Eleven members of the 2015 Luther College softball team have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athletes.
To achieve this honor, a student-athlete must have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.0 scale, at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.
The 2015 NFCA Scholar Athletes and the class they were in during the 2015 season are senior Kelsey Rose (Bettendorf, Iowa); juniors Paige Lobdell (Sterling, Ill.), Carli Radil (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Lindsey Uphoff (Prior Lake, Minn.); sophomores Sara Nelson (Lakeville, Minn.) and Amanda Witzlib (Germantown, WIs.); and freshmen Isabella Alvarado (La Crosse, Wis.), Ashley Burrows (Bondurant, Iowa), Kelsey Rox (La Crosse, Wis.), Natalie Stockman (Glencoe, Minn.) and Anna Strien (Cedar Falls, Iowa).
Luther was also recognized by the NFCA as an All-Academic Team (GPA of 3.0 or higher). Luther’s entire roster compiled a team grade-point-average of 3.31 and was ranked 54th of the 95 Division III teams that earned this honor.
The 2015 campaign proved to be another outstanding season for the Norse softball team. The Norse were ranked in the NFCA Top-25 the entire year, including a final ranking of 13th. Luther won the Iowa Conference championship and made a seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA III Regional playoffs. The Norse finished with an overall record of 38-6. The Norse are coached by Renae Hartl who has tallied a record of 433-161 in 14 seasons.