LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-five student-athletes have been selected finalists for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced following the conclusion of the 2018 season.

This group of student-athletes is represented by 20 different programs and 13 conferences. Ten student-athletes from the original Top-50 “Watchlist” made the cut with the final group consisting of nine seniors, eight juniors, seven sophomores and one freshman.

West Texas A&M, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Southern Arkansas and North Georgia each had two recipients. The Lone Star Conference led the way with five selections, while the Peach Belt Conference and Gulf South Conference garnered three honorees. Earning two nods were the Great American Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference, PacWest Conference and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Collecting one plaudit each was the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Southern Athletic Conference.

The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 15 with the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on June 4.

The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II. North Georgia’s Courtney Poole was the inaugural winner of the award.

Past Winners
2017 – Coley Ries, Minnesota State
2016 – Lindsay Butler, Wayne State University
2015 – Courtney Poole, North Georgia 

2018 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player of the Year Top 25

Rosa’Lynn Burton, So., OF, Wilmington

Megan Deiter, Jr., P, Washburn

Haley Gilham, Sr., P, Chico State

Brooke Goad, R-Sr., OF, Southern Arkansas

Kinsie Hebler, So., UT/P, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Brooke Hodgson, Sr., UT, Colorado Mesa

Mariah Jameyson, Sr., C, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Amber Johns, So., P, North Georgia

Jamie Johnson, Sr., 3B, UNC Pembroke

Emily Kenly, So., P, Lenoir-Rhyne

Allison Lipovsky, Jr., P, Grand Valley State

Brandy Marlett, Sr., P, Angelo State

Jessica Mohl, Sr., SS, Valdosta State

Kylee Moore, Jr., IF, West Texas A&M

Taylor Moran, So., 1B, Lee

Callie Nunes, Fr., P, Concordia Irvine

Samantha Reilly, Jr., C, Georgian Court

Christa Reisinger, Jr., OF, Truman State

Hannah Schmoll, Sr., OF, Minnesota Duluth

Kylee Smith, So., P, North Georgia

Victoria Taylor, So., P, Southern Arkansas

Hannah Thieroff, Jr., DP/1B, California Baptist

Suka Van Gurp, Jr., IF, West Texas A&M

Kelsey Vining, Sr., OF, Montevallo

Kaylynn Wheeland, R-Jr., DP, Bloomsburg

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