Watson, Vargas and Brooks Earn NSAA Softball Awards

Watson, Vargas and Brooks Earn NSAA Softball Awards

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its Softball All-Conference and postseason awards Monday by the conference office.  The NSAA Softball All-Conference Teams and postseason awards were voted by the league coaches.

The 2016 NSAA All-Conference First Team consists of 20 selections, including five at-large selections.  Dickinson State (N.D.) had five selections on the first-team, while Valley City State (N.D.) and Bellevue (Neb.) each had four selections.

There is also a Second Team All-Conference with 13 selections.  The NSAA Softball have a new honor this year, a Gold Glove team for displaying their outstanding defensive performances.

In NSAA postseason awards, Alex Vargas of Dickinson State was voted as Player-of-the-Year.  Blue Hawk Alexzandria Watson was named to Pitcher-of-the-Year.  Abigail Brooks of DiSU was chosen as Freshman-of-the-Year.  Michala Cimino of Bellevue (Neb.) was chosen as the NSAA Softball Coach-of-the-Year.

Dickinson State won both the NSAA Softball Conference Regular-Season (19-3 record) and Postseason Tournament titles.

Below are the complete listings of all All-Conference Teams selections and postseason awards:

2016 North Star Athletic Association Softball All-Conference First Team:

Position

First Name, Last Name

Year

School

Hometown

P

Alex Watson

Sophomore

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Bellflower, Calif.

P

Kelli Fisher

Junior

Bellevue (Neb.)

Yutan, Neb.

P

Kathleen Gallais

Sophomore

Valley City State (N.D.)

Lumsden, Sask. Canada

C

Elizabeth Rubalcava

Senior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Pomona, Calif.

INF

Alex Vargas

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Riverside, Calif.

INF

Emily Newman

Senior

Jamestown (N.D.)

Victoria, B.C. Canada

INF

Cejay Hilhorst

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Killarney, Manitoba Canada

INF

Kate Cameron

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Alameda, Sask. Canada

INF

Monique Yslas

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Garden Grove, Calif.

OF

McKenzie Kenobbie

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Orangevale, Calif.

OF

Sarah Zeleny

Sophomore

Bellevue (Neb.)

Gretna, Neb.

OF

Sydney Jeffers

Senior

Jamestown (N.D.)

Richmond, B.C. Canada

OF

Kaitlyn Goney

Junior

Bellevue (Neb.)

Omaha, Neb.

DP

Alexandria Tinoco

Junior

Mayville State (N.D.)

Sacramento, Calif.

UTIL

Brianna Grayson

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Wilmington, Calif.

At-Large

Autumn Wang

Senior

Jamestown (N.D.)

Devils Lake, N.D.

At-Large

Morgan Nalley

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Pocatello, Idaho

At-Large

Nina Gurgian

Junior

Mayville State (N.D.)

Claremont, Calif.

At-Large

Emily Miller

Freshman

Bellevue (Neb.)

Aberdeen, S.D.

At-Large

Tiffany Soria

Senior

Mayville State (N.D.)

Paramount, Calif.

 

2016 North Star Athletic Association Softball All-Conference Second Team:

Position

First Name, Last Name

Year

School

Hometown

P

Kayla Reynolds

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Renton, Wash.

P

Brittany Rheault

Sophomore

Jamestown (N.D.)

West Fargo, N.D.

C

Brenda Cruz

Freshman

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Milpitas, Calif.

INF

McKenzie Bassett

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Wellsville, Utah

INF

Hattie Hupke

Sophomore

Waldorf (Iowa)

Carlisle, Iowa

INF

Shelby Anderson

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Yutan, Neb.

INF

Emily Gigax

Sophomore

Bellevue (Neb.)

Omaha, Neb.

OF

Kelsey Ludwig

Freshman

Viterbo (Wis.)

Mosinee, Wis.

OF

Haylee Hemmert

Junior

Presentation (S.D.)

Hyrum, Utah

OF

Kiana Ishikawa

Sophomore

Mayville State (N.D.)

Henderson, Nev.

UTIL

Audrey Kosman

Freshman

Dakota State (S.D.)

Bensenville, Ill.

At-Large

Andrea Hartmann

Senior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Red Bud, Ill.

At-Large

Katarina Boychuk

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Canada

 

            PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR:                      Alex Vargas – Dickinson State (N.D.)
            PITCHER-OF-THE-YEAR:                    Alex Watson – Dickinson State (N.D.)
            FRESHMAN-OF-THE-YEAR:                Abi Brooks – Dickinson State (N.D.)
            COACH-OF-THE-YEAR:                       Michala Cimino – Bellevue (Neb.)

2016 North Star Athletic Association Softball Gold Glove Team:

Position

First Name, Last Name

Year

School

Hometown

C

Brianna Grayson

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Wilmington, Calif.

1B

Emily Newman

Senior

Jamestown (N.D.)

Victoria, B.C. Canada

2B

Katie Cameron

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Alameda, Sask. Canada

3B

Shelby Anderson

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Yutan, Neb.

SS

Rylee Perez

Senior

Jamestown (N.D.)

Indio, Calif.

OF

Sydney Jeffers

Senior

Jamestown (N.D.)

Richmond, B.C. Canada

OF

Kylie Macaig

Freshman

Jamestown (N.D.)

Airdrie, Alberta Canada

OF

Brittani Sanchez

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Mason City, Iowa

P

Haley Kravetz

Sophomore

Mayville State (N.D.)

Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada


Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director