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April 30, 1998

DALLAS - Top performers on the field also are among the elite in the classroom as the league office announced its 62-member Softball Academic All-Big 12 team Thursday. Eight Red Raiders were listed, the second most in the conference behind Baylor's 11. Sophomore Paula Workman was one of just four nominees to achieve a 4.0 grade point average.

These student-athletes will be part of the third Big 12 Softball Tournament which begins April 30 when No. 8 seed Iowa State takes on No. 9 Missouri at 5 p.m. No. 7 Texas A&M will face No. 10 Baylor at 7:30 p.m. The losers of those contests will be eliminated while the winners will face the rest of the field in double-elimination rounds May 1 through May 3. Contests on May 1 and May 2 start at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. The championship contest is set for 2 p.m. on May 3.

Nominated by the directors of student-athlete support services and the athletic media relations directors, members of the all-academic teams have posted at least a 3.0 grade point average either cumulative or the previous two academic semesters and are regulars on their teams. First-team honorees are regulars who have at least a 3.2 grade point average, while those student-athletes with grade point averages of between 3.0 and 3.19 are listed as honorable mention.

Special recognition goes to four student-athletes who were nominated with 4.0 grad point averages. Iowa State freshman Kristin Ferguson, Kansas sophomore Katie Malone, Oklahoma freshman Mandy Fulton, and Texas Tech sophomore Paula Workman were each nominated with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Many of the Softball Academic All-Big 12 Team are also among the elite on the coaches' All-Big 12 Team for 1998, also announced Thursday at the pre-tournament banquet in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Big 12 Player of the Year Ali Viola of Nebraska heads the list of the double honorees in 1998. In addition to her academic accolades, the senior is also the first-team All-Big 12 shortstop. In all, half of the All-Big 12 squad, which consists of 36 players total, are also honored for their classroom work. First-team all-conference members on the academic all-league team include Kansas' Sara Holland, Missouri's Wendy Harrison, Nebraska's Viola, Oklahoma's Ashley Barrett, Texas' Nikki Cockrell and Jodi Reeves, and Texas Tech's Sandra Butler. Second-team All-Big 12 selections on the academic all-league team include Iowa State's Michelle Junod, Missouri's Stephanie Falk, Stacy Gemeinhardt, and Chrisy Skouby, Nebraska's Jamie Fuente, Jenny Smith, Oklahoma's Lisa Carey, Lana Moran, Oklahoma State's Michelle Singer, Shannon Sullivan, and Texas' Tiffiny Valdehueza.

This release along with more Big 12 information can be found on the Big 12 internet site at www.big12conf.com. The 1998 Softball Academic All-Big 12 Team is listed on the following page.

1998 Softball Academic All-Big 12 Team
(* indicates student-athletes nominated with a 4.0 grade point average) First Team

