LOUISVILLE, Ky. ‘ Newbury College (NCAA DIII) garnered the overall college GPA with a 3.770, while Byron Nelson (Texas) High School (4.916), for the third consecutive year, and Champion (Ohio) High School (3.858) led the high school weighted and unweighted categories, respectively, in the Easton / NFCA Top 10 Academic Team rankings for the 2015-16 school year. Individually 5,152 softball players earned Easton / NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors.
The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions. NCAA Division I, with 1,240 honorees, had the most student-athletes with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher, while 1,124 in Division III earned recognition, followed by 963 Division II student-athletes. High School weighted and High School unweighted posted 618 and 512 honorees apiece. NAIA amassed 384 recipients and Junior College totaled 311.
High School (Weighted)
1. Byron Nelson (Texas) – 4.916; 2. Bay City (Texas) 4.729; 3. James F. Byrnes (S.C.) – 4.498; 4. Magoffin County (Ky.) – 4.429; 5. High Point Christian Academy (N.C.) – 4.290; 6. Holly Hill Academy (S.C.) – 4.232; 7. Northern Guilford (N.C.) – 4.160; 8. Cambridge Christian School (Fla.) – 4.115; Deerfield (Texas) – 4.041; 10. Olathe North (Kan.) – 4.040.
2015-16 Easton / NFCA High School (Weighted) Scholar-Athletes
Cambridge Christian School: Alea White, Megan Rygiel, Kiera Fitzgerald, Kacie Hickinbotham, Katelyn Lewis, Emma Layman, Melissa Medina, Alyssa Hickinbotham, Rebecca Bustamante, Gia LoCicero, Olivia Elliott, Irena Mesa.