Osman and Walker named GNAC academic all-stars
May 1, 2007
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Two members of the Western Washington University softball team - shortstop Nicole Walker and first baseman Ashley Osman - have been named to the 2007 Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star team announced today.
Walker, a senior from Kenmore (graduate of Juanita High School), was named for the third time, and Osman, a senior from Federal Way (graduate of Jefferson High School) was picked for the second time.
Walker, who is majoring in community health, has a 3.63 (4.0 scale) grade point average. Osman, a physical education major, has a 3.34 GPA.
Walker is batting .302 (44-for-144) with four home runs and 27 runs scored. Over the last 20 games, of which the Vikings have won 16, she is hitting a torrid .382 (26-for-68).
Osman has a .327 batting average (48-for-147) with a GNAC-leading 36 runs batted in, five home runs and 17 runs scored. She has committed just two errors in 295 fielding chances (.993).
Western completes its regular season this weekend with six home games, playing Saint Martin's University on Thursday (2 p.m.) and Western Oregon University on Saturday (12 noon) and Sunday (12 noon). The Vikings, 29-19 overall and second in the GNAC standings at 11-5, are shooting for their second NCAA Division II West Regional appearance and the first since 2003, and are within reach of their first GNAC championship.
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Twenty One Named To GNAC Softball Academic Team
SPOKANE - A total of 21 student-athletes have been named to the 2007 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Academic all-conference team.
Fourteen of the 21 are repeat selections from last year's team including six - Molly Maxfield of Central Washington; Astin Salisbury of Northwest Nazarene; Tana Lingl of Saint Martin's; Kelli Marek and Katie Ledbetter of Seattle University and Nicole Walker of Western Washington - who were named to the team for the third time.
Marek and Salisbury have the top grade point averages among the all-stars. Marek, a humanities major, has a 3.97 GPA and Salisbury, who is a religious studies and Spanish major, has a 3.94 grade point average.
Central Washington placed the most players on the academic team with six. Seattle earned four spots on the team, while Northwest Nazarene and Western Oregon have four and three, respectively. Western Washington and Saint Martin's each placed two on the academic squad.
All letter winners who are in at least their second year of competition and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 are eligible to be selected to the team.
Western Washington Vikings Sidebar Links
|Email this article||Printer-friendly format|