Thomas, Ringstaff named academic all-conference

Photo taken by Rachel Burrus
Photo taken by Rachel Burrus

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Now that most conference teams have completed their regular season schedule, Conference Carolinas has announced their academic all-conference teams. The King University softball team placed two student-athletes on the academic All-Conference Carolinas team when the honorees were announced Tuesday by the conference office.

Seniors Fallon Thomas and Cassie Ringstaff were named academic all-conference for the second consecutive year. Thomas is currently the team's primary catcher and carries a 3.396 GPA while majoring in nursing. Ringstaff, who began the year at third base and has also seen significant time at second base, will graduate with a degree in Biology and has a 3.661 GPA.

Both seniors have performed well on the field in addition to their stellar work in the classroom. Thomas is third on the team with a .275 batting average and third in Conference Carolinas with 27 runs batted in. Ringstaff leads the league with 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts and is fourth on the team with a .263 batting average. The duo has combined to score 26 and 24 runs this season, respectively, accounting for nearly one-third of the Tornado's run production in 2014.

The 2014 Conference Carolinas Softball Academic All-Conference representatives have been awarded to junior and senior student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year.

Softball Academic All-Conference Team

Jordan Killian, Belmont Abbey

Amber Faust, Belmont Abbey

Nikki Faust, Belmont Abbey

Kinsey McClure, Belmont Abbey

Ashlyn Hicks, Erskine

Fallon Thomas, King

Cassie Ringstaff, King

Alison Armstrong, Lees-McRae

Lori Fulmer, Lees-McRae

Ashley Cox, Limestone

Amanda Hayes, Limestone

Gabrielle Nicholson, Limestone

Leea Polin, Limestone

Kelly Shearer, Limestone

Kassie Lowe, Mount Olive

Elizabeth Overman, Mount Olive

Megan Ready, Mount Olive

Lauren Smith , Mount Olive

Sarah Armstrong, North Greenville

Tori Freedman, North Greenville

Celia Dew, Pfeiffer

Emily Workman, Pfeiffer

Hannah Jackson, Pfeiffer

Lindsey Russell, Pfeiffer

Rebecca Foil, Pfeiffer

Sadie Saine, Pfeiffer

Samantha Jarmusch, Pfeiffer