Central College issued the following announcement on Oct. 4.
The Central College softball team ranked among the leaders again in the classroom as 10 players were named Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.
That matches the most of any American Rivers Conference school.
The perennially powerful Dutch program has a tradition of academic achievement under NFCA Hall of Fame coach George Wares, ranking in the top 20 in Division III seven times, including five top-10 academic finishes since 2010. Central had 14 honorees last year.
The aware recognizes those student-athletes who have posted a 3.50 grade point average or higher in the previous academic year. Central, which has made a record 29 NCAA Division III tournament appearances with four national championships, has had players receive NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors 99 times since 2010.
Graduated left fielder Tabitha Taylor (Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) was cited for the fourth time while outfielder Makenzie Matt (senior, Bellevue, Neb.) and catcher Kylie Olson (junior, Mapleton, Minn., Maple River HS) were honored for the third time. Center fielder Sara Tallman (junior, Pella), graduate Kaci Braner (New Berlin, Ill.), pitcher Mariah Fritz (senior, Tama, East Marshall HS) and catcher/first baseman Sarah Sponder (junior, Sioux City, East HS) became two-time honorees.
Central College's 2018 NFCA Scholar-Athletes
Name Yr. Hometown '16-17 GPA Major
Ally Vantiger Tr. Mt. Union, Iowa 3.96 Secondary education
Kaci Braner Grad New Berlin, Ill. 3.72 Biology/chemistry
Mariah Fritz Sr. Tama, Iowa 3.86 Biology
Casey Lewis Tr. Eldridge, Iowa 3.93 undeclared
Makenzie Matt Sr. Bellevue, Neb. 3.71 Elementary education
Kylie Olson Sr. Mapleton, Minn. 3.71 Pre-nursing
Amanda Sigulas Jr. Morton, Ill. 3.65 Biology
Sarah Sponder Jr. Sioux City, Iowa 3.66 Secondary education/math
Sara Tallman Jr. Pella, Iowa 3.92 Elementary education
Tabitha Taylor Grad Grimes, Iowa 3.78 Accounting
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