Seven members of the 2016 Luther College softball team have been named Easton/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 2015-16 academic year.
The 2016 NFCA Scholar Athletes and the class they were in during the 2016 season are seniors Paige Lobdell (Sterling, Ill.), Carli Radil (Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka) and Lindsey Uphoff (Prior Lake, Minn./Lakeville South); juniors Sara Nelson (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) and Annie Versnik (Franklin, Wis.); sophomore Anna Strien (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Waterloo Columbus); and freshman Blake Banowetz (Bellevue, Iowa/Marquette Catholic).
Luther was also recognized by as an Easton/NFCA Division III All-Academic Team (GPA of 3.0 or higher). Luther's entire roster compiled a team grade-point-average of 3.343 and was ranked 57th of the 92 Division III teams that earned this honor.
During the 2016 campaign, the Norse were ranked in the NFCA Top-25 the entire year, including a final ranking of 10th. Luther claimed its second consecutive Iowa Conference championship and made an eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA III Regional playoffs. The Norse finished with an overall record of 40-5 and fell one win shy of advancing to the National Tournament. The Norse are coached by Renae Hartl who has tallied a record of 473-166 in 15 seasons.