Story written by Eric Rhew of UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2018 University Division All-State Softball Teams on Monday. A total of 24 student-athletes from seven different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
Gardner-Webb led all schools with six selections, including three picks on the All-State First Team, while Elon followed with four honorees. UNCW, Charlotte, Campbell and Western Carolina each had three players honored while NC Central received a pair of All-State nods.
Elon senior Kara Shutt and Charlotte senior Haley Pace highlight the First-Team selections after earning First-Team All-State distinction for the third consecutive season. Shutt, a Third-Team NFCA All-America selection, earned her third straight First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honor after batting .425 with 42 runs scored and 21 doubles, which tied her own school single-season record.
Pace, meanwhile, claimed a spot on the All-Conference USA First Team for the second year in a row after authoring a .348 batting average with eight home runs and 36 runs batted in. The Winston-Salem, N.C., product closes out her career as the 49ers' all-time leader in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, RBI and home runs.
UNCW sophomore Dominique Travers earned the All-State First Team nod as the designated player after pacing the Seahawks with a .302 average. The Second-Team All-CAA performer also blasted a team-high seven home runs and finished the season with a nine-game hitting streak en route to CAA All-Tournament Team honors.
Gardner-Webb freshman Katie Prebble, Elon senior Hannah Olson and Campbell redshirt sophomore Rachel McCollum joined Pace to comprise the All-State First Team infield. Prebble, who is the first player in Big South Conference history to receive Player-of-the-Year and Rookie-of-the-Year honors, received Third-Team All-America honors by the NFCA after posting a .438 batting average with 23 home runs and 71 runs batted in.
Olson received her second career All-State honor after a senior season that saw her earn CAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year notice and a spot on the NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team. The Yorktown, Va., product fashioned a .387 batting average with 16 doubles and 36 runs batted in.
McCollum, a First-Team All-Big South Conference pick, ranked 11th in NCAA Division I with 19 home runs while finishing 13th in the nation with 143 total bases. She also garnered Third-Team All-Southeast Region honors and has blasted 40 home runs in her career, which are just two shy of the program record.
Western Carolina junior Hunter Gibbons and Gardner-Webb junior Andria Booth teamed up with Shutt to round out the First-Team All-State outfield. Gibbons, who earned a spot on the All-State First Team for the second straight year, hit .263 with 11 home runs and 31 runs scored en route to Second-Team All-Southern Conference distinction. The Woodleaf, N.C., native ranks second in program history with 28 career home runs and 101 career runs batted in.
Booth, meanwhile, was a Second-Team All-Region and All-Conference pick after leading the nation with a school-record 94 hits. She led the Big South Conference with a .477 batting average and ranked among the national leaders with 30 stolen bases.
Charlotte senior Haley Wiseman and NC Central senior Courtney Mirabella were tabbed as the All-State First Team pitchers. A Second-Team All-State honoree last year, Wiseman recorded a 2.87 earned run average while posting a 12-19 record in 33 appearances. The Winter Haven, Fla., product received Second-Team All-Conference USA recognition for the second year in a row and finished with 191 strikeouts in 197.2 innings.
Honored as the NC Central Female Athlete-of-the-Year, Mirabella put together a First-Team All-MEAC campaign with an 18-16 record in the circle and an impressive 1.66 earned run average. Mirabella, a product of Bradenton, Fla., set a school record with 306 strikeouts while throwing 227.2 innings with 28 complete games.
Gardner-Webb senior Rachel Cumiskey returned to the All-State list as the First-Team catcher. A starter in 50-of-51 games during her final campaign, the Chesterfield, Va., native hit .272 with five home runs and 31 runs batted in. She also fashioned 37 hits while scoring 29 runs and boasted a .970 fielding percentage.
A First-Team All-Big South Conference selection, McCurry completes the All-State First Team after ranking among the Big South Conference leaders in home runs (18), runs batted in (57), slugging percentage (.684) and total bases (108). McCurry, a native of Asheville, N.C., posted 13 multi-hit games, including a career-high four hits against North Carolina A&T, and hit two home runs in the same game four times.
The All-State Second Team infield includes NC Central sophomore Ava Dolan, Campbell junior Caroline Smith, Western Carolina sophomore Ashlyn Long and Gardner-Webb freshman Katie Stettler. UNCW junior Lacey Fox and Elon junior Tia Mitchell join Gardner-Webb senior Kaylee Wacaster to make up the All-State Second Team outfield while UNCW senior Sarah Davis and Elon senior Kiandra Mitchum were named as the All-State Second Team pitchers.
Gardner-Webb senior Maddi Johnson was honored as the All-State Second Team designated player while Western Carolina junior Madison Armstrong received the All-State Second Team nod at catcher. Charlotte senior Bailey Rhoney completes the All-State Second Team as the utility player selection.
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.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2018 University Division All-State Softball Teams
|DP||Dominique Travers||SO||UNC Wilmington||Montclair, Va.|
|IF||Haley Pace $%@||SR||Charlotte||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|IF||Katie Prebble||FR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Pomfret, Md.|
|IF||Hannah Olson &||SR||Elon Univ.||Yorktown, Va.|
|IF||Rachel McCollum||RSO||Campbell Univ.||Seven Springs, N.C.|
|OF||Kara Shutt $%@||SR||Elon Univ.||Greensboro, N.C.|
|OF||Andria Booth||JR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Dacula, Ga.|
|OF||Hunter Gibbons $||JR||Western Carolina Univ.||Woodleaf, N.C.|
|P||Haley Wiseman #||SR||Charlotte||Winter Haven, Fla.|
|P||Courtney Mirabella||SR||NC Central Univ.||Bradenton, Fla.|
|UTL||Lizabeth McCurry||RSR||Campbell Univ.||Asheville, N.C.|
|C||Rachel Cumiskey &||SR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Chesterfield, Va.|
|DP||Maddi Johnson||SR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Gilbert, Ariz.|
|IF||Ava Dolan||SO||NC Central Univ.||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|IF||Caroline Smith #||JR||Campbell Univ.||Wilson, N.C.|
|IF||Ashlyn Long||SO||Western Carolina Univ.||Willow Spring, N.C.|
|IF||Katie Stettler||FR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Powhatan, Va.|
|OF||Kaylee Wacaster||JR||Gardner-Webb Univ.||Shelby, N.C.|
|OF||Lacey Fox||JR||UNC Wilmington||Statesville, N.C.|
|OF||Tia Mitchell||JR||Elon Univ.||Dublin, Ga.|
|P||Kiandra Mitchum $||SR||Elon Univ.||Mechanicsville, Va.|
|P||Sarah Davis #||SR||UNC Wilmington||Burlington, N.C.|
|UTL||Bailey Rhoney||SR||Charlotte||Taylorsville, N.C.|
|C||Madison Armstrong #^||JR||Western Carolina Univ.||Gastonia, N.C.|
$ - First-Team All-State in 2017
# - Second-Team All-State in 2017
% - First-Team All-State in 2016
^ - Second-Team All-State in 2016
& - First-Team All-State in 2015
@ - Second-Team All-State in 2015
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