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NFCA | April 23, 2018

NFCA DII National Player of the Year Top 25 watch list announced

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-five student-athletes have been selected finalists for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced following the conclusion of the 2018 season.

This group of student-athletes is represented by 20 different programs and 13 conferences. Ten student-athletes from the original Top-50 “watchlist” made the cut with the final group consisting of nine seniors, eight juniors, seven sophomores and one freshman.

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Colorado Mesa, West Texas A&M, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Southern Arkansas and North Georgia each had two recipients. The Lone Star Conference led the way with five selections, while the Peach Belt Conference and Gulf South Conference garnered three honorees. Earning two nods were the Great American Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference, PacWest Conference and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Collecting one plaudit each was the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and South Atlantic Conference.

The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 15 with the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on June 4.

The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II. North Georgia’s Courtney Poole was the inaugural winner of the award.

Past Winners

2017 – Coley Ries, Minnesota State
2016 – Lindsay Butler, Wayne State University
2015 – Courtney Poole, North Georgia 

2018 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player of the Year Top 25

Player School Position Year
Rosa'Lynn Burton Wilmington OF Sophomore
Megan Deiter Washburn P Junior
Haley Gilham Chico State P Senior
Brooke Goad Southern Arkansas OF Redshirt senior
Kinsie Hebler Texas A&M University-Commerce UT/P Sophomore
Brooke Hodgson Colorado Mesa UT Senior
Mariah Jameyson Texas A&M University-Commerce C Senior
Amber Johns North Georgia P Sophomore
Jamie Johnson UNC Pembroke 3B Senior
Emily Kenly Lenoir-Rhyne P Sophomore
Allison Lipovsky Grand Valley State P Junior
Brandy Marlett Angelo State P Senior
Jessica Mohl Valdosta State SS Senior
Kylee Moore West Texas A&M INF Junior
Taylor Moran Lee 1B Sophomore
Callie Nunes Concordia Irvine P Freshman
Samantha Reilly Georgian Court C Junior
Christa Reisinger Truman State OF Junior
Hannah Schmoll Minnesota Duluth OF Senior
Kylee Smith North Georgia P Sophomore
Victoria Taylor Southern Arkansas P Sophomore
Hannah Thieroff California Baptist DP/1B Junior
Suka Van Gurp West Texas A&M INF Junior
Kelsey Vining Montevallo OF Senior
Kaylynn Wheeland Bloomsburg DP Redshirt junior