Seven Panthers named All-America Scholar-Athletes
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Seven members of the 2019 Plymouth State University softball team earned national academic recognition when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) released its Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes from the 2018-19 academic year recently.
Seniors Caitlin Miller (Lee, N.H.) and Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.), junior Samantha Cushing (Amherst, N.H.) and recent graduates Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.), Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.), Kayla Nester (Fairfax, Vt.), Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) and Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) all attained the honor for the Panthers.
Over 8,000 student-athletes (8,161) between all three NCAA divisions, NAIA, Two-Year Colleges and high schools earned the distinction – a record for the NFCA. To be eligible, a student-athlete must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher for the 2018-19 academic year. NCAA Division III had the most student-athletes represented with 1,928.
As a team the Panthers accumulated a 3.55 team GPA, tied for the 26th highest among teams included and tops among Little East Conference (LEC) schools.
Under 16-year head coach Bruce Addison, Plymouth State finished last spring with a 22-18 record, surpassing the 20-win threshold for a third straight year. The Panthers went 11-5 in the Little East Conference (LEC) and fell just one game short of reaching the championship game of the LEC Tournament for a third consecutive time.
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