 team GPA in the classroom and was 50-12 on the field last season. The Hornets were second by .002 to Grand Canyon University and were one of four teams to appear in the final 2007 NFCA Top 25 and the among the top 25 All-Academic teams.
Along with the team award, 13 Hornets were recognized as NFCA Scholar Athletes. Miranda Campbell, Jennifer Dace, Megan Davison, Megan Grisell, April Huddleston, Linda Ketter, Laura Pfautsch, Courtney Reed, Samantha Sheeley, Courtney Stevens, Melissa Swager, Morgan Viola, and Jessie Wiard were recognized for holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.

A total of 61 schools made the 3.00 cut-off for the All-Academic Team Award. ESU led four MIAA schools in the top 25.

NFCA All-Academic Teams/NCAA Division II School Head Coach GPA
1 Grand Canyon Ann Pedersen 3.633
2 EMPORIA STATE KRISTI BREDBENNER 3.631 (Ranked #11 in final 2007 NFCA Top 25)
3 Lewis University George DiMatteo 3.570
4 Grand Valley State Doug Woods 3.507 (Ranked #14 in final 2007 NFCA Top 25)
5 C.W. Post - LIU Jamie Apicella 3.490 (Ranked #8 in final 2007 NFCA Top 25)
6 Arkansas-Monticello Alvy Early 3.480
7 Barry University Danielle Penner 3.479 (Ranked #16 in final 2007 NFCA Top 25)
7 Wilmington College Erin Harvey 3.479
9 Valdosta State Thomas Macera 3.471
10 Francis Marion Stacey Vallee 3.470
11 Lynn University Cherene Castillo 3.446
12 Bentley College Michele DeGregoris 3.432
13 Caldwell College Dean Johnson 3.410
14 Wheeling Jesuit Stacey Schramm 3.400
15 Central Missouri Susan Anderson 3.398
16 Minnesota, Duluth Jennifer Banford 3.388
17 Missouri Western State Jennifer Bagley 3.383
18 UC-San Diego Patti Gerckens 3.357
19 Regis University Dana Lillard 3.347
20 Adelphi University Paige Smith 3.345 (Ranked #24 in final 2007 NFCA Top 25)
21 Missouri Southern State Aron Potter 3.330
22 Newberry College Joe Elston 3.323
23 West Chester Diane Lokey 3.311
24 Minnesota State Lori Meyer 3.306
25 California (PA) Rick Bertagnolli 3.304
OTHERS ABOVE 3.00: Dixie State,Limestone, Wingate, Delta State, Molloy, Findlay, Pace, Rockhurst, Wayne State (Mich.), West Liberty State, Colorado - Colorado Springs, Bellarmine, Augustana College, Rollins, Saint Leo, Central Oklahoma, Missouri-Rolla, Ferris State, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Nova Southeastern, Nebraska-Omaha, Mount Olive, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Catawba, Abilene Christian, Henderson State, Southern Indiana, Seattle, Northern Kentucky, Florida Southern, Tusculum, Georgian Court, West Texas A&M, Hawaii-Hilo, St. Cloud State, Mesa State.

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