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Two Blugolds Earn Softball All-WIAC First Team Honors
By: Kevin Meinholz, Sports Information Director
MADISON, Wis. (UWECBlugolds.com) - UW-Eau Claire softball players Katie Stalker (Sr.-Madison, Wis./La Follette) and Aleisha Harper (So.-Mondovi, Wis./Eau Claire North) have earned first team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) honors, conference sports information director Matt Stanek announced today.
Both Blugolds received recognition on the first team for the second year in a row.
Stalker led Eau Claire this season with a .434 batting average (63-for-145), 39 runs and 113 assists. Her batting average ranked sixth best in the conference while her hit total is currently tied for second. She finished her career on top of the Blugolds' all-time stolen bases list with 75 (previous record was 67) after recording 33 stolen bases this year, one short of a school record, and was in the top five in a number of other career categories. Stalker also earned recognition this season on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 5 Second Team College Division.
Harper finished second on the team with a batting average of .302 (38-for-126). She had 23 runs and 14 RBIs and was third on the team with 101 putouts. Harper finished with 10 stolen bases, which was second the team, and finished with a .960 fielding percentage.
Also recognized by the conference were Bekki Kidnie (Sr.-St. Paul, Minn./Johnson), Kassie Krummel (Fr.-Walcott, Iowa/Durant) and Emily Muller (So.-Lancaster, Wis.) as honorable mention selections. Kidnie received honorable mention recognition for the second time in her career as she was also recognized last season.
Named to the All-Sportsmanship Team was Nikki Bromelkamp (So.-Zumbrota, Minn./Zumbrota-Mazeppa). The All-Sportsmanship Team was chosen for individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. It included one member from each school.