Ten members of the 2018 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 2017-18 academic year.
The 2018 NFCA Scholar Athletes and the class they were in during the 2018 season are seniors Megan Bonnett (North Liberty, Iowa/Regina), Ashley Burrows (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar), Kaeli Kovarik (Tampico, Ill./Prophetstown), Natalie Stockman (Glencoe, Minn./Norwood Young America) Anna Strien (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Waterloo Columbus); juniors Brooke Balk (Eagle, Wis./Palmyra-Eagle), Blake Banowetz (Bellevue, Iowa/Marquette Catholic); sophomores Abby Gehringer (Indianola, Iowa), Lilly Johnson (Minnestrista, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret); and freshman Courtney Cooper (Lansing, Iowa/Kee).
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 3.295 and was ranked 83rd of the 102 Division III teams that earned this honor.
During the 2018 campaign, the Norse finished third at the NCAA III National Championships held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was the highest finish at the national finale in school history. The Norse finished with an overall record of 43-11. Luther is coached by Renae Hartl who has tallied a record of 557-182 in 17 seasons. She has led the Norse to six conference titles, 11 national tournament appearances, two super regional appearances and five trips to the national championships.