View 2005 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-America Teams
Forty-six student athletes have been named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-America teams, as announced Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Four teams competing here in the NCAA Division III National Tournament placed players on the first team. Michelle Wong, a second-team selection at shortstop last season for St. Thomas, earned first-team accolades this season as her team looks to repeat as national champions. Jill Jeranko of Chapman made the first team at shortstop, while Wiliam Paterson’s Liz Sisca received first-team honors at the utility position. Muskingums’ Nicole Blubaugh rounds out the first-team players competing this week for the national title. A third-team selection a year ago, Blubaugh was placed on the first team at the designated player spot.
St. Thomas’ Kristi Huegel joined her teammate Wong on the all-American squad as she earned second-team accolades at shortstop. Muskingum’s Kim Tackett joined Huegel at second-team second baseman, and Amy Iammarino earned a spot on the third team. Chapman’s Maggie Wilder was a third-team selection.
Liz Swary of top-ranked Washington University (Mo.) earned first-team honors for the second straight year at first base after leading her team to the final of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, regional.
Brianne Haas of Maryville University was named first-team catcher and earned Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year accolades for Division III. Aurora’s Taylor Petersen and Rutger-Camden’s Michelle Schlichtig were named to the first-team pitcher’s spots, while Prudence Kjontvedt of California Luthern was placed on the first team at third base.
A pair of Coe College players earned first-team laurels. Beth Rohlena joined Union’s Julie Gawronski and Clark’s Jen Scavone in the outfield, while pitcher Amy Ernst was one of three at-large selections along with Tufts’ Courtney Bongiolatti and Hope’s Candace Graham.
Another contender in the national tournament, Salisbury, put two players on the first team. Lacey Lister was named a second-team at-large selection along with Washington’s Laurel Sagartz. Margie Knight’s Salisbury club also placed Leslie White at second-team third baseman, while Cindy Zelinsky’s outfielder Amy Vukovich earned second-team laurels along with Sagartz.
Moravian College, last year’s national runner-up to St. Thomas, put a pair of 2004 first-team players on the second team. Meagan Hennessy earned a spot at pitcher, while Heather Bortz joined the team at an at-large selection. Hope College, who had Candace Graham on the first team, added Jessica Regnerus to the second team at the at-large position and Emily Adams to the third team.
Hannah Roberts of University of Chicago and Amanda Gage from Hamline both earned all-American status for the second straight season as they were placed on the third team.