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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – 2017 national champion Minnesota State was voted unanimous No. 1 in the final 2017 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Mavericks (64-7) won their first national title by sweeping top seed Angelo State in the Championship Series.

In route to its first championship, Minnesota State went 10-1 in the postseason and set a program record for wins. The Mavericks swept through regionals before earning a hard-fought Central Region title on the road at top-seeded Harding. The highly competitive Super Regional featured three one-run contests with the Mavericks winning games one (1-0 in 10 inn.) and three (7-6). As the No. 2 overall seed, Minnesota State was a perfect 5-0 in Salem, Va., including a pair of 5-1 triumphs over Angelo State.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thirty-two student-athletes from 14 different institutions garnered 2017 NFCA NJCAA Division II All-America honors, the Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.

2017 NJCAA DII All-America Teams

Additionally, Kirkwood’s Maddie Hansen was named the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year and Iowa Central Community College’s Alexis Egan was selected the New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe recipient.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Forty-eight student-athletes from 24 different institutions garnered 2017 NFCA NJCAA Division I All-America honors, the Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.

2017 NFCA NJCAA DI All-America Teams

Two-time national champions, Butler Community College led the way with five All-Americans, four on the first team. Florida SouthWestern State College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida and Howard College each garnered four All-America nods. Yavapai College put three student-athletes on the first team, while Florida SouthWestern and Howard had two first-team selections.

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FULLERTON, Calif. – Incoming freshman Taylor Dockins from Norco High School was announced as the 2016-17 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday.

The Gatorade Company is in its 32nd year recognizing the nation’s finest high school athletes and the Gatorade Player of the Year program yearly recognizes one winner in each state and the District of Columbia in 12 different sports and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. As the National Player of the Year, Dockins is also given the opportunity to give $1,000 grant to a youth sports organization of her choice and is eligible to win a $10,000 featured grant for her organization.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three wins, including a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Norco in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division I championship game, vaulted Los Alamitos back to the No. 1 spot it occupied to open the season in the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll.

The (28-3) Griffins also defeated Santiago, 4-1, and Orange Lutheran, 1-0, en route to the CIF title. The loss snapped a stretch during which new No. 2 Norco (33-1) had won 44 of its last 45 contests and had been ranked first for the past 10 weeks, since the second week’s poll on March 23.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – James Madison junior Megan Good has been named the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Player of the Year, announced the Association on Thursday afternoon.

Good, a 2017 unanimous NFCA First-Team All-American, led the nation with a JMU single-season record 38-3 mark and her 14 shutouts tied a NCAA best. Her 0.63 ERA is a JMU single-season low and is tied for the second lowest mark in all of Division I softball. Her ERA was helped by a scoreless inning streak of 70.1 innings, the 11th-longest streak in NCAA history and the longest streak by any player since 2009.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After guiding Rock Valley College to its unprecedented fourth consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DIII National Championship, head coach Darin Monroe and his staff have been named NFCA NJCAA DIII National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced Thursday afternoon.

Monroe is joined on his staff by assistant coach D.J. Johnson and student assistants, Anna Bartos, Dekoda Wallin and Kylee Johnson.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  Guiding LSU Eunice to a second straight national title, head coach Andy Lee and his staff have been named 2017 NFCA National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year on Friday morning. Lee, along with assistant coach Logan Hebert, were voted by its NFCA peers as the top team in the South Region.

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The Associated Press released its 2017 All-America teams Tuesday.

Here’s the full first team:

  • Quarterback: Sam Darnold, sophomore, Southern California.
  • Running backs: Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State; Derrius Guice, junior, LSU.
  • Tackles: Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Connor Williams, junior, Texas.

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Baton Rouge, La. — Scrap Yard Dawgs claimed their first Cowles Cup in franchise history with a 5-2 win over the USSSA Pride in the winner-take-all contest of the final series in the 2017 NPF Championship held at Tiger Park on the LSU campus.
Rookie Kasey Cooper charged the offense with three RBI, the bulk coming on a two-run home run in the sixth inning that gave the Scrap Yard Dawgs (35-19) the lead for good.

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