National Champions Leah O'Brien of Arizona and Kerry Novak of California (PA.)Named to 1997 GTE Academic All-America Softball Team
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STAMFORD, Conn., -- A pair of softball players who helped their teams to national championships are among the 22 student-athletes named to the 1997 GTE Academic All-America Softball First Team, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
First baseman Leah O'Brien of Arizona, a senior from Chino, Calif., made the first team in the University Division. O'Brien batted .383 with two home runs and 47 RBI's this year and made the All-Tournament Team as the Wildcats beat UCLA for the national title. She is a physical education major with a 3.44 Grade Point Average (GPA) who was also named the GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year, an honor which goes to the person who "best represents the qualities of an Academic All-America team member." UCLA also had a first team member -- infielder Alleah Poulson, a senior from Irvine, Calif. (3.39/sociology).
In the College Division, outfielder Kerry Novak of California (Pa.) University made the first team as her squad beat Wisconsin-Parkside in the Division II title game. A senior from Canonsburg, Pa., Novak has a 3.52 GPA as an elementary education major. She batted .467 with two homers and 50 RBI's for the year and led all hitters in the College World Series with a .600 average as she made the All-Tournament team.
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.
The University Division also includes two players from Notre Dame -- infielder Meghan Murray, a senior from Minnetonka, Minn. (3.40/finance/business economics); and designated hitter Katie Marten, a senior from Lisle, Ill. (3.43/arts & letters pre-professional/psychology).
The Team Member of the Year in the College Division is infielder Amber Peterson of Missouri Southern, a senior from Siloam Springs, Ark. (4.00/criminal justice), while two players made the first team for the second straight year -- catcher Sunny Montas of the College of New Jersey, a senior from Union, N.J. (3.57/law & justice); and designated hitter Liz Bartels of Rollins, a junior from Naples, Fla. (3.53/psychology).
In addition to O'Brien and Poulson in the University Division, Kelly Holmes of Michigan and Robyn Yorke of Fresno State also helped their teams reach the College World Series. In the College Division, Montas and Lisa McNeley of Florida Southern starred on teams that reached the championship finals.
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Following is a complete list of the 1997 GTE Academic All-America Softball Teams in the University and College Divisions:
|P||Christine Engelhardt||SE Missouri St.||Soph.||Pinckneyville, Ill.||3.92/Pre-Engineering|
|P||Kelly Holmes||Michigan||Sr.||Canton, Mich.||3.33/Accounting|
|C||Amy Jauert||Cleveland St.||Jr.||Findlay, Ohio||3.58/Sport Mgmt./Phys. Ther.|
|IF||Meghan Murray||Notre Dame||Sr.||Minnetonka, Minn.||3.40/Fin.e/Bus.Econ.|
|IF||Leah O'Brien***||Arizona||Sr.||Chino, Calif.||3.44/Physical Education|
|IF||Alleah Poulson||UCLA||Sr.||Irvine, Calif.||3.39/Sociology|
|IF||Kim Rondina||UNLV||Sr.||Scottsdale, Ariz.||3.68/Sports Injury Mgmt.|
|OF||Jen Cherveny||Eastern Illinois||Sr.||Streator, Ill.||3.83/Elementary Education|
|OF||Christy Lunceford||Creighton||Grad.||Trabuco Canyon, CA||3.38/Counseling|
|OF||Robyn Yorke||Fresno St.||Sr.||Lisle, Ill.||3.52/Liberal Studies|
|DH||Katie Marten||Notre Dame||Sr.||Lisle, Ill.||3.43/Arts & Letters|
|P||Ali Andrus-Sagas||Utah||Sr.||Tulsa, Okla.||3.37/Human Development|
|P||Bridgett McCaffery||Connecticut||Sr.||Pennsville, NJ||3.37/Physical Therapy|
|C||Christy Burge||Southern Utah||Soph.||Riverton, Utah||3.89/Computer Info. Systems|
|IF||Stephanie DeFeo||SW Louisiana||Sr.||Pleasantville, NJ||3.41/Criminal Justice|
|IF||Julie Glasser||Furman||Sr.||Smyrna, Ga||3.68/Health/Exercise Science|
|IF||Beth Iwamoto||Boston Univ.||Sr.||Sacramento, Calif.||3.33/Physical Therapy|
