Ten Murray State softball players have been named as 2016-17 Division I All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the organization announced this Wednesday. The honor is presented to players that achieved a 3.5 cumulative annual GPA or better for the academic year.

Recent graduates Cayla Levins, Mason Robinson, Taylor Odom, Jessica Twaddle and Mallory Young, 2018 senior Maddy Feeney, juniors Leah Kesel and Amber Van Duyse and sophomores Kristen Bialek and Jenny Homann all received the award for their efforts in the classroom last year. For Levins, Twaddle and Young, it was the fourth time in four years that each earned the honor, giving them the distinction of having earned the award in each year of eligibility.

This season, 7,351 student-athletes from seven different categories were recognized with the award, representing over 400 different institutions. This year, Division I led the way in total student-athletes honorees with 1,825.

by Parker Griffith

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