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Kelly Schade Wins Honda Award as NCAA Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year

Simpson College pitcher Kelly Schade, who pitched her team to the NCAA Division III softball championship, has been named winner of the Honda Award as the NCAA Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, following national balloting among NCAA-member schools.

Schade, a senior from Osceola, Iowa (Clarke High School), set NCAA Division III single-season reocrds for wins (37), strikeouts (371) and shutouts (25), including a 6-0 blanking of Chapman University in the Division III title game. She posted a 0.46 ERA, averaged 10.5 strikeouts per game and held opposition batters to an .096 average during the 1999 season.

Schade holds every Simpson season and career pitching record and also set NCAA Division III career records with 113 victories, 1,121 strikeouts and 77 shutouts. A Louisville Slugger-NFCA First Team Division III All-American and, for the second consecutive year, a first team Academic All-American and the Academic All-American Player of the Year, Schade had a 3.94 grade-point average as an economics/accounting major.

Schade will receive her Honda Award at the 23rd Annual Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Banquet on June 14 in Reno, Nevada, site of the 1999 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention.

In addition to honoring the collegiate women athletes of the year among Division II and Division III schools, the Honda Award is presented annually to the most outstanding college women athletes in 11 sports, who are also candidates to receive the Honda-Broderick Cup as 1998-99 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

The winner will be determined by separate balloting of all NCAA-member institutions. Last year's Cup winner was University of Tennessee basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw.

For banquet tickets or media information, contact Tony Lovitt at (619/452-2255) through June 12 and at (775-789-2000) from June 13-15.