College Softball News – Guilford Students Honored for Academic Excellence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Guilford College’s softball team placed a school-record 14 student-athletes on the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association’s All-America Scholar-Athlete list released Tuesday. The 14 Quakers were among 7,365 students honored from the organization’s seven membership divisions, including 1,825 from NCAA Division III. Honorees recorded at least a 3.5 grade point average for the 2016-17 school year.

Guilford’s All-America Scholar-Athletes are as follows (with previous recognition years):
Sarah Adams (Fr., IF, Randleman, N.C./Randleman)
Caroline Barnette (Sr., IF, Matthews, N.C./Butler) – 2016
Kayli Blankenship (Fr., OF, Pittsboro, N.C./Northwood)
Taylor Boyd (Sr., IF, Wake Forest, N.C./South Granville)
Natalie Conrad (Fr., OF, Greensboro, N.C./Southern Guilford)
Ella Coscia (Sr., OF/Morrisville, Pa./George School)
Haley Green (Jr., P/OF, Reidsville, N.C./Page) – 2016
Darby Kozan (Jr., OF, Morgantown, Pa./Twin Valley) – 2016, 2015
Courtney Lackey (Jr., P, North Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) – 2016, 2015
Rebekah Langston (Sr., P, Belhaven, N.C./Washington) – 2016
Tyler Miles (Sr., P, Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) – 2016
Erin Ogden (Sr., C, Spring Hope, N.C./Southern Nash) – 2016, 2015
Abbie Worsham (Fr., C, Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro)
Savannah Yale (So., Yadkinville, N.C./Forbush) – 2016

In addition to a historic academic achievement, coach Dennis Shores’ Quakers also enjoyed success on the field. Guilford won a school-record 30 games and went 14-6 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, another Guilford standard. The wins marks are two of 29 school records set in 2017. The Quakers were ranked in the season’s first NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Poll. Shores could return as many as 18 letterwinners in 2018.