On Field & In Classroom, Smith Leads Softball All-Academic
Mckenzie Smith leads the Cavaliers in batting average and is among the GNAC leaders in earned run average.
Mckenzie Smith leads the Cavaliers in batting average and is among the GNAC leaders in earned run average.

Monday, April 29, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – As part of the first Concordia class to play all four years as an NCAA Division II member, Mckenzie Smith has excelled at a high level in both the classroom and on the softball diamond.

The senior, who has seen starting time at pitcher, first base and as a designated player, is one of 13 three-time selections to the 2019 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball All-Academic Team.

Smith, who has a 3.87 cumulative grade point average as a business major, is among the Cavaliers’ leaders both in the circle and at the plate. She leads Concordia with a .319 batting average and is among the GNAC leaders with a 14-8 record and a 3.53 earned run average as a pitcher.

Smith is one of 22 student-athletes that are repeat selections to the Softball All-Academic Team. Joining her as a three-time selection is Central Washington seniors Kayla Ellis and Rachael Johnson, Concordia senior Courtney Somers, Northwest Nazarene seniors Lauren Bassett, Cassidy Fifield, Shelbie Martinez and Kylie Orr; Saint Martin’s seniors Lauren Diuco and Sabrina Hicks; and Western Oregon seniors Haley Fabian, Jenna Kelly and Ryanne Whitaker.

Leading the Softball All-Academic Team in terms of GPA is Western Oregon sophomore Allyson Drury, who has a 4.00 GPA as a biology major. She is one of seven honorees with a 3.8 GPA or better.

Central Washington led all schools with 13 selections to the Softball All-Academic Team. Western Oregon had 10 honorees.

Selections to the GNAC All-Academic Teams must be of sophomore standing or greater, have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better and be in their second season of competition at the nominating institution.


Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Alycia Bannan Undeclared So. 3.89 Orting, Wash.
Sydney Brown Undeclared So. 3.83 Vancouver, Wash.
Alee Cruz Undeclared So. 3.20 Selah, Wash.
*+ Kayla Ellis Liberal Arts & Science Sr. 3.88 Mill Creek, Wash.
*+ Rachael Johnson Family & Consumer Science Sr. 3.50 Spokane, Wash.
Katie Kastning Undeclared So. 3.44 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
* Paige Liikala Health Professions Jr. 3.24 West Richland, Wash.
Theresa Moyle Undeclared So. 3.68 Weiser, Idaho
Julia Reuble Psychology Jr. 3.27 Edmonds, Wash.
* Kayla Smith Education Sr. 3.42 Buckley, Wash.
Lexie Strasser Undeclared So. 3.38 Chehalis, Wash.
Taylor Williams Psychology Jr. 3.25 Brea, Calif.
Maddy Zerr Undeclared So. 3.75 Selah, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Macy Besuyen Business So. 3.36 Hillsboro, Ore.
Elena Cook Biology Jr. 3.76 Boise, Idaho
Kayla Lagerquist Biology So. 3.29 Washougal, Wash.
Tori O’Neill Social Work Sr. 3.46 Camas, Wash.
Mariah Peterson Business Jr. 3.27 Des Moines, Wash.
Tenli Petty Biology Sr. 3.29 Puyallup, Wash.
*+ Mckenzie Smith Business Jr. 3.87 Victoria, B.C.
*+ Courtney Somers Biology Sr. 3.61 Victoria, B.C.
Marisa Stockton Business So. 3.68 Stockton, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Georgiabelle Benning Health & Human Performance:
Human Performance
So. 3.66 Puyallup, Wash.
Kelsee Bushell Business Administration: Marketing Sr. 3.68 Plain City, Utah
Shayla Felix Business Administration: Marketing Sr. 3.48 Bloomfield, N.M.
Brittanee Fisher Health & Human Performance:
So. 3.77 Billings, Mont.
Allie Hughes Health & Human Performance:
Human Performance
So. 3.52 Sparks, Nev.
* Maddy Lincoln Elementary Education Jr. 3.46 Olympia, Wash.
Sydney Norwood Health & Human Performance:
Human Performance
So. 3.33 Billings, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Lauren Bassett Elementary Education Sr. 3.74 Nampa, Idaho
*+ Cassidy Fifield Chemistry Sr. 3.92 Lake Stevens, Wash.
Ivy Hommel Secondary Education So. 3.69 Boise, Idaho
Emma Longoria Elementary Education So. 3.51 Caldwell, Idaho
*+ Shelbie Martinez Social Work Sr. 3.47 Meridian, Idaho
*+ Kylie Orr Secondary Education: Kinesiology Sr. 3.89 Meridian, Idaho
Lyndzie Parker Marketing Sr. 3.38 Kuna, Idaho
Anna Williams Psychology Sr. 3.49 Filer, Idaho
* Rae Young Criminal Justice Jr. 3.68 Wilton, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Lauren Diuco Business Administration Sr. 3.34 Mission Viejo, Calif.
*+ Sabrina Hicks Business Administration Sr. 3.57 Elk Grove, Calif.
Julia Lucas Criminology & Criminal Justice So. 3.74 San Jose, Calif.
* Lauren Maley Sociology/Cultural Anthropology Sr. 3.41 Ferndale, Wash.
Emery Norwood Civil Engineering So. 3.59 Tacoma, Wash.
* Jessica O’Toole Educational Studies Jr. 3.75 Puyallup, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Kate Fergusson Health Sciences So. 3.28 Vancouver, B.C.
+ Samantha Ruffett Business Administration Sr. 3.49 Brampton, Ont.
* Amanda Janes Health Sciences Jr. 3.56 Brampton, Ont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Ayanna Arceneaux Political Science So. 3.32 Puyallup, Wash.
Chandler Bishop Community Health Education Jr. 3.22 Arlington, Ore.
Sydney Bowers Community Health Education So. 3.39 Eugene, Ore.
Kennedy Coy School Health Education Jr. 3.23 Gladstone, Ore.
Tyler Creach Business So. 3.59 Bend, Ore.
Allyson Drury Biology So. 4.00 Dairyville, Calif.
*+ Haley Fabian Business Sr. 3.73 East Wenatchee, Wash.
*+ Jenna Kelly Business Sr. 3.49 Beaverton, Ore.
Maddie McClelland Exercise Science So. 3.40 Vancouver, Wash.
*+ Ryanne Whitaker Social Science Sr. 3.60 Monmouth, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
# Emily Benson Psychology Sr. 3.30 West Richland, Wash.
Kira Doan Biology So. 3.51 Brier, Wash.
Erica Hardy Business Administration So. 3.45 Henderson, Nev.
* Kylisa Hull Mathematics Jr. 3.73 Redmond, Wash.
Lauren Lo Accounting So. 3.73 Issaquah, Wash.
Mackenzie Palmer Manufacturing & Supply Chain
So. 3.83 Federal Way, Wash.
Makinlee Sellevold Physical Education Sr. 3.24 Everett, Wash.
Sierra Tibbetts Communications Studies So. 3.29 Lake Havasu, Ariz
Rylie Wales Kinesiology So. 3.38 Snohomish, Wash.
* - 2018 All-Academic Selection    + - 2017 All-Academic Selection # - 2016 All-Academic Selection