A Page -- June 14, 2011 -- Flag Day


Rocky River native Alex Feltes 

recognized for studies and field play; 

named Academic All American for Zips

AKRON - The accolades keep coming for recent graduate Alex Feltes, who just completed her senior season for The University of Akron softball team. Feltes, from Rocky River, Ohio, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, becoming just the fifth Academic All-American in program history and the first since 1988.

The senior is carrying a 3.81 GPA with a double major in math and psychology.

Feltes is one of just 33 student-athletes in the country to earn the Academic All-America distinction from the University Division. She is joined on the second team by Ohio's Mel Bonner, the only two representatives from the Mid-American Conference to make any of the three squads. 

After a career year in her senior campaign, the third baseman earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region honors on May 19, with the All-America list to be announced on June 1.
Feltes hit a career-high .414 at the plate this year, the fourth-best season average in program history. Her 60 hits, 35 runs, 27 RBI, and 8 home runs were all career highs. She also led the team with a .690 slugging percentage, 10 doubles, three triples, 100 total bases, and a .488 on-base percentage.

Leaving her mark on the program, Feltes started her entire career at third base for a stretch of 219 consecutive games. In Akron's career record books, she ranks fourth in both games played and hits and stands in the top 10 in at-bats, batting average, doubles, and assists. 

This season, she also set the new single-game total bases record with 13 at Toledo in the final weekend of play, hammering two homers and notching both a triple and a double, coming up just a base hit short of the cycle.

This season marked the second time Feltes earned Capital One Academic All-District honors, as she made the second team in 2010. For head coach Julie Jones, Feltes is Jones' first Academic All-American since J.J. Thornberry at Cleveland State, now the Zips' assistant coach.

Feltes, Grafton's Helfrich Named to 

Academic All-MAC Squad

AKRON - The University of Akron softball team placed two student-athletes on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team in Alex Feltes and Alex Helfrich, as announced on Wednesday by the league office. 

Feltes, who just completed her senior season for the Zips, is making her third appearance on the squad, while Helfrich is a two-time honoree and will be a senior next season. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Akron has had a student-athlete on the Academic All-MAC list, coinciding with head coach Julie Jones taking over the program.

A native of Rocky River, Ohio, Feltes recently became the fifth Academic All-American in program history after turning in a stellar season as UA's leadoff hitter and rock at third base. 

To go along with her 3.8 GPA in Mathematics, she hit .414 at the plate with 60 hits, eight home runs, 27 RBI, and a .690 slugging percentage. She finished her career ranked fourth all-time in hits and games played, sixth in runs, and 10th in batting average.

Helfrich, from Grafton, Ohio, started 42 of 48 games for UA in right field. At the plate, she hit a career best .291 with 30 hits, 20 runs scored, and nine RBI while leading the team with 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

With one more season to play, she already stands ninth all-time in career stolen bases with 52. As an Education major, she carries an impressive 3.97 GPA.

In addition, Heather Bauer, Sarah Earley, Cassie Gleisner, and Olivia Hegedus earned Honorable Mention honors. All are seniors except for Gleisner, who will return for her junior season in 2012.

2011 Academic All-MAC Team 
Alex Feltes, Akron#
Alex Helfrich, Akron#
Alicia Barkley, Ball State#
Alyssa Collins, Ball State
Lindsay Arney, Bowling Green
Paige Berger, Bowling Green
Hannah Fulk, Bowling Green
Molly Coldren, Central Michigan
Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan
Macy Merchant, Central Michigan 
Jenna Ignowski, Eastern Michigan
McKenna Russ, Eastern Michigan
Stacie Skodinski, Eastern Michigan
Sarah Gerber, Eastern Michigan#
Holly Finchum, Kent State
Jessica Simpson, Miami
Melissa Bonner, Ohio #
Jillian Van Wagnen, Ohio 
Emily Wethington, Ohio #
Shana Szypka, Toledo
Lindsey Tobias, Toledo
Lexi Jager, Western Michigan
Courtney Rousseau, Western Michigan

Allie Kolezynski of Strongsville earns 

Academic All American honors from 

Capital Investments and information 


Strongsville native Allie Kolezynski has been named an Academic All American for softball and business studies at Chowan.
Kolezynski,, a junior, earned second team All Academic All American status in the College Division, nabbing second-team laurels for carrying a 3.97 overall grade point average while majoring in business administration.

She plays the infield for the Hawks.

Strongsville native Allie Kolezynski 

among Three Hawks Named to 

Daktronics All-Atlantic Regional 

Softball Team
MURFREESBORO – Add one more honor for the Chowan University softball team. Standouts Tricia Gorman, Allie Kolezynski, and Fahren Munro were named to the 2011 Daktronics All-Atlantic Region Teams, as voted on by Sports Information Directors from within the region.
Gorman was named to the First Team as a first baseman. She led the NCAA Division II in RBI this season with 84, and led the CIAA in hits (74), total bases (113), and sacrifice flies (5). She started all 53 games for the Hawks and compiled a .430 batting average, .469 on-base percentage, and .657 slugging percentage. Gorman was a perfect 4-4 in stolen base attempts and tallied a .992 fielding percentage.
Gorman will now be placed on the All-American ballot, which will be released next week.

Kolezynski and Munro were each named to the Second Team. Kolezynski led the CIAA in at-bats (173) and total plate appearances (206) this season. She hit .410 from the plate, stole 32 bases, and had a .989 fielding percentage. Munro was tops in the CIAA in stolen bases (44-45), runs scored (67), and sacrifice bunts (15). She hit .411 from the plate with five triples and two home runs. She also led the Hawks with 105 defensive assists.
Former Mustang Kolezynski Named to 

2011 CIAA Commissioner's 

All-Academic Team
Hampton, VA (May 20, 2011) - Chowan University softball standouts Allie Kolezynski and Tricia Gormanwere named to the 2011 CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic Team. This year's team defines the total NCAA DII Student/Athlete experience with each member excelling on their respective playing fields and courts as well as in their classrooms and communities.

Kolezynski, a junior business administration major from Strongsville, OH, amassed a 3.93 GPA. She was a duel-threat all season for the Hawks, as she led the team with 173 at-bats and had a .488 on base percentage. She also had an 11-7 record on the mound, striking out 102 batters while compiling a 3.59 ERA.

Kolezynski and Munro were each named to the Second Team. Kolezynski led the CIAA in at-bats (173) and total plate appearances (206) this season. 

She hit .410 from the plate, stole 32 bases, and had a .989 fielding percentage. Munro was tops in the CIAA in stolen bases (44-45), runs scored (67), and sacrifice bunts (15). She hit .411 from the plate with five triples and two home runs. She also led the Hawks with 105 defensive assists.
The CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic Team is voted on by the CIAA Sports Information Directors' Association and is in its 14th year.

 To be eligible for the team, a Student-/Athlete must have completed one academic year at a CIAA institution, earned a minimum 3.2 grade point average, and have excelled as a starter or significant reserve in a CIAA sanctioned sport.
“Being a Division II and CIAA student-athlete means living Life in the Balance,” notes CIAA Commissioner Leon G. Kerry. “That means dedicating an equal amount of excellence towards academic pursuits, athletic accomplishment and personal development. This year's honorees embody that concept and we're forever proud of them for their hard work.”   
Kolezynski and Gorman were among the ten CIAA Student/Athletes named to the First Team. Those ten student-athletes boasted a 3.76 overall grade point average. The second team also consists of ten student-athletes, averaging a 3.8 overall grade point average.