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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fifty student-athletes from across the country have been selected to the “Watch List” for the NFCA/Schutt Sports Division II National Player of the Year award.

Headlining the list are 28 returning NFCA All-Americans, eight from the first team, 10 from the second and 10 third teamers.

In all, the group consists of 27 seniors, 11 juniors and 12 sophomores, representing 40 programs from 18 different conferences. Freshmen are not eligible for the “Watch List”, but can be considered for the Player of the Year award once they have competed at the collegiate level.

Ten programs garnered multiple candidates with Colorado Mesa and West Texas A&M boasting three representatives apiece. Angelo State, Central Oklahoma, Newberry College, North Georgia, Southern Arkansas and West Chester earned two nods apiece.

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (Cal St. San Bernardino, Chico State, Humboldt State, Cal State Monterey Bay) have representation from four programs. The Great Lakes Valley, Gulf South, Lone Star, Mountain East, Pacific West, Pennsylvania State Athletic and South Athletic Conferences each have three schools on the list.

The Top 25 finalists for the 2017 NFCA/ Schutt Sports Division II National Player of the Year award will be announced on April 23. A student-athlete does not have to be on watch list to be considered for the Top 25. The top-10 finalists will be announced on May 15 and the winner will be recognized on June 4 following the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Behind the collaboration between the NFCA and the NCAA Division II Head Coaches Committee, and the generosity of Schutt Sports, the award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.

The previous honorees of the award are Courtney Poole, North Georgia (2015), Lyndsay Butler, Wayne State University (2016) and Coley Ries, Minnesota State (2017).

2018 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player of the Year Watchlist

*Denotes returning NFCA All-American

 

Courtney Barnhill

Outfield

Sophomore

Angelo State University

Janessa Bassett*

Outfield

Senior

Dixie State University

Erin Boone*

Outfield

Junior

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Taylor Brandts

Pitcher

Senior

UVa Wise

Jessica Brown

Catcher

Senior

Cal State San Bernardino

Rosa'Lynn Burton*

Outfield

Sophomore

Wilmington University

Jayden Chestnut

Pitcher

Junior

Central Oklahoma

Haleigh Christopher

Catcher

Sophomore

University of Charleston

Angelique Elemen*

Utility

Junior

Fort Lewis College

Sara Ercolani

Second Base

Senior

West Chester University

Julia Garcia*

Third Base

Senior

Cal State Monterey Bay

Haley Gilham*

Pitcher

Senior

Chico State

Brooke Goad

Outfield

R-Senior

Southern Arkansas University

Kilee Halbert

Pitcher

Senior

West Texas A&M University

Ashley Hardin*

Outfield

Senior

West Texas A&M University

Morgan Heard

Shortstop

Senior

Central Oklahoma

Brooke Hodgson*

Utility

Senior

Colorado Mesa University

Kala Holder*

Infield

Sophomore

Pittsburg State University

Hanna Holland

Outfield

R-Junior

Humboldt State University

Amanda Houck*

Pitcher

Senior

West Chester University

Mariah Jameyson*

Catcher

Senior

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jamie Johnson*

Third Base

Senior

UNC Pembroke

Sara Keeny

Outfield

Junior

Kutztown University

Kacie Kelly*

Second Base

Sophomore

Saint Leo University

Carly Kingery

Pitcher

Junior

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Taylor Kline

Shortstop

Senior

Ohio Dominican University

Jennifer Leonhardt*

Pitcher

Sophomore

University of Southern Indiana

Caitlyn Lloyd

Outfield

Sophomore

California Baptist University

Brandy Marlett*

Pitcher

Senior

Angelo State University

Brenna Martini*

Third Base

Senior

Adelphi University

Jess Meidl*

Outfield

Senior

Minnesota State University

Jessica Mohl

Shortstop

Senior

Valdosta State University

Marisa Monasseri*

Catcher

Senior

Caldwell University

Emily Price*

Shortstop

Senior

California (Pa.)

Christa Reisinger*

Outfield

Junior

Truman State University

Lacie Rinus*

Pitcher

Sophomore

Carson-Newman University

Meredith Rousse

Second Base

Senior

Saginaw Valley State University

Jill Roye*

Pitcher/First Base

Senior

Southern Arkansas University

Rhiannon Sassman

Shortstop

Junior

University of West Florida

Julia Seader

Catcher

Junior

LIU Post

Haley Simonds*

Utility/Pitcher

Sophomore

Newberry College

Allie Smith*

Infield

Senior

West Texas A&M University

Kylee Smith* 

Pitcher

Sophomore

University of North Georgia

Sydney Sprague*

Shortstop

Senior

University of North Georgia

McKenzie Surface

Pitcher

Junior

Colorado Mesa University

AnnMarie Torres*

First Base

Sophomore

Colorado Mesa University

Hannah Vet*

Pitcher

Senior

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Kelsey Vining

Outfield

Senior

University of Montevallo

Magnolia West

Outfield

Sophomore

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Natalie Willis

Second Base

Junior

Newberry College

 

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