• Four NCAA Div. III championships
  • National record 27 NCAA playoff berths
  • 13 national finals appearances
  • 66 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes since 2010

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Central among nation's leaders on softball academic list

Softball | Jan. 24, 2013

PELLA — Central College landed 10 players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-America Scholar-Athlete softball 2012 squad, the 12th-highest total of any NCAA Division III school and the best showing by any Iowa Conference squad.

The Dutch ranked second in Division III a year ago with 13 honorees and second in 2010 with 11.

The Scholar-Athlete distinction is given to any player with a 3.50 GPA or higher during the last academic year. Central had 11 honorees a year ago, which ranked second in Division III.

Catcher Jess Edler, a senior last spring, was honored for the third straight year. Outfielder Lexi Cessna, shortstop Chelsea Greiner, pitcher Brie Haycraft, first baseman Jordan Overland, right fielder Emily Te Brink and center fielder Holly Von Fumetti were each named for the second time. Outfielder Shannon Coulson, second baseman Angela Davis and catcher Dana Van Renterghem were also honored.

Overland topped the chart for the Dutch, posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average in 2011-12.

The Dutch posted a 36-10 record last spring, winning the Iowa Conference tournament and earning their 24th NCAA tournament berth.

            Central’s NFCA Scholar Athletes:

Name               2011-12Yr.     Hometown                  2011-12 GPA  Major
*Lexi Cessna               So.       Bloomington, Ill.          3.86                 Biology

Shannon Coulson        Fr.        Bondurant, Iowa          3.88                 Math/biology

Angela Davis               Sr.        West Des Moines, Iowa           3.52                             Spanish

**Jess Edler                 Sr.        Clarence, Iowa             3.81                 Exercise science

*Chelsea Greiner         So.       Agency, Iowa              3.94                 Exercise science

*Brie Haycraft             So.       Eldridge, Iowa             3.91                 Elementary education

*Jordan Overland        So.       Madrid, Iowa               4.00                 Exercise science

*Emily Te Brink          Jr.        Le Mars, Iowa              3.93                 Exercisc science

Dana Van Renterghem Fr.        Oskaloosa, Iowa          3.67                 undeclared

*Holly Von Fumetti     Sr.        Johnston, Iowa                        3.80       Business management

*previous selections

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