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Three Cougars named NFCA Scholar Athletes

Posted by Pat McCabe, sports information director on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has released their annual list of Scholar Athletes, and the Minnesota, Morris softball team has been honored with three selections.

Coming off the 2010 season, Julie Rohling, Diane Blommel and Kali Cordes were all honored by the NFCA, as the Cougars were one of just four UMAC teams to have their players named to the team.

The NFCA All-Academic and Scholar Athlete program is a national honor and recognizes players from across Division III.

Then just a freshman, Cordes posted a 3.97 GPA, majoring in psychology and art. A native of Glenwood, Cordes is also a key member of the Cougar women’s soccer team and was recently named to the CoSIDA women’s soccer Academic All-District Team.

On the diamond last spring, Cordes played in 33 games and hit .301, while also starting 15 games in the circle and pitching a team high 84.2 innings.

A senior from Howard Lake, Rohling was the owner of a 3.89 GPA in Elementary Education, before graduating last spring. Following her UMM career, she is now teaching in the Redwood Valley School District. Rohling started in 28 games for the Cougars last season and was fifth on the team with a .347 batting average.

Blommel, a third baseman from Grey Eagle, closed her junior campaign with a 3.97 GPA, maintaining a double-major in finance management and sports management. Starting 24 games at third base last season, she finished fourth on the team in batting average with a .368 mark and was third in runs scored with 24.

Cordes and Blommel with return for the Cougars this spring, leading them into 2011.