NCCSIA Announces 2016 University Division All-State Softball Teams

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2016 University Division All-State Softball Teams on Wednesday.  Twenty-three student-athletes representing eight different North Carolina universities were named to the 2016 NCCSIA University Division All-State Softball Teams.

UNCG and Western Carolina lead the way with three first-team honorees and five overall selections each. Charlotte has four total honorees, while UNCW and Elon have three apiece, and Campbell, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T each have one representative.

The first team All-State pitchers are repeat selections Taylor Sigmon of Western Carolina and Lexi Betancourt of Charlotte. Sigmon received first team all-conference recognition in the Southern Conference after posting 13 wins and eight saves with a 2.81 ERA and 202 strikeouts. Betancourt was selected second team all-conference in Conference USA with 20 victories, a 2.64 ERA and 186 strikeouts.

First team All-State catcher Lindsay Thomas of UNCG became just the fifth player in Southern Conference history to be a four-time first team all-conference selection, and was also chosen to the NFCA all-region team. Thomas topped UNCG with a .411 batting average, 72 hits, 53 runs scored, 18 doubles, 16 home runs, a .811 slugging percentage and a .480 on-base percentage.

The first team All-State infielders consist of Haley Pace of Charlotte, Crystal Cyr and Karley Harkey of Western Carolina, and Jenny Tracy of North Carolina Central. Pace was selected to the NFCA all-region second-team with a .345 batting average, 61 hits, 37 runs scored, 49 RBI, 11 doubles and nine home runs. Cyr received all-region second-team and all-SoCon first-team honors after leading the team with a .335 batting average, 57 hits, 50 RBI, 16 home runs, a .659 slugging percentage and 22 walks. All-SoCon second-team selection Harkey collected a .311 batting average with 50 hits, 27 runs scored, 29 RBI, eight home runs and a slugging percentage of .540. Tracy recorded a .307 batting average with 42 hits, 13 runs scored, 18 RBI, seven doubles and a team-best five home runs.

The first team All-State outfielders are made up of Emma Ocker of Charlotte, Kara Shutt of Elon and Raven Gray of North Carolina A&T. Ocker secured a spot on the Conference USA all-conference first-team after batting .343 with 61 hits, 39 runs scored, 15 RBI, five doubles and four triples. Shutt received first team all-region and all-conference honors with a .399 batting average, 69 hits, 37 runs scored, 29 RBI, 21 doubles, four triples and a slugging percentage of .601. Gray earned all-conference first-team recognition with a .369 batting average, 55 hits, 32 runs scored, 29 RBI, eight doubles, four triples and four home runs.

Rounding out the first team All-State are UNCG teammates Stephanie Bryden at utility and Nicole Thomas as a designated player.  The SoCon Freshman of the Year, Bryden batted .336 with 21 runs scored, 24 RBI and a slugging percentage of .496, while capturing 12 victories and 129 strikeouts inside the circle. Thomas earned first team all-SoCon and all-region honors after batting .357 with 41 hits, 43 RBI, nine doubles and eight home runs.

The all-state second team consists of pitchers Alicia Bazonski (UNCG) and Peyton Jordan (UNCW); catcher Madison Armstrong (Western Carolina); infielders Danielle Vega (UNCG), Hannah Adamczyk (UNCW), Grace Beatty (Charlotte) and Erica Serafini (Elon); outfielders Alaina Hall (Elon), Merritt Wilkinson (UNCW) and Courtney Price (Western Carolina); and designated player Amber Schisler (Campbell).

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association

2016 University Division All-State Softball Teams

 

First Team

 
 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

P

Taylor Sigmon %

Sr.

Western Carolina

Catawba, N.C.

P

Lexi Betancourt %$

Sr.

Charlotte

Garner, N.C.

C

Lindsay Thomas $&

Sr.

UNCG

Irvine, Calif.

IF

Haley Pace %

So.

Charlotte

Winston-Salem, N.C.

IF

Crystal Cyr %

Sr.

Western Carolina

Citra, Fla.

IF

Karley Harkey

Sr.

Western Carolina

Cleveland, N.C.

IF

Jenny Tracy

Sr.

N.C. Central

La Grande, Ore.

OF

Emma Ocker

Fr.

Charlotte

Gilbert, Ariz.

OF

Kara Shutt %

So.

Elon

Greensboro, N.C.

OF

Raven Gray

Jr.

North Carolina A&T

Forest City, N.C.

UTL

Stephanie Bryden

Fr.

UNCG

Orlando, Fla.

DP

Nicole Thomas

Sr.

UNCG

Irvine, Calif.

 
 
 
 
 

Second Team

 
 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

P

Alicia Bazonski

So.

UNCG

Sheffield, Mass.

P

Peyton Jordan

Jr.

UNCW

Waxhaw, N.C.

C

Madison Armstrong

Fr.

Western Carolina

Gastonia, N.C.

IF

Danielle Vega $

Sr.

UNCG

Rialto, Calif.

IF

Hannah Adamczyk

Fr.

UNCW

Indian Trail, N.C.

IF

Grace Beatty %

So.

Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C.

IF

Erica Serafini

Fr.

Elon

Tampa, Fla.

OF

Alaina Hall %$

Jr.

Elon

Suwanee, Ga.

OF

Merritt Wilkinson

Jr.

UNCW

Burlington, N.C.

OF

Courtney Price %$

Jr.

Western Carolina

Matthews, N.C.

DP

Amber Schisler

Jr.

Campbell

San Diego, Calif.

 

% - Named to 2015 All-State Team

$ - Named to 2014 All-State Team

& - Named to 2013 All-State Team