June 21, 2010

Skeels and Knight Named to PBC Academic Squad

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has released the 2010 Softball All-Academic teams from the league office and North Georgia placed two members on the team, including one first-team and one second-team.

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

Senior Jessica Skeels was tabbed as a first-team member, while junior Kasey Knight was named second-team All-Academic following North Georgia’s World Series run during the 2010 season.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.


Jessica Skeels, a 3.97 grade point average student, graduated in May with a degree in middle grades education with a math and science concentration. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native hit .265 with two home runs, seven runs batted in, and eight runs scored during the Saints record breaking season.


Kasey Knight, a 3.50 grade point average student, is a junior majoring in Physical Education Leadership. The Watkinsville, Ga., native hit .294 with 26 runs scored and a .374 on-base percentage during the 2010 season. As one of the best defensive shortstops in the league, Knight had a .944 fielding percentage, making just seven errors on the season.

Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt Conference is home to 26 NCAA Division II National Championships. 13 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama compete in 13 championship sports. 2009-10 members are Augusta State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Flagler College, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, University of Montevallo, North Georgia College & State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the University of South Carolina Aiken.


2009-10 Softball All-Academic Team

First Team

Major (Minor)
Kat Beauvais
Francis Marion Sr. Manassas, Va.
3.64 Management
Kacee Camp
Augusta St.
Soph. Harlem, Ga.
4.00 Biology
Sara DeMuth
Augusta St.
Soph. Plant City, Fla.
4.00 Undeclared
Carrie Jones Columbus St. Jr. Midland, Ga.
3.93 Health Science (Excercise Science)
Kimberly Kennedy Augsuta St. Sr. Rutledge, Ga.
3.85 Biology
Lauren Locklear USC Aiken Jr. Charleston, S.C. 3.42 Business Marketing
Mariko Nomura Ga. Southwestern Sr. Richmond, Canada 4.00 Early Childhood Education
Jessica Skeels North Georgia Sr. Lawrenceville, Ga. 3.97 Middle Grades Education
Michaela Wolf Francis Marion Sr. Littleton, Colo. 3.58 Mass Communications


Second Team

Leann Barber Augusta St. Sr. Wrightsville, Ga. 3.72 Early Childhood Education
Jessica Birchmeier Francis Marion Sr. Port Richey, Fla. 3.41 Accounting
Gabby Buck Ga. Southwestern Soph. Fayetteville, Ga. 3.93 Early Childhood Education
Lynn Grantham UNC Pembroke Jr. Goldsboro, N.C. 3.38 Undecided
Kasey Knight North Georgia Jr. Watkinsville, Ga. 3.50 Physical Education Leadership
Britni McCall Columbus St. Sr. Barnesville, Ga. 3.89 Exercise Science
Caroline Newman UNC Pembroke Jr. Fair Bluff, N.C. 3.34 Nursing
Randi Pruitt UNC Pembroke Sr. Maiden, N.C. 3.35 Athletic Training
Natalie Smith Lander Sr. Hollywood, Fla. 3.70 Mass Communications