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Kassie HowardA trio of Berry student-athletes found themselves ranked among the very best in NCAA Division III after dominating seasons in softball and men’s golf.

Sophomore pitcher Kassie Howard (pictured) won acclaim as Berry’s first softball All-American and was one of 10 finalists for National Player of the Year after leading her team to a program-best 39-8 record and a second straight trip to nationals.

Two Berry golfers – senior Tommy McCloskey and junior Ryan Elmore – were Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalists after helping their team qualify for nationals for the third consecutive year. McCloskey also earned All-America Scholar recognition with his 3.49 GPA. He graduated in May with a degree in finance.

Photo by student Russell Maddrey

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Berry Softball

Lisa Jellum's photo of senior Lacey Herring celebrating a 2011 home run appears on the cover of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association 2013 calendar.

It’s been a great fall for Berry’s intercollegiate softball team – and the new season hasn’t even started yet! Already, the Lady Vikings have earned a No. 22 national ranking for academic success in NCAA Division III from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In addition, nine team members have been named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes. As if that’s not enough, the accompanying photo of Berry players celebrating a home run will grace the cover of the NFCA’s 2013 calendar.

The team will be looking to build on its best-ever 25-11 finish when the season begins in February. In the meantime, coach Cori Thiermann and her players have been busy giving back to the community.

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