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Morton and Garner earn NCCSIA All-State Softball Honors

July 07, 2014

High Point, NC-The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2014 College Division All-State Softball Teams on Tuesday. Twenty-three kristi mortonbatsstudent-athletes representing nine different North Carolina universities and colleges were named to the 2014 NCCSIA College Division All-State Softball Teams. Kristi Morton (Trussville, AL) earned first-team outfielder honors, and Kierston Garner (Danbury, NC) earned second-team infielder honors.

Lenoir-Rhyne University placed four student-athletes on the first-team.Wingate University had three on the first team while Guilford College had two and UNC Pemborke, Chowan University and Salem College each had one.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which finished 40-15 and made its ninth straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearance, had two starting pitchers and two infielders on the first-team squad. All-Southeast third baseman Haily Jarman captured her third straight all-state honor after batting .337 with six homers and 38 RBI in her senior season. Sophomore teammate Maryann Hoskins, the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year, returned to the first-team all-state squad after posting a 20-9 record with a 1.50 earned run average and 10 shutouts.  Hoskins was a Daktronics Second Team All-Southeast Region pitcher, as was teammate Brandi Hole. Hole received her first all-state award after posting a 20-6 mark with a 1.28 ERA and 136 strikeouts. The Bears’ Jody Mizelle returned to the all-state team after a two-year absence thanks to a .371 batting average, four triples, 12 homers, and 43 RBI, all team highs.

Wingate ended Lenoir-Rhyne’s season in the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 38-20 overall record. Sophomore catcher Taylor Laskey makes her all-state debut after batting .349 with 10 homers and a club-high 45 RBI. She earned All-Southeast honors from both the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) and Daktronics, as did teammate and fellow first-team all-state selection Kayla Saliga. The junior designated player returns to the all-state squad after leading the Bulldogs with a .372 batting average, plus 13 doubles, seven homers, and 30 RBI. She also received Capital One® NCAA Division II First Team Academic All-America recognition. Wingate’s Mellena Helms made the first-team all-state unit with a .361 batting average, a club-best 51 runs scored and 11 home runs.

NCAA Division III member Guilford College had NFCA First Team All-America second baseman Cynthia Hayes garner all-state recognition for the second year in a row. The senior led Division III with 23 doubles, ranked fourth nationally with a .532 batting average and sixth in on-base percentage (.599). Junior teammate Marty Wilcox joined Hayes on the first-team all-state squad as the team’s utility player. She hit .403, belted a school-record 11 home runs and knocked in 51, which both ranked among the top-23 figures in Division III. 

Senior outfielder Liz Hipple of Chowan University captured her third-straight all-state award after hitting .370 with a team-best 13 doubles and 38 RBI. The Second Team All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association performer was a second-team all-state honoree in 2013 and a first-team pick in 2012. 

UNC Pembroke senior outfielder Taylor Cloninger returned to the first-team all-state team thanks to a .320 batting average, two home runs and 25 RBI. She was a First Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection.

Salem College outfielder Kristi Morton rounds out the first-team all-state unit. The senior paced the Spirits with a .426 batting average, 13 doubles, three triples and seven stolen bases.

The NCCSIA All-State second-team is comprised of Chowan's Courtney Baker and Tori Cragan, UNC Pembroke's Whitney Jackson and Brea Hartley, Wingate's Stacey Houser, Catawba College's Carley Tysinger, Lenoir-Rhyne's Sarah Kenley, Salem College's Kierston Garner, Guilford College's Rachel Howard, Queens University of Charlotte's Taylor Rosenbalm and Greensboro College's Jackie Nicholson.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and selected by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, the NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

 

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association

2014 College Division All-State Softball Teams

 

First Team

     

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

P

Brandi Hole

So.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Sandy Ridge, N.C.

P

Maryann Hoskins&

So.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Havelock, N.C.

C

Taylor Laskey

So.

Wingate University

Cherryville, N.C.

IF

Cynthia Hayes&

Sr.

Guilford College

Seagrove, N.C.

IF

Mellena Helms

So.

Wingate University

Concord, N.C.

IF

Haily Jarman&%

Sr.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Wadesboro, N.C.

IF

Jody Mizella#

Sr.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Colerain, N.C.

OF

Taylor Cloninger&

Sr.

UNC Pemborke

Jacksonville, N.C.

OF

Liz Hipple&%

Jr.

Appalachian State University

Pemborke Pines, Fla.

OF

Kristi Morton

Sr.

Salem College

Trussville, Ala.

UTL

Marty Wilcox

Jr.

Guilford College

S. Charleston, W.Va.

DP

Kayla Saliga&

Jr.

Wingate University

Asheboro, N.C.

         

Second Team

     

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

P

Stacey Houser&

So.

Wingate University

Mooresville, N.C.

P

Carley Tysinger&

So.

Catawba College

Lexington, N.C.

C

Sarah Kenley

Fr.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Charlotte, N.C.

IF

Courtney Baker

Sr.

Chowan University

Chesapeake, N.C.

IF

Tori Cragan

So.

Chowan University

Concord, N.C.

IF

Kierston Garner&

So.

Salem College

Danbury, N.C.

IF

Rachel Howard

Jr.

Guilford College

Hillborough, N.C.

OF

Whitney Jackson

So.

UNC Pembroke

Farmville, N.C.

OF

Taylor Rosenbalm

So.

Queens University of Charlotte

Statesville, N.C.

UTL

Jackie Nicholson&

Jr.

Greensboro College

Snow Camp, N.C.

DP

Brea Hartley&

Jr.

UNC Pembroke

Lexington, N.C.

& - Named to 2013 All-State Team
% - Named to 2012 All-State Team
# - Named to 2011 All-State Team

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