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NFCA Announces 2010 adidas Golden Shoe Award Winners
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and adidas have announced the ten student-athletes who are the recipients of the 2010 adidas Golden Shoe award.
The adidas Golden Shoe award is presented annually to the top base stealer from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.
A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective award. All winners of the 2010 adidas Golden Shoe award are listed below.
NCAA Division I
Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State University
This season marks the second straight year that Bramlett has won the Golden Shoe, after leading Division I in stolen bases with 61 and finishing the season with a 1.11 per game average nearly, 0.30 bases per game higher than her nearest competitor. The senior catcher and U.S. National Team member ender her career as a Bulldog by being selected as a four-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American and finishing second in the nation in batting average with 0.536.
NCAA Division II
Bailie Hicken, Dixie State University
Hicken led Division II in total stolen bases this season with 52 and averaged just under one stolen base per game on the year with 0.98. The sophomore outfielder was a 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Central Region second team selection and helped lead the 2010 Division II team batting average champion Red Storm by hitting .459. Hicken also finished second among all Division II players in runs scored per game with 1.38, just 0.05 out from this seasonâ€™s national leader, Tomeakin Wilson of Benedict.
NCAA Division III
Katie Stalker, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Stalker, a 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Great Lakes region first-team honoree, stole 33 bases in 36 attempts last season and averaged 0.79 stolen bases per game. The 33 bases this season helped Stalker eclipse the previous career stolen base mark at Eau Claire and set a new record with 75. The senior infielder also led the Blugolds offensively in 2010 by hitting .434 on the year with 63 hits, 39 runs and 13 walks.
Britney Webb, Belhaven University
Webb helped steer the Blazers to a program-best 54 wins last season by leading the NAIA in both total stolen bases and stolen bases per game with 80 and 1.25, respectively. Her 80 stolen bases in 2010 helped her set a new NAIA single-season record, as well as the all-time NAIA career stolen base record with 213. Webb also had a great season at the plate where the senior infielder batted .431 with 73 runs, 54 RBIs and 32 extra base hits. For her efforts this season, Webb was named as a NAIA and Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American.
NJCAA Division I
Erica Wolver, Navarro College
Wolver stole 84 bases this past season to lead her division with an astounding 1.64 stolen bases per game. Not only was Wolver a problem for opponents on the base paths, but she also gave them trouble both at the plate and in the circle. Wolver finished her freshman campaign by batting .411 with 37 RBIs and going 4-2 in the circle with a 1.63 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Wolver is now the second consecutive Bulldog to win the Golden Shoe after Jessica Whitley took home the award in 2009
NJCAA Division II
Ashley Pickel, Muskegon Community College
Pickel played an integral part in Muskegonâ€™s national championship season by stealing 67 of 72 bases on the year for a nation leading average of 1.08 stolen bases per game. The sophomore outfielder also helped the Jayhawks out at the dish by hitting .365 and scoring 62 runs or exactly one run per game.
NJCAA Division III
Colleen Bannon, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Bannon went 40-for-40 on stolen base attempts this season and helped lead the Panthers to a fourth place finish at the national tournament. In addition to finishing the season with a perfect stolen base percentage, the sophomore outfielder also ended the year averaging more than one stolen base per game at 1.05. The 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American also led Tompkins Cortland in eight major statistical categories including batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage at .557, .951 and .611, respectively.
Stacy Razo, Los Angeles Valley College
Razo led Cal JC this season with 44 stolen bases, stealing 13 mores bases than her two nearest opponents. The freshman outfielder averaged 1.22 bases per game in 2010 while helping lead the Monarchs to a 21-18-1 record. Razo finished the year by hitting .521 with 61 hits, 59 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBIs and 10 walks.
Bre Thomas, Mt. Hood Community College
Thomas stole 26 bases this season and will end her two-year career as a Saint with a 49-for-50 base stealing record. The sophomore outfielder helped guide Mt. Hood to their second consecutive NWAACC title. For her efforts this season, Thomas was named as a first team All-Southern Region and an All-NWAACC Tournament selection.
Emily Albus, Brenham High School (Texas)
Albus earned her second straight Golden Shoe this season by stealing 70 of 75 bases for an average of 1.70 per game and helped guide Brenham to the Class 4A regional quarterfinals. The senior shortstop gave a big boost to the Cubettesâ€™ offense by hitting .661 on the year with a 0.895 slugging percentage and a 0.796 on-base percentage. Her performance in 2010 earned Albus her fourth consecutive All-State and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American selections and allowed her be recruited by such Division I powers Arizona, Florida and Texas A&M, her eventual choice.