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Regional Champions Are Classroom Scholars
Posted: 10/11/2011
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The Messiah Falcons earned a 3.24 team GPA in 2010-11, with five being named All-America Scholar Athletes.

Grantham, PA – Messiah College Softball was honored this week with five members of the 2011 team being named All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The recognition follows an impressive 2011 campaign for the Falcons, as they were Regional Championship for the second time in three years.

Current senior Abi Buchler, juniors Danielle Pusateri and Stephanie Schell, sophomore Elizabeth D’Amelio, and graduate Jess Rhoads were all honored with Scholar Athlete status. As a team, the Falcons were ranked 72nd in the nation with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.24. Their team rank was good for fourth in the Commonwealth Conference.

With their success in the classroom coupled with their success on the field—including the NCAA National Championship in 2009, it’s apparent that Messiah College is a top destination for softball scholar athletes.

“It’s always nice to see the hard work in the classroom by our student-athletes,” said head coach Amy Weaver. “Messiah is a challenging academic school. Out student-athletes work very hard, and it’s a joy to see them honored for their efforts.”

The same could be said of Weaver, whose coaching staff was honored this past summer as the Division III East Region Coaching Staff of the Year. For the coaches, though, the success of the student-athletes is what matters most.

“As coaches, we stress academic success,” added Weaver. “We try to create an environment where academic and athletic success coincides. That’s a program goal for us each year.”

Below is a snapshot on the All-America Scholar Athletes for Messiah:

Elizabeth D’Amelio ’14
Major: Nursing
Position: Outfield
Future Plans: Working as a Registered Nurse, serving in missions overseas

Daniella Pusateri ’13
Major: Athletic Training
Position: Outfield
Future Plans: Working as an Athletic Trainer in either a high school or college

Stephanie Schell ’13
Major: Molecular Biology
Position: Outfielder
Future Plans: Moving on to graduate school before moving into the research field

Abi Buchler ’12
Major: Math Education
Position: Second Base
Future Plans: Working as a high school math teacher and coach

Jess Rhoads ’11
Major: Sports Management (Bachelor’s degree)
Position: Pitcher
Future Plans: Currently in graduate school at Messiah College, plans to work in sports management