LOUSIVILLE, Ky. – Eight Evangel University softball players were named Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes for the 2015-16 season.
In addition to the eight players, the Crusader softball team was recognized by Easton and the NFCA as one of 31 All-Academic Teams for the NAIA during the 2015-16 school year. Evangel joins five other Heart teams to be honored by the organizations for their work on and off the field.
Individually, Brittany Arnold, Jillian Belieu, Cassidy Gillihan, Lauren Reynolds, Michelle Sheppard, Katie Tollefson, Megan Washam and Kasie Zukow were all named Scholar-Athletes. To be eligible, individuals needed a 3.5 grade-point average or higher while teams needed a 3.0 cumulative team GPA.
The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions. NCAA Division I, with 1,240 honorees, had the most student-athletes with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher, while 1,124 in Division III earned recognition, followed by 963 Division II student-athletes. High School weighted and High School unweighted posted 618 and 512 honorees apiece. NAIA amassed 384 recipients and Junior College totaled 311.
Grand Canyon University (3.670) and Upper Iowa University led NCAA Division I & II, while Siena Heights University (3.720) posted the top NAIA mark and Allen Community College set the junior college standard with a 3.660 GPA.