|IF||Kara McMahon||Notre Dame||Sr.||Pasadena, Texas||3.78/Science Pre-Professional|
|OF||Beth Corriea||Pacific||Sr.||Norco, Calif.||3.90/Political Science/History|
|OF||Erin Hickey||DePaul||Sr.||Morris, Ill.||3.61/Education|
|OF||Stacey Slick||Arizona St.||Sr.||Scottsdale, Ariz.||3.86/Accounting|
|DH||Lori Graham||Canisius||Sr.||Kennedy, N.Y.||3.29/Physical Education|
|P||Jennie Allerding||Kent St.||Sr.||Loudonville, Ohio||3.67/Elementary Education|
|P||Joy Battersby||Notre Dame||Sr.||Morris, Ill.||3.73/Sci. Pre-Prof./Psych.|
|C||Natalie Poole||McNeese St.||Sr.||Baton Rouge, La.||3.58/Art|
|IF||Yvette Healy||DePaul||Soph.||Orland Park, Ill.||3.69/Communication|
|IF||Tracy Reidhead||Tennessee||Sr.||Taylor, Ariz.||3.73/Sport Management|
|IF||Jennifer Rothrock||Lafayette||Sr.||Bethlehem, Pa.||3.45/Biology|
|IF||Kristen Sandel||Bucknell||Jr.||Laureldale, Pa.||3.80/Chemistry|
|OF||Angie Holwell||Oklahoma||Sr.||Del City, Okla.||3.57/Accounting|
|OF||Jennifer Moffitt||Morehead St.||Sr.||Pendleton, Ind.||3.31/Nursing|
|OF||Rachel Nelson||Minnesota||Sr.||Good Thunder, Minn.||3.24/Kines./Adapted P.E.|
|DH||Erica Shepherd||SW Missouri St.||Soph.||Bartlesville, Okla.||4.00/Biology|
***GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division
|P||Shauna Koolhaas||Calvin||Jr.||Escondido, Calif.||3.92/3.73/Education/Spanish|
|P||Lisa McNeley||Florida Southern||Sr.||Woodward, Iowa||3.74/Psychology|
|C||Sunny Montas||College of New Jersey||Sr.||Union, N.J.||3.57/Law & Justice|
|IF||Melanie Bolt||Calvin||Sr.||Grand Rapids, Mich.||3.81/Business Admin.|
|IF||Gwyn Jones||Millikin||Sr.||Olney, Ill.||3.56/Physical Education|
|IF||Amber Peterson***||Missouri Southern||Sr.||Siloam Springs, Ark.||4.00/Criminal Justice|
|IF||Kristin Schueler||Cal.-San Diego||Sr.||Sacramento, Calif.||3.85/Biochemistry|
|OF||Dawn Neighbarger||Baldwin-Wallace||Sr.||Mt. Vernon, Ohio||3.88/Education|
|OF||Kerry Novak||California (Pa.)||Sr.||Canonsburg, Pa.||3.52/Elementary Education|
|OF||Grace Robbins||SUNY Brockport||Sr.||Watertown, N.Y.||3.61/Criminal Justice/Psych.|
|DH||Liz Bartels||Rollins||Jr.||Naples, Fla.||3.53/Psychology|
|P||Kelly King||St. Mary's (Minn.)||Sr.||Lansing, Ill.||3.65/Criminal Justice|
|P||Kelly Schade||Simpson||Soph.||Osceola, Iowa||3.89/Economics|
|C||Marci Braund||Wisconsin-LaCrosse||Sr.||Holmen, Wis.||3.82/Health Education|
|IF||Julie Backof||Western Maryland||Jr.||Westminster, Md.||3.35/Biology|
|IF||Lori Lennon||Ursinus||Sr.||Southhampton, Pa.||3.70/Psychology|
|IF||Gina Shields||St. Benedict||Sr.||Mendota Hghts., Minn.||3.91/Int'l. Mgmt./French|
|IF||Robin Theising||Mount St. Joseph||Sr.||Sunman, Ind.||3.77/History/Education|
|OF||Tricia Hoffman||Misericordia||Jr.||Elysburg, Pa.||3.77/History/Education|
|OF||Sarah Schmitz||North Dakota St.||Soph.||Rochester, Minn.||3.81/Industrial Engin.|
|OF||Tracy Young||Skidmore||Sr.||Porter Corners, N.Y.||3.95/Biology|
|DH||Janetta Trecroce||Ursinus||Sr.||Phoenixville, Pa.||3.62/Exercise & Sport Science|
|P||Amy Croll||Moravian||Sr.||Slatington, Pa.||3.71/Elem. Ed./Sociology|
|P||Jennifer Rouse||Quincy||Jr.||Unionville, Mo.||3.56/Elementary Education|
|C||Julie Cobb||Central Missouri St.||Soph.||Rosemount, Minn.||4.00/Safety Management|
|IF||Molly Carr||Indiana (Pa.)||Soph.||Saint Marys, Pa.||4.00/Elementary Education|
|IF||Laura Espenmiller||Nebraska-Kearney||Soph.||Logan, Iowa||3.43/Education|
|IF||Paige Krul||Rollins||Jr.||Poway, Calif.||3.98/Spanish|
|IF||Susan Punzo||Central Missouri St.||Sr.||Tecumseh, Kan.||3.66/Accounting|
|OF||Melanie Harriff||Calvin||Jr.||Cadillac, Mich.||3.47/Biology/Secondary Ed.|
|OF||Jenn Hull||Gannon||Jr.||Wattsburg, Pa.||3.92/Finance|
|OF||Paige Wofford||Kennesaw St.||Sr.||Canton, Ga.||3.70/Early Childhood Ed.|
|DH||Jennifer Garin||St. Mary's (Minn.)||Soph.||Wuakon, Iowa||3.91/Environmental Biology|
***GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - College Division
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