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Kelly Schade is College Division GTE Academic All-America of the Year

STAMFORD, CT--Kelly Schade, a softball player from Simpson (Iowa) College, and Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb, a graduate of the University of Georgia, were chosen the 1998-99 GTE Academic All-America of the Year Team Members for all sports.

The selections were announced following a special committee voting of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Schade earned the honors for the College (Division II and III) Division and Stinchcomb was the recipient in the University (Division I-A and I-AA) Division. Schade was one of the top pitchers in the history of NCAA softball. In 1999, she pitched 25 shutouts, had 37 wins and 371 strikeouts, all Division III records. She also hurled two shutouts and won four games in the NCAA tournament in leading her team to its second national title in three years.

Presently a member of the Virginia Roadsters of the WPSL, she graduated with a 3.94 GPA as an economics major and was also a GTE Academic All-American for two seasons.

Stinchcomb, a native of Lilburn, Ga., was a two-time All-American at Georgia and a finalist for the 1998 Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman. He was also a two-time GTE Academic All-America team member who graduated with a 3.94 grade point average (GPA) as a finance major and was the Raiders' first round selection (18th overall) in the 1999 NFL draft. He suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason and will miss the entire 1999 NFL season.

To be eligible for the GTE Academic All-America Team, 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. Throughout the 1998-99 academic year, a GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year was named in each of 10 programs (football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's fall at-large and men's and women's spring at-large) in the University and College Divisions.

Schade and Stinchcomb were chosen from among these 20 finalists.