Northwest Nazarene's Fifield Leads Softball All-Academic
In addition to her leading 3.92 GPA as a chemistry major, Cassidy Fifield is batting .335 in 46 games for Northwest Nazarene.
In addition to her leading 3.92 GPA as a chemistry major, Cassidy Fifield is batting .335 in 46 games for Northwest Nazarene.

Friday, April 28, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – One of Northwest Nazarene’s top performers on the field is also the league’s top softball performers in the classroom as Crusaders’ sophomore Cassidy Fifield leads 52 honorees on the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball All-Academic Team.

Fifield, an infielder, has compiled a 3.92 cumulative grade point average as a chemistry major. On the field, Fifield has been one of the Crusaders’ top hitter with a .335 batting average while starting all 46 games. She leads the team and is tied for first in the GNAC with 23 stolen bases.

Fifield is one of six selections with a GPA higher than 3.80. She is joined by Crusaders’ senior Abigail Watkins (3.86 in recreation sports management) and sophomore Kylie Orr (3.80 in secondary education: kinesiology); Concordia seniors Mattie Boucher (3.83 in business administration) and Meghan Luebbert (3.80 in nursing); and Saint Martin’s junior Lindsay Miller (8.83 in accounting).

A total of 21 players were repeat selections to the team, with five players earning their third selections to the team. The five three-time honorees are Central Washington seniors Kailyn Campbell and Taylor Ferleman; Saint Martin’s seniors Jackie Schmaeling and Alyssa Slate and Western Washington senior Kali Patterson.

Concordia, in its second full year in the GNAC, leads all teams with 11 selections, which accounts for nearly half of the Cavaliers’ 24 rostered players. Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene and Saint Martin’s each had eight selections.

To be selected for the GNAC All-Academic Team, student-athletes must be of sophomore standing or better, have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better and be in their second season at the nominating institution.

Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Kailyn Campbell Anthropology/Primate Behavior Sr. 3.23 Duvall, Wash.
Kayla Ellis Undeclared So. 3.79 Mill Creek, Wash.
*+ Taylor Ferleman Communications Sr. 3.68 Bellevue, Wash.
Rachel Johnson Undeclared So. 3.37 Spokane, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Mattie Boucher Business Administration Sr. 3.83 Chehalis, Wash.
* Traci Crollard Exercise Science Jr. 3.43 Vancouver, Wash.
Jessica Lambourn Nursing So. 3.28 Mukilteo, Wash.
* Meghan Luebbert Nursing Sr. 3.80 Sandy, Ore.
Karlie Merritt Exercise Science Sr. 3.34 Sparks, Nev.
Kelsie Merritt Exercise Science Jr. 3.21 Sparks, Nev.
* Tori Muir Psychology Jr. 3.76 Portland, Ore.
Tenli Petty Biology So. 3.40 Puyallup, Wash.
Mckenzie Smith Business So. 3.73 Victoria, B.C.
Courtney Somers Biology So. 3.55 Victoria, B.C.
* Lauren Warner Business Jr. 3.32 Vancouver, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Amanda Barham Marketing Jr. 3.52 Sparks, Nev.
Kelsey Devlin History (Teaching Option) Sr. 3.22 Great Falls, Mont.
Katie Jackson Health Administration Sr. 3.64 Kent, Wash.
* Myrissa Prince Health/Human Performance Jr. 3.63 Sparks, Nev.
* Katlyn Stringari History (Teaching Option) Jr. 3.51 Shepherd, Mont.
Nicole Tiffany Elementary Education Sr. 3.20 Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
Taylor Tokach Liberal Studies Sr. 3.46 Mesa, Ariz.
Heather Tracy Finance Jr. 3.22 Boise, Idaho
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Lauren Bassett Elementary Education: Mathematics So. 3.56 Nampa, Idaho
Brooke Bonsen Recreation Sports Management: Sports Mangement Sr. 3.50 Lynden, Wash.
Cassidy Fifield Chemistry So. 3.92 Lake Stevens, Wash.
Shelby Martinez Social Work So. 3.37 Meridian, Idaho
Kylie Orr Secondary Education: Kinesiology So. 3.80 Meridian, Idaho
* Lily Paschal Psychology: Scientist/Practitioner Jr. 3.40 Lake Stevens, Wash.
* Lisa Sylvester Recreation Sports Management: Kinesiology/Coaching Jr. 3.49 Bend, Ore.
* Abigail Watkins Recreation Sports Management: Athletic Training Sr. 3.86 Yakima, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Lauren Diuco Business Administration So. 3.31 Mission Viejo, Calif.
Sabrina Hicks Business Administration So. 3.50 Elk Grove, Calif.
* Lindsay Miller Accounting Jr. 3.83 Damascus, Ore.
* Paige Miller Business Administration Jr. 3.65 Everett, Wash.
* Kim Nelson Business Administration Jr. 3.70 Fremont, Calif.
*+ Jackie Schmaeling History Sr. 3.79 El Dorado Hills, Calif.
*+ Alyssa Slate Psychology Sr. 3.67 Antioch, Calif.
Taylor Wolf Biology Jr. 3.26 Gervais, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Meghan Malkowich Undeclared Jr. 3.47 New Westminster, B.C.
Samantha Ruffett Business Administration So. 3.40 Brampton, Ont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Haley Fabian Business So. 3.55 East Wenatchee, Wash.
Ryanne Huffman Sociology So. 3.37 Monmouth, Ore.
Jenna Kelly Business So. 3.38 Beaverton, Ore.
Destiny Kuehl Exercise Science Sr. 3.24 Portland, Ore.
Courtney Lau Hee Psychology So. 3.43 Pukalani, Hawaii
* Ashlee Lynch Biology Sr. 3.33 Corona, Calif.
* Ku’ulei Siolo Business Sr. 3.53 Aberdeen, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Mackenzie Hughes Anthropology Sr. 3.24 Ellensburg, Wash.
Shearyna Labasan Biology So. 3.28 Mililani, Hawaii
*+ Kali Patterson Kinesiology Sr. 3.27 Bonney Lake, Wash.
Morgan VanRiper Biology So. 3.35 Kalama, Wash.


* - 2015-16 All-Academic Selection
+ - 2014-15 All-Academic Selection