Nancy Evans of Arizona Named to GTE Academic All-America SoftballTeam; Standout Pitcher won 36 Games for College World Series Finalists

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STAMFORD, Conn. - - Pitcher Nancy Evans of the University of Arizona, a first team All-American who led her team to the championship game of the College World Series, is among the student-athletes named to the GTE Academic All-America Softball Team announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A senior from Glendale, Calif., Evans finished the season with a 36-2 record and a 0.98 earned run average with 255 strikeouts in 241 innings. She also had three no-hitters, 20 shutouts and batted .366 with seven home runs and 42 runs batted in, helping her team to the College World Series title game, where they lost 1-0 to Fresno State. Evans, named the University Division's GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year, is a psychology major with a 3.22 Grade Point Average (GPA).

College World Series participant Traci Conrad of Michigan, a senior infielder from Frankfort, Ill., also made the first team (3.42/sports management/communications) while earning All-America honors.

Two players from the College Division had perfect 4.00 GPA's -- catcher Julie Cobb of Central Missouri St. (occupational safety & health), a junior from Rosemount, Minn.; and infielder Molly Carr of Indiana (Pa.) (education), a junior from St. Mary's, Pa. Pitcher Kelly Schade of Simpson (3.92/economics) was named Team Member of the Year. Schade is a junior from Osceola, Iowa.

The GTE Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon on the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America teams since 1952.

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Following is a complete list of the GTE Academic All-America Softball Teams in the University and College Divisions:


First Team

P-Nancy Evans***ArizonaSr.Glendale, Calif.3.22/Psychology
P-Sara UnrueButler Sr.Bremen, Ind.3.60/Journalism
C-Christy BurgeSouthern UtahJr.Riverton, Utah3.85/Computer Info. Systems
IF-Nikki CockrellTexasJr.Pasadena, Texas 3.50/Sports Management
IF-Traci Conrad MichiganJr.Frankfort, Ill.3.42/Sports Mgmt./Commun.
IF-Yvette HealyDePaulJr.Orland Park, Ill.3.72/Communications
IF-Isonette PoloniusEast CarolinaJr.Curacao, Neth. Antilles3.87/Business Management
OF- Amy DoyleBall St.Jr.St. Louis, Mo.3.72/Secondary Ed. & History
OF-Emily Peters Wichita St.Sr.Wichita, Kan.3.43/Health Services
OF-Jenny SchoenPurdueSr.Carmel, Ind.3.72/Sociology
DH-Jodi RamirezTennessee Sr.Sacramento, Calif.3.93/Early Childhood Education

Second Team

P-Christine EngelhardtSoutheast Missouri St.Jr.Pinckneyville, Ill.3.95/Elementary Education
P-Lana Moran Oklahoma Soph.San Bernardino, Calif.3.93/University Studies
C-Margaret HollisMichigan St.Soph.Anaheim, Calif.3.98/Microbiology
IF-Heidi GeierCreightonJr.Omaha, Neb.3.90/Journalism
IF-Michelle MeadowsVirginia TechSoph.Richmond, Va.3.97/Science of Food, Nutrition & Exercise/Pre-Med.
IF-Jennifer OermannSoutheast Missouri St.Jr.St. Clair, Mo.3.78/Special Education
IF-Karen StewartDePaulJr.Prospect Heights, Ill.3.70/Actuarial Business
OF-Carin BouchardWisconsinJr.Green Bay, Wis.3.97/Zoology
OF-Jennifer DerouinFairfieldSr.Waterbury, Conn.3.71/Management
OF-Kristin SandlerFloridaJr.Copper City, Fla.3.74/Physical Therapy
DH-Paige EnglandLouisiana TechJr.Pender, Texas3.70/Fitness & Wellness Mgmt.

