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 –
SENIOR – 3.97 GPA – FIRST-TEAM
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 – JUNIOR – 3.50 GPA – SECOND-TEAM
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.
||Francis Marion||Sr.||Manassas, Va.
||Soph.||Plant City, Fla.
|Carrie Jones||Columbus St.||Jr.||Midland, Ga.
||3.93||Health Science (Excercise Science)|
|Kimberly Kennedy||Augsuta St.||Sr.||Rutledge, Ga.
|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|
|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|