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Softball Players Earn National Awards

June 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Information

Crowder Softball Players Earn National Honors

Neosho, MO – The Crowder College Softball players earned national recognition from several organizations. The softball team had a phenomenal season with a 55-10 record, Region 16 Champions and District J Runner-up. The following list of honors from various organizations were awarded to the Roughrider this season.

Fastpitch News named its 2017 NJCAA Division I All-American selections with the following Roughrider players earning a spot:
First Team Offensive All-American – Oakley Sisemore
Second Team Offensive All-American – Paige Mendoza

National Fastpitch Coaches Association – 2017 All-American
2nd team – Oakley Sisemore (Outfielder)
3rd team – Paige Mendoza (Infielder)
3rd team – Kristen Dempsey (Utility)

National Fastpitch Coaches Association – 2017 All-Region
1st team Midwest Region – Paige Mendoza
1st team Midwest Region – Oakley Sisemore (Outfielder)
1st team Midwest Region – Kristen Dempsey (Utility)
2nd team Midwest Region – Maddie Massanelli (Pitcher)
2nd team Midwest Region – Bailey Bunch (Infielder)

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American team
2nd team – Oakley Sisemore (Outfielder)
3rd team – Maddie Massanelli (Pitcher)
3rd team – Paige Mendoza (Infielder)

Region 16 All-Region team
Oakley Sisemore (Outfielder)
Paige Mendoza (Infielder)
Bailey Bunch (Infielder)
Maddie Massanelli (Pitcher)
Emma Hill (Pitcher)
Kristen Dempsey (Utility)

Region 16 All-Tournament team
Bailey Bunch
Kenzi Spurgin
Kristen Dempsey
Paige Mendoza
Oakley Sisemore
Emma Hill
Maddie Massanelli

All-District J team:
Maddie Massanelli
Makaila Leonhart
Mason Andrews

NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award
1st team – Daryan Torix
2nd team – Jessica Picou
2nd team – Ashley Brannon
2nd team – Maddison Brown
2nd team – McKenzi Spurgin
2nd team – Morgan Voigts
3rd team – Kayla Walden

2017 NFCA New Balance Golden Shoe Award is also presented at the National level. Oakley Sisemore, Outfielder, was recipient of the award. It is presented annually to the player determined to be the most outstanding base stealer from an NFCA member institutions. The committee is comprised of elected NJCAA head coaches who belong to NFCA.

Sisemore had 71 stolen bases in 71 attempts. With 116 hits, 94 runs scored, 10 triples, 2 homeruns and a .492 batting average, Sisemore is the first to receive 3 all-American awards in one season. This makes her the most All-American award recipient in one season in softball program history.

Coach John Sisemore and Samantha Juarez were also honored with the Region 16 Coaching Staff of the Year award at the Region 16 tournament.

Congratulations to the team and all their accomplishments both on and off the field.

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