By Eric Rhew, UNCW
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017 University Division All-State Softball Teams on Thursday. A total of 23 student-athletes from five different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
UNCW led all schools with eight selections, including four picks on the first team, while Charlotte followed with five total honorees.
Senior Peyton Jordan of UNCW and junior Kiandra Mitchum of Elon were named as the pitchers on the All-State first team. Jordan, a second team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, fashioned a 15-8 record with a 1.66 earned run average en route to First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. Mitchum, meanwhile, became the first pitcher in the Phoenix's Division I history to earn First-Team All-CAA distinction after posting an 18-13 record with three saves and a 2.18 earned run average.
Elon senior Carey Million was named as the First-Team All-State catcher after earning a spot on the NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team. The Roebling, N.J., product, who received Second-Team All-CAA notice, set a school record with 48 runs batted in while batting .329 with seven home runs.
UNCW sophomore Rachel Willis and junior Kelsey Bryan joined Charlotte juniors Grace Beatty and Haley Pace to form the First-Team All-State infield. Willis, a unanimous selection, paced the Seahawks with a .344 batting average and earned Third-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors at first base. The Angier, N.C., product led the CAA with 356 putouts and ranked 10th in the league with 38 runs batted in.
Bryan became the first UNCW player to garner CAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year accolades after pacing the eight-team circuit with 136 assists. The Garner, N.C., native started all 56 games at shortstop for the Seahawks and ranked second on the team with a .342 batting average while serving as the team's leadoff hitter.
A three-time All-State pick, Beatty earned Third-Team All-Mideast Region honors by the NFCA after putting together a .377 batting average with 57 hits in 52 games. The Charlotte, N.C., product also ranked second in Conference USA with 16 doubles while contributing 57 hits for the 49ers.
Pace also received All-State notice for the third consecutive season after setting school records with a .433 batting average and 15 home runs. She also set the school single-season mark with 53 runs scored while matching the program mark with 71 hits. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., she received First-Team All-Conference USA accolades and a spot on the NFCA All-Mideast Region second team.
The NCCSIA All-State first team features four outfielders, including Elon junior Kara Shutt and senior Alaina Hall, Western Carolina sophomore Hunter Gibbons and Campbell senior Taesha DuBoise.
Hall, who earned her fourth consecutive First-Team All-State honor, led Elon to a 32-21 record and received Second-Team All-CAA recognition. The Suwanee, Ga., product hit a team-high .373 with 62 hits and 34 runs scored while driving in 22 runs. She finished her career with 234 hits, which is the second-highest total in program history, while scoring 125 runs.
Shutt was named All-State for the third straight year after receiving her second straight First-Team All-CAA award. The Greensboro, N.C., native ranked second on the team with a .333 batting average, 54 hits and three home runs. She tied for the team lead with 19 multi-hit efforts and stole six bases in seven attempts.
Gibbons, a native of Woodleaf, N.C., received the first All-State recognition of her career after being named Second-Team All-Southern Conference. She started all 48 games for the Catamounts and led the team with 47 hits, nine home runs and a .318 batting average. Gibbons also drove in 40 runs and set a school record with 16 doubles, which ranked second in the SoCon.
DuBoise appeared in 58 games for Campbell as a senior and finished with a .317 batting average while helping the Camels earn a spot in the National Invitational Softball Championship. The Stockbridge, Ga., native earned First-Team All-Big South Conference honors after scoring 37 runs with 10 doubles while fashioning 15 multi-hit games.
UNCW senior Nella Chamblee (utility) and Campbell senior Amber Schisler (designated player) complete the All-State First Team. Chamblee, a co-captain for the Seahawks, helped UNCW to a school-record 35 wins this season after hitting .278 while spending time at the catcher, first base and third base positions. The Wendell, N.C., native ranked third on the team with 28 runs batted in while her 27 walks were good for third in the CAA.
Meanwhile, Schisler enjoyed a stellar senior campaign that earned her Big South Conference Player-of-the-Year honors in addition to a spot on the NFCA Southeast All-Region Third Team. A First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America® pick, the San Diego, Calif., native hit .431 with 18 home runs and 50 runs batted in. She also ranked among the NCAA leaders with a .618 on-base percentage and set the NCAA record by reaching base in 26 consecutive plate appearances.
The NCCSIA All-State second team was led by UNCW's four selections, including senior infielder Lauren Moore, senior outfielder Merritt Wilkinson, junior pitcher Sarah Davis and sophomore infielder Hannah Adamczyk. Charlotte had three players picked to the second team, including freshman designated player Spenser Gray, sophomore infielder Meredith Harris and junior pitcher Haley Wiseman.
Campbell sophomore infielder Caroline Smith and Western Carolina senior outfielder Courtney Price also earned a spot on the second team.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by 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.
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2017 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
All-State University Division Softball Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
UTIL Nella Chamblee Sr. UNCW Wendell, N.C.
C Carey Million Sr. Elon Roebling, N.J.
DP Amber Schisler # Sr. Campbell San Diego, Calif.
INF Rachel Willis So. UNCW Angier, N.C.
INF Grace Beatty @ # Jr. Charlotte Charlotte, N.C.
INF Kelsey Bryan Jr. UNCW Garner, N.C.
INF Haley Pace @ # Jr. Charlotte Winston-Salem, N.C.
OF Kara Shutt @ # Jr. Elon Greensboro, N.C.
OF Hunter Gibbons So. Western Carolina Woodleaf, N.C.
OF Taesha DuBoise Sr. Campbell Stockbridge, Ga.
OF Alaina Hall ! @ # Sr. Elon Suwanee, Ga.
P Peyton Jordan # Sr. UNCW Waxhaw, N.C.
P Kiandra Mitchum Jr. Elon Mechanicsville, Va.
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
C Madison Armstrong # So. Western Carolina Gastonia, N.C.
DP Spenser Gray Fr. Charlotte Quakertown, Pa.
INF Lauren Moore Sr. UNCW Farmville, N.C.
INF Meredith Harris So. Charlotte Charlotte, N.C.
INF Hannah Adamczyk # So. UNCW Indian Trail, N.C.
INF Caroline Smith So. Campbell Wilson, N.C.
OF Merritt Wilkinson # Sr. UNCW Burlington, N.C.
OF Courtney Price ! @ # Sr. Western Carolina Matthews, N.C.
P Sarah Davis Jr. UNCW Burlington, N.C.
P Haley Wiseman Jr. Charlotte Winter Haven, Fla.
! – 2014 All-State Team
@ - 2015 All-State Team
# - 2016 All-State Team