May 12, 2009

Five Softball Players Named PBC All-Academic

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference released the 2009 softball All-Academic Team from the conference office last week and North Georgia’s Kaelin Farrington and Jessica Skeels earned first-team honors, while Kasey Knight, Trisha Snider, and Kim Stercay were all named second team. 

The team is part of a new season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field.

Kaelin Farrington graduated in August of 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education.  She is currently working on her Master’s in Physical Education and has an overall GPA of 3.90.  The senior infielder has played in 46 of the Saints’ 49 games.  She has been involved with four double plays this season and currently leads the team and the Peach Belt in fielding percentage with no errors in 287 opportunities with 245 putouts and 42 assists.  Farrington has an on base percentage of .339 with four doubles, 15 walks, five sacrifice bunts and eight runs batted in. 

Jessica Skeels hit .344 with seven doubles, one triple and a homerun during an injury shortened the 2009 season.  The junior outfielder went errorless on the season in 26 games with 15 putouts and one assist.  She had an on base percentage of .403 with 12 runs batted in and only four strikeouts.  Skeels is a middle grades education major with a 3.96 GPA.

Kasey Knight is hitting .338 with twelve doubles, two triples and twelve runs batted in during the 2009 season. She had a trio of three-hit games and scored three runs in three different games. She has put down 11 sacrifice bunts, and has a .908 fielding percentage at shortstop, playing and starting in all 49 games for the Saints. The sophomore has an on base percentage of .350 and had just 12 strikeouts on the season.  Knight is an exercise science major with a 3.27 GPA.   

Trisha Snider has posted a mark of 11-2 on the 2009 season.  The junior pitcher has 18 total appearances on the year including nine complete games and a 2.87 earned run average.  In 92.2 innings of work, Snider only allowed 94 hits while holding opponents to a .253 batting average.  She also struck out 47 batters while only giving up 18 walks.  Snider is a criminal justice major with a focus on forensics and a 3.27 GPA. 

Kim Stercay is hitting .295 with five doubles, two triples, and three homeruns this season.  The sophomore infielder has played in 45 of the Saints’ 49 games and posted a fielding percentage of .956.  She also recorded an on base percentage of .380 with 20 runs batted in, 12 walks and six sacrifice bunts.  Stercay is an art marketing major with a GPA of 3.28. 

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student athlete must participate in at least half of their team’s events, achieve a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and have completed at least one full academic year at their current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors nominated and voted on the selected teams.


First Team

Player School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
Tamela Bell
Francis Marion
Covington, Ga.
Elementary Education
Lakyn Bendle
Francis Marion
Amsterdam, Ohio
Mandy Chandler GCSU
Covington, Ga.
Kaelin Farrington
North Georgia
Watkinsville, Ga.
Middle Grades Education/Physcial Education
Megan Lakes
USC Aiken
Columbia, S.C.
Elementary Education
Sarah Moore Columbus St. Sr. Smiths, Ala. 3.72 Biology
Jessica Skeels North Georgia Jr. Lawrenceville, Ga. 3.96 Middle Grades Education
Jessica Strong Armstrong Atlantic St. Sr. Fountain Valley, Calif. 3.97 Mathematics
Lindsey Swanson GCSU Sr. Kennesaw, Ga. 3.97 Psychology
Michaela Wolf Francis Marion Jr. Littleton, Colo. 3.57 Mass Communications

Second Team

Kat Beauvais
Francis Marion Jr. Manassas, Va.
3.52 Management
Jessica Birchmeier
Francis Marion Jr. Port Richey, Fla.
3.57 Accounting
Carrie Jones
Columbus St.
So. Midland, Ga. 3.92 Exercise Science
Kasey Knight
North Georgia So. Watkinsville, Ga. 3.27 Exercise Science
Kori Pickowitz GCSU Sr. Keller, Texas 3.72 Health Education
Trisha Snider
North Georgia
Highland, Md.
Criminal Justice
Kim Stercay
North Georgia
Lilburn, Ga.
Art Marketing
Daisy Stewart
Roswell, Ga.
Amanda Wheeless
Columbus St.
Woodstock, Ga.
Exercise Science
Chelsea Wilson
Jacksonville, Fla.
Mass Communications/Marketing