NCCSIA Announces 2012 North Carolina All-State College Division Softball Team

Greensboro, N.C. – Twelve student-athletes, representing seven different schools, comprise the 2012 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State Softball Team released Thursday.  The ninth-annual team consists of non-NCAA Division I student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities. Sports information professionals from across the state submitted the nominees, and NCCSIA members voted for the all-state team, which consists of two starting pitchers, one catcher, four infielders, three outfielders, one designated player and a utility player. NCAA Division II Southeast Regional finalist Lenoir-Rhyne University placed four students on the team. Chowan University and Methodist University both had two students honored. Guilford College, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, Queens University of Charlotte each received one selection.

Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from North Carolina’s NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions for the purpose of promoting college athletics in the state. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina whose responsibilities include sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the university (NCAA Division I) and college (Division II, III, NAIA, NCCAA) divisions for women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and baseball. Over 1,000 student-athletes have been recognized on all-state teams since 2003.
2012 NCCSIA All-State Softball Team (College Division)
Pos.      Name                         School                     Class             Hometown
P          Chantel Dodge             Queens                    Senior             Shalimar, Fla.
P          Dawon Millwood^#      Lenoir-Rhyne            Senior             Hixson, Tenn.
C          Sarah Atkins^               Lenoir-Rhyne            Senior             Newport News, Va.   
IF         Jessica Fellmeth#         Lenoir-Rhyne            Junior             Waxhaw, N.C.
IF         Natalie Haithcox           Mars Hill                  Senior             Asheboro, N.C.
IF         Haily Jarman                Lenoir-Rhyne            Sophomore     Wadesboro, N.C.
IF         Amanda White             Meredith                  Freshman        Wilmington, N.C.
OF        Jordan Adams              Methodist                 Junior             Wilmington, N.C.
OF        Liz Hipple                   Chowan                    Sophomore     Chincoteague, Va.
OF        Kimberly Keys^           Guilford                   Senior             Laurinburg, N.C.
UTL      Allie Kolezynski+         Chowan                    Senior             Strongsville, Ohio
DP        Marcy McKee              Methodist                 Sophomore     Milford, Del.
+ - 2009 NCCSIA All-State pick ^ - 2010 NCCSIA All-State pick # - 2011 NCCSIA All-State pick
Three of Lenoir-Rhyne’s picks are repeat all-state selections. Senior pitcher Dawon Millwood (pictured), a three-time honoree, junior first baseman Jessica Fellmeth and senior catcher Sarah Atkins helped the Bears to a 48-13 record and the number-20 ranking in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Division II Poll. Millwood posted a 34-8 record with 206 strikeouts and a 1.44 earned run average (ERA) to garner her second straight South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Pitcher of the Year honor and her fourth all-conference commendation. Fellmeth, a 2011 all-state pick, hit .323 with 14 homers and 56 RBI en route to second-team all-region and First Team All-SAC laurels. Atkins returned to the all-state team after a one-season absence. She hit .322 with 11 homers and 48 RBI to repeat as a first-team all-conference and all-region selection. Sophomore Haily Jarman rounded out the Bears’ honorees this year after batting a team-best .390 with eight homers, 35 RBI, 18 doubles and 51 runs scored. The third baseman was a first-team pick on both the NFCA All-Southeast Region and All-SAC units.

howan sophomore Liz Hipple hit .403 with 18 doubles and 47 RBI in her sophomore campaign, good enough for NFCA Second Team All-Southeast recognition. She was a First Team All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) outfielder and led the league in triples (6). Senior teammate Allie Kolezynski closed out her career the same way she started, with a selection to the all-state team as a utility player. The 2009 all-state honoree hit .357 at the plate and recorded a 10-9 pitching record with a 3.35 ERA.

Methodist’s Jordan Adams and Marcy McKee helped the Monarchs to a 27-15 overall record and both earned NFCA Second Team All-Atlantic Region and First Team All-USA South Athletic Conference recognition. Adams, a junior outfielder, boasted a .431 batting average that ranked second in the league, plus a conference-high 22 stolen bases. McKee, a sophomore, is the all-state team’s designated player after hitting .367 with 10 doubles.

Two-time Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year Chantel Dodge of Queens wrapped up a stellar career with a 22-11 record in the circle, plus 165 strikeouts and a league-best 1.45 ERA. She was named Queens’ Most Outstanding Senior Female Athlete and graduates with a school-record 762 strikeouts.

Mars Hill third baseman Natalie Haithcox turned in a memorable senior season and set school standards for slugging percentage (.966), homers (18), on-base percentage (.532) and walks (32). The 2012 Daktronics Third Team All-American hit .415 with 46 RBI and led NCAA Division II in slugging percentage.

Meredith’s Amanda White, the lone freshman on this year’s all-state team, was the Avenging Angels’ leader in batting average (.415), RBI (35), hits (49), home runs (6) and doubles (10). She earned First Team All-USA South recognition and ranked fourth among the league’s batting leaders.

Guilford senior outfielder Kimberly Keys returned to the all-state team after leading the Quakers’ hitters with a .373 batting average and 10 doubles. The 2010 all-state pick ranked seventh in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with 53 hits and graduated as Guilford’s career leader in batting average (.393), doubles (39) and RBI (121).