SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Kelly McGrail scores honors at Wisconsin-Whitewater
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media August 9, 2013 9:26PM
Kelly McGrail, Wisconsin-Whitewater softball. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 12, 2013 6:25AM
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball player Kelly McGrail truly epitomizes the term “student-athlete.”
The junior second baseman was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. McGrail, who’s majoring in special education and has a 3.97 grade-point average, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, her second consecutive season receiving the honor.
The Tinley Park resident is the eighth softball player in Whitewater history to receive Academic All-American honors.
To be eligible for Academic All-American consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA on a 4.00 scale and have reached sophomore athletic and academic status.
On the field this season, McGrail, an Andrew graduate started all 39 games for the Warhawks, helping them to 32-7 record, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
McGrail led the team with a .385 batting average, and her 23 RBI were third-highest for Whitewater this season. She struck out just four times in 96 at-bats. Defensively, she committed just two errors (.987 fielding percentage). In WIAC games, McGrail led the league with a .472 batting average, .548 on-base percentage and 12 RBI.
In the classroom, McGrail earned Dean’s List honors in five semesters, was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete in 2011 and ’12, earned the UW-Whitewater Academic Achievement Award in 2011 and ’12, and was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholastic Honor Roll in 2011 and ’12.
In addition, McGrail was one of four Warhawks named to the 2013 All-WIAC First Team.
Staying on track
Two Southland residents were among the six Lewis University women’s track and field athletes named to the 2013 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Midwest Region Division II Women’s Track and Field Team.
Honored were Mother McAuley graduates Kamille Ferguson and Kayla King.
In order to qualify for the team, an athlete must be either ranked in the top five in their region in individual event, or be a member of a relay team that’s ranked in the top three.
Ferguson, a senior, had the third-fastest 200-meter time in the region with a first-place mark of 24.31 seconds at the GVSU Last Chance Meet on May 11.
King, a sophomore, was the top performer for the Flyers in the long jump. She was fourth in the Midwest with a leap of 5.70 meters, set at the Chicagoland Championships on April 4.
In addition, King was one of two Flyers named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Women’s Track and Field Team.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.
King, who owns a 3.81 cumulative GPA in criminal/social justice, claimed provisional standards in the indoor 60-meter dash (7.71), indoor long jump (18 feet, 41/2 inches) and outdoor long jump (18-7).
Three Southland members of North Central College’s football team were selected as members of the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society Class of 2013.
Lauded were linebacker Joey Michals (Providence), defensive lineman Joe Orozco (Andrew) and offensive lineman Adam Trybula (Andrew).
The Hampshire Honor Society, part of the NFF’s effort to recognize academic and athletic success, is composed of college football players from all divisions of play who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better during their collegiate football careers. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society’s seventh year.
Michals, a three-year starter at linebacker, led North Central in tackles in 2012 with 79, including 111/2 tackles for loss. He finished his career fifth all-time with 240 tackles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Michals was a two-time All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin selection, earning First-Team honors in 2012 when he was also a Third-Team All-North Region honoree.
Orozco returned from injury to play in 11 of the Cardinals’ 12 games in 2012 on the defensive line, while Trybula started 11 games at left guard for the Cardinals, who were 9-3 overall and 6-1 in winning their seventh consecutive CCIW title.