Third Team

P-Michelle JohnsonVirginia TechSr.Surrey, British Columbia3.83/Health & Physical Ed.
P-Krysta PidstawskiDelawareJr.Allentown, Pa.3.75/Finance/Economics
C-Jenny SmithNebraskaSr.Fort Collins, Colo.3.45/Hum. Resources/Advertising
IF-Tracey DrechselAustin PeaySr.Crete, Ill.3.55/Business Finance
IF-Tiffany HowardNorth Carolina-CharlotteSr.Mt. Pleasant, S.C.4.00/International Business
IF-Tammy PytelNorthern IllinoisSr.Berwyn, Ill.3.70/Industrial Engineering
IF-Paula WorkmanTexas TechSoph.Spicewood, Texas4.00/Dietetics
OF-Tammy MikaMichiganJr.Brighton, Mich.3.32/Biology
OF-Laura ReddingCal. St. NorthridgeSr.Sacramento, Calif.3.22/Child Development
OF-Stephanie VaglicaMississippiJr.Tampa, Fla.3.93/Accounting
DH-Amber HeglandMinnesotaSr.Farmington, Minn.3.20/Kinesiology

***GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division


First Team

P-Laura Hering Wisconsin-WhitewaterJr.Whitewater, Wis.3.87/Sociology
P-Kelly Schade***SimpsonJr.Osceola, Iowa3.92/Economics
C-Julie Cobb Central Missouri St. Jr.Rosemount, Minn.4.00/Occupational Safety & Health
IF-Molly Carr Indiana (Pa.)Jr.St. Marys, Pa.4.00/Education
IF-Paige KrulRollins Sr.Poway, Calif.3.95/Spanish
IF-Tara Ringler Ashland Sr.Nova, Ohio 3.98/Elementary Education
IF-Andi Royster Buena Vista Sr.Duncombe, Iowa 3.89/English
OF-Tricia HoffmanMisericordia Sr.Elysburg, Pa.3.70/History & Secondary Ed.
OF-Heather ParkerMount Olive Sr.Stafford, Va. 3.66/Recreation & Leisure Studies
OF-Sarah SchmitzNorth Dakota St.Jr.Cambridge, Minn.3.80/Industrial Engineering
DH-Margo McGowanIthacaSr.Oxford, N.Y.3.58/Health & Physical Education

Second Team

P-Shauna KoolhaasCalvinSr.Escondido, Calif.3.69/Secondary Ed. & Spanish
P- Andrea ScottOklahoma CityJr.Claremore, Okla.3.93/Public Relations
C-Carrie McVickerJohn CarrollSr.Toledo, Ohio3.92/Elementary Education
IF-Julie BackofWestern MarylandSr.Westminster, Md.3.32/Biology
IF-Stephanie CarewChapmanJr.Anaheim, Calif.3.59/Business Admin.
IF-Jill ChristopherClarkeSr.Decorah, Iowa 3.77/Elementary Education
IF-Michelle LechnerSt. Cloud StateJr.St. Cloud, Minn.3.93/Applied Psychology
OF-Tonia Call St. Thomas Sr.New London, Minn.3.86/Management & Health
OF-Emily HarrelsonGardner WebbSr.Johnsonville, S.C.3.78/Business & Phys. Education
OF-Becky MancusoAugustana (S. Dak.)Jr.Omaha, Neb.3.56/Biology
DH-Liz Bartels RollinsSr.Naples, Fla. 3.59/Psychology
P-Julianne ColemanFlorida SouthernJr.Bartow, Fla.3.25/Accounting
P-Leslie Lance CortlandJr.Johnson City, N.Y.3.35/Elementary Education
C-Denise HaselwoodC.W. PostJr.Centralia, Wash.3.84/Physical Education
IF-Anita DeFeoCollege of New JerseySr.Langhorne, Pa.3.31/Chemistry Education
IF-Traci Hyman Lenoir-Rhyne Jr.Lexington, S.C.3.70/Nursing
IF-Jennifer Jimerson Missouri Southern St.Sr.Blue Springs, Mo.3.36/Physical Education
IF-Cheryl Wah Ithaca Jr.Lancaster, N.Y.3.96/Sport Management
OF-Melanie HarriffCalvinSr.Cadillac, Mich.3.54/Biology
OF- Jenn HullGannonSr.Wattsburg, Pa.3.84/Computer Apps./
Acctg./Business Admin.
OF-Jessica ThomasRegisSr.Mesa, Ariz.3.89/Accounting
DH-Amy Shortall Indiana (Pa.) Sr.Bethel Park, Pa.3.77/Nursing

***GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - College Division

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