The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team placed a statewide-high five players on the 2014 NCCSIA College Division All-State First and Second Teams. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
Of the five Bears, four garnered first-team all-state accolades: sophomore pitchers Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) and Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) and senior infielders Haily Jarman (Wadesboro, N.C.) and Jody Mizelle (Colerain, N.C.).
Hole finished with a 20-6 record in addition to a league-best 1.28 earned run average and 136 strikeouts while Hoskins was named the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year after fashioning a 20-9 mark, a 1.50 earned run average, 10 shutouts and 219 strikeouts. Both players were all-region honorees.
Jarman batted .337 with six home runs and 38 runs batted in while Mizelle led the Bears in numerous offensive categories this season including hitting (.371), home runs (12), runs batted in (43), slugging percentage (.660) and stolen bases (18).
Both Jarman and Mizelle were named to the 2014 All-SAC First Team and started all 55 games for Lenoir-Rhyne. Jarman also ended her career as a four-time all-league (2011-14) and three-time all-region (2012-14) selection.
The Bears' freshman catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) was named to the all-state second team. Kenley started all 55 contests as well and finished with a .331 batting average, four home runs and 24 runs batted in.
Lenoir-Rhyne ended the year with a 40-15 record and a share of the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship. The Bears also earned a berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the ninth straight season.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.
The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2014 College Division All-State Softball Teams
P - Brandi Hole, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Sandy Ridge, N.C.
P - Maryann Hoskins&, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Havelock, N.C.
C - Taylor Laskey, So., Wingate, Cherryville, N.C.
INF - Cynthia Hayes&, Sr., Guilford, Seagrove, N.C.
INF - Mellena Helms, So., Wingate, Concord, N.C.
INF - Haily Jarman&%, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Wadesboro, N.C.
INF - Jody Mizelle#, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Colerain, N.C.
OF - Taylor Cloninger&, Sr., UNC Pembroke, Jacksonville, N.C.
OF - Liz Hipple&%, Jr., Chowan, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
OF - Kristi Morton, Sr., Salem, Trussville, Ala.
UTIL - Marty Wilcox, Jr., Guilford, South Charleston, W.Va.
DP - Kayla Saliga&, Jr., Wingate, Asheboro, N.C.
P - Stacey Houser&, So., Wingate, Mooresville, N.C.
P - Carley Tysinger&, So., Catawba, Lexington, N.C.
C - Sarah Kenley, Fr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Charlotte, N.C.
INF - Courtney Baker, Sr., Chowan, Chesapeake, N.C.
INF - Tori Cragan, So., Chowan, Concord, N.C.
INF - Kierston Garner&, So., Salem, Danbury, N.C.
INF - Rachel Howard, Jr., Guilford, Hillsborough, N.C.
OF - Whitney Jackson, So., UNC Pembroke, Farmville, N.C.
OF - Taylor Rosenbalm, So., Queens, Statesville, N.C.
UTIL - Jackie Nicholson&, Jr., Greensboro, Snow Camp, N.C.
DP -Brea Hartley&, Jr., UNC Pembroke, Lexington, N.C.
& - Named to 2013 All-State Team
% - Named to 2012 All-State Team
# - Named to 2011 All-State Team
Photo Courtesy: Haily Jarman, L-R Athletics