Softball Earns NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Honors
Jami Schkade, Kelli Schkade, Karly Williams Among North Texas Honorees
DENTON - Seniors Jami Schkade and Karly Williams and junior Kelli Schkade were among seven North Texas softball student-athletes who earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2014-15 academic year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Tuesday.
The trio, as well as Sarah Barker, Mackenzie Grimes, Shelbie Smith and Madison Thompson, each posted a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for the 2014-15 academic year. They were among 5,493 softball players across seven membership divisions to earn the honor, including 1,554 honorees at the Division I level.
Jami Schkade, a business major from Albany, Texas, appeared in 16 games, including eight starts at second base, in her first season at North Texas after spending her three previous seasons at Illinois.
Williams, a chemistry major from Castroville, Texas, started 45 of 47 games played, including 39 starts at second base, in her junior season with North Texas. She tallied three multi-hit games, giving her 11 for her career, and had three of her four career multi-RBI games.
Kelli Schkade, a kinesiology major from Albany, Texas, was one of five players to appear in all 50 games for North Texas, starting every game at shortstop in her first season with the Mean Green after playing her first collegiate season at Missouri. She hit .250 with five doubles, a triple and three home runs, scored 31 runs, the third-most on the team, and led the team with 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts.