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Softball - Tue, Feb. 11, 2014

February 11, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) has announced Tuesday its softball pre-season all-conference team and honors.  Thirteen (13) players were named to the preseason all-conference list.  Brittany Hill of Dakota State (S.D.) was the coaches' pick for NSAA Softball Preseason Player-of-the-Year.

Hill, junior infielder for the DSU, returns back for her junior season for the Trojans.  She was named to the Association of Independent Institutions/Frontier Conference Player-of-the-Year in her sophomore season.  Hill was named to the A.I.I. All-Conference two times and produced a school record batting average of .500 last season.  Hill produced 13 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 39 runs batted in (RBIs) in 2013.

Dakota State led the NSAA Softball Preseason All-Conference with six selections (Hill, Kelli Heiser, Elizabeth Rubalcava, Katie Slibowski, Audrey Lorenz and Erica Belter).  Presentation (S.D.) (Shelby Anderson, Brenda Botzenhart and Karyssa Marbet) and Valley City State (N.D.) (Katarina Boychuk, Savannah McMillin and Liz Hall-Sewell) each had three selections on the preseason all-conference team.  Jamestown (N.D.) (Courtney Van Den Bussche) also have a selection on the preseason all-conference team.

The North Star Softball conference season kicks off on April 5.

Below is the complete list of the 2014 North Star Athletic Association Softball Preseason All-Conference Team:

2014 North Star Athletic Association Softball Preseason All-Conference Team

Position

Name

School

Year

Hometown

1B

Brittany Hill $

Dakota State (S.D.)

Junior

Chino, Calif.

2B

Shelby Anderson

Presentation (S.D.)

Sophomore

Yutan, Neb.

3B

Kelli Heiser

Dakota State (S.D.)

Junior

Watertown, S.D.

SS

Brenda Botzenhart

Presentation (S.D.)

Junior

McHenry, Ill.

SS

Katarina Boychuk

Valley City State (N.D.)

Sophomore

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

C

Elizabeth Rubalcava

Dakota State (S.D.)

Sophomore

Pomona, Calif.

UTIL

Katie Slibowski

Dakota State (S.D.)

Senior

Lathrop, Mo.

OF

Audrey Lorenz

Dakota State (S.D.)

Senior

Loveland, Colo.

OF

Erica Belter

Dakota State (S.D.)

Freshman

Savage, Minn.

OF

Courtney Van
Den Bussche

Jamestown (N.D.)

Senior

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

OF

Savannah McMillin

Valley City State (N.D.)

Junior

Roseville, Calif.

DP

Liz Hall-Sewell

Valley City State (N.D.)

Senior

North Pole, Alaska

P

Karyssa Marbet

Presentation (S.D.)

Junior

Maple Valley, Wash.

$ 2014 NSAA Softball Preseason Player of the Year

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director