ATLANTA — Fourteen Georgia State softball student athletes were among thousands named 2012 All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the NFCA announced Thursday.

Callie Alford, Emily Althafer, Cassie Boese, Ashley Christy, Megan Kallatsa, Audrey Mason, Shannyn Palazzo, Christina Reed, Taylor Scarpantonio, Chelsea Sparks, Alana Thomas, Emily Whitaker and Carrie Williams comprise the list of 14 honorees from Georgia State.

That number ties Georgia State with Central Michigan for the most individuals from a single Division-I institution to earn the honor this season.

The distinction is awarded by the NFCA to all nominated student-athletes with at least a 3.5 grade point average during the 2011-12 academic year.

More than half of last season’s 25-player roster earned this honor. No wonder then that the team posted a 3.56 overall GPA, or highest among all GSU teams, during the 2011 fall semester.

This list includes seven of last season’s eight-member senior class, including 2012 CoSIDA All-District first-teamer Boese. Although the team will be without these seniors in 2013, the Panthers should be set for the future as four of these honorees were freshman last season.

Three other schools from the CAA also had individuals earn the scholar-athlete award. Defending CAA champions Hofstra placed five on the list, while both Delaware and Towson had two honorees.

Georgia State softball begins the 2013 season at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic tournament on Feb. 8-10 in Starkville, Miss.

GSU’s 2011-12 All-America Scholar Athletes
Callie Alford
Emily Althafer
Cassie Boese
Ashley Christy
Megan Kallatsa
Audrey Mason
Shannyn Palazzo
Christina Reed
Taylor Scarpantonio
Chelsea Sparks
Alana Thomas
Emily Whitaker
Carrie Williams

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