Name, Institution Class Major Hometown Stacey Allison, Baylor Jr. Biology Houston, Texas Heather Armstrong, Baylor Sr. Education Davis, Calif. Tori Birk, Baylor Jr. Information Systems Oklahoma City, Okla. Naomi Fitzgerald, Baylor Fr. Education Colleg Grove, Tenn. Shelly Green, Baylor Sr. Business Temple, Texas Lyn Hill, Baylor Jr. Computer Science Coppell, Texas Misty Perry, Baylor Jr. Social Work Irving, Texas Kathy Schoettle, Baylor Jr. Health Science Tuttle, Okla. Shadie Sickles, Baylor Jr. Education Torrance, Calif. Michelle Sorrels, Baylor Jr. Biology Edmond, Okla. Heather Williams, Baylor So. Health Science Vancouver, Wash. Missy Danilson, Iowa State Sr. Exercise/Sport Science Woodward, Iowa *Kristin Ferguson, Iowa State Fr. Mathematics Barnum, Minn. Cinnamon Gooding, Iowa State So. Civil Engineering Phoenix, Ariz. Michelle Junod, Iowa State So. Elementary/Special Education Ankeny, Iowa Heather Chambers, Kansas Fr. Secondary Education Kansas City, Kan. Jennifer Funkhouser, Kansas Sr. Biology Fallbrook, Calif. *Katie Malone, Kansas So. Chemical Engineering Dodge City, Kan. Sarah McCann, Kansas Sr. Elementary Education Kansas City, Mo. Christy McPhail, Kansas So. Pre-Pharmacy Overbrook, Kan. Shannon Stanwix, Kansas So. Community Health Lawrence, Kan. Julie True, Kansas Sr. Secondary Education Shawnee, Kan. Stephanie Falk, Missouri Fr. Pre-Health Related Professions Beaverton, Ore. Amy Farmer, Missouri So. Elementary Education Ankeny, Iowa Stacy Gemeinhardt, Missouri So. Social Work Belton, Mo. Wendy Harrison, Missouri Jr. PRT Yorba Linda, Calif. Karen Williams, Missouri Fr. Undeclared Gaylord, Mich. Ashley Woodall, Missouri Jr. Elementary Education St. Louis, Mo. Jessica Draemel, Nebraska Fr. Nutrition Omaha, Neb. Jamie Fuente, Nebraska Fr. Pre-Education Tulsa, Okla. Jenny Smith, Nebraska Sr. Consumer Science Education Fort Collins, Colo. Ashley Barrett, Oklahoma Fr. University Studies Oklahoma City, Okla. Lisa Carey, Oklahoma Fr. University Studies Topeka, Kan. *Mandy Fulton, Oklahoma Fr. University Studies Del City, Okla. Lana Moran, Oklahoma So. University Studies San Bernardino, Calif. Jaime White, Oklahoma Fr. University Studies Topeka, Kan. Michelle Singer, Oklahoma State Jr. Sociology Stockton, Calif. Shannon Sullivan, Oklahoma State Jr. Education Fair Oaks, Calif. Katie Wise, Oklahoma State Jr. Civil Engineering Downers Grove, Ill. Nikki Cockrell, Texas Jr. Sport Management Pasadena, Texas Autumn Eastes, Texas Fr. Kinesiology Lake Isabella, Calif. Keely Franks, Texas So. Kinesiology Roanoke, Texas Amanda Whalen, Texas A&M Fr. General Studies Houston, Texas Jennifer Beach, Texas Tech Fr. Undecided Temple, Texas Danielle Brady, Texas Tech Sr. Finance Placerville, Calif. Emily Hayes, Texas Tech Jr. Food & Nutrition Midland, Texas Ellen Middleton, Texas Tech So. Pre-Med DeSoto, Texas Christina Munoz, Texas Tech So. Pre-Occupational Therapy Carlsbad, N.M. *Paula Workman, Texas Tech So. Dietetics Austin, Texas

Honorable Mention Sara Holland, Kansas Sr. Psychology Bixby, Okla. Christina Skouby, Missouri Jr. Human Nutrition Marshall, Mo. Shayna Snarr, Missouri Jr. Art Peoria, Ill. Kelly Pinkepank, Nebraska Jr. Exercise Science Lenexa, Kan. Ali Viola, Nebraska Sr. Sociology Morrison, Colo. Jennifer Williams, Nebraska So. General Studies Choctaw, Okla. Nicole Myers, Oklahoma Jr. Management Houston, Texas Jennifer Olival, Oklahoma State So. Management Choctaw, Okla. Jodi Reeves, Texas So. Nutrition Kingwood, Texas Tiffiny Valdehueza, Texas Fr. Kinesiology Hercules, Calif. Amy Lawler, Texas A&M Fr. Health College Station, Texas Sandra Butler, Texas Tech Fr. Undecided Tucson, Ariz. Jennifer Kohler, Texas Tech Jr. Exercise & Sport Science Marysville, Calif.




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