PELLA—The Central College softball team is again a leader in the classroom as eight players were named Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

The perennially powerful Dutch program has a tradition of academic achievement under NFCA Hall of Fame coach George Wares, ranking in the top 20 in All-America Scholar-Athletes in Division III seven times, including five top-10 academic finishes since 2010. Central had 10 honorees in 2018 and 14 in 2017.

The award recognizes those student-athletes who have posted a 3.50 grade point average or higher in the previous academic year. Central, which has made a record 30 NCAA Division III tournament appearances with four national championships, has had players receive NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors 107 times since 2010.

Catcher Kylie Olson (senior, Mapleton, Minn.) leads Central as a four-time NFCA honoree while center fielder Sara Tallman (junior, Pella) and pitcher Mariah Fritz (senior, Tama, East Marshall HS) were cited for the third time. First baseman Amanda Sigulas (junior, Morton, Ill.) is a two-time honoree.

Central College’s 2019 NFCA Scholar-Athletes

Lauren Bagby, Sr. Norwalk, Iowa 3.72 Business management

Sadie Baugher, Sr. Eddyille, Iowa 3.60 Exercise science-athletic training

Mariah Fritz, Sr. Tama, Iowa 3.94 Integrated studies

Kamryn Hayes, Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. 3.50 Undeclared

Kylie Olson, Sr. Mapleton, Minn. 3.96 Biology

Danielle Riley, Sr. Afton, Iowa 3.52 Exercise science-athletic training

Amanda Sigulas, Jr. Morton, Ill. 3.60 Biology

Sara Tallman, Jr. Pella, Iowa 4.00 Elementary education