MAC Announces Softball Academic All-MAC Team

Updated 6/8/2011
CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference released its 2011 Academic All-MAC Softball team as voted on by the league's faculty athletic representatives. A total of 23 student-athletes were honored this season due to ties. The number of honorees on the Academic All-MAC Team is the number that is set for the specific sport or 33 percent of the number of nominees, whichever is greater.

Six student-athletes were honored for the second consecutive season. Those student-athletes were Alex Feltes and Alex Helfrich of Akron, Alicia Barkley of Ball State, Sarah Gerber of Eastern Michigan and Melissa Bonner and Emily Wethington of Ohio.

This year Kara Dornbos of Central Michigan, Shana Szypka of Toledo and Courtney Rousseau and Western Michigan were named to the team after posting a 4.00 cumulative GPA at their respective institutions.

Joining their teammates were Alyssa Collins of Ball State, Molly Coldren and Macy Merchant of Central Michigan, Jenna Ignowski, McKenna Russ and Stacie Skodinski of Eastern Michigan, Jillian Van Wagnen of Ohio, Lindsey Tobias of Toledo and Lexi Jager of Western Michigan.

Rounding out this year's team were Lindsay Arney, Paige Berger and Hannah Fulk of Bowling Green, Nan Harvey Award recipient Holly Finchum of Kent State and Pitcher of the Year Jessica Simpson of Miami.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments from the current season only are considered.

2011 Academic All-MAC Softball
Alex Feltes, Akron#
Alex Helfrich, Akron#
Alicia Barkley, Ball State#
Alyssa Collins, Ball State
Lindsay Arney, Bowling Green
Paige Berger, Bowling Green
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green
Molly Coldren, Central Michigan
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan
Macy Merchant, Central Michigan
Jenna Ignowski, Eastern Michigan
McKenna Russ, Eastern Michigan
Stacie Skodinski, Eastern Michigan
Sarah Gerber, Eastern Michigan#
Holly Finchum, Kent State
Jessica Simpson, Miami
Melissa Bonner, Ohio #
Jillian Van Wagnen, Ohio
Emily Wethington, Ohio #
Shana Szypka, Toledo
Lindsey Tobias, Toledo
Lexi Jager, Western Michigan
Courtney Rousseau, Western Michigan

#2010 Academic All-MAC Team

2011 Academic Honorable Mention
Heather Bauer, Akron
Sarah Earley, Akron
Cassie Gleisner, Akron
Olivia Hegedus, Akron
Audra Sanders, Ball State
Kim Mazzapica, Ball State
Andrea Arney, Bowling Green
Melissa Bott, Bowling Green
Missy Bowman, Bowling Green
Zada Lines, Bowling Green
Rachel Proehl, Bowling Green
Melissa West, Bowling Green
Ashley Bertot, Buffalo
Jessica Griffin, Buffalo
Alyssa Ward, Buffalo
Summer Knoop, Central Michigan
Jaclyn Caro, Eastern Michigan
Nellie Coquillard, Eastern Michigan
Lauren Delapaz, Eastern Michigan
Danielle Abernathy, Kent State
Jess Carmichael, Kent State
Shannon Laughlin, Kent State
Mary Holt, Kent State University
Maleeya Coleman, Kent State
Markie Pozzuto, Kent State
Sarah Starr, Kent State
Jordan McElroy, Miami
Daniela Torres, Miami
Carly Norton, Northern Illinois
Alexandra Wulbecker, Northern Illinois
Amanda Sheppard, Northern Illinois
Whitney Owens, Northern Illinois
Sara Clark, Ohio University
Lauren Gellerman, Ohio University
Chelsea Hortman, Ohio University
Paige Kemezis, Ohio University
Brooke Morgart, Ohio University
Jordan Paden, Ohio University
Becki Heimbigner, Toledo
Jillian Spink, Toledo
Whitney Young, Toledo
Michelle Bendewald, Western Michigan
Tara Buchanan, Western Michigan