Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff

Nikki RitzenFour Chadron State College softball players have earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic honors.

Senior outfielder Nikki Ritzen was recognized for the third straight year, this time being named a 2nd-team selection, while Amanda Einspahr of McCook, Ashlynn Marino of Fresno, Calif., and Rebecca Wetsch of Erie, Colo, were all honorable mention.

Ritzen, a 4-year starter for the Eagles, has a 3.69 grade point average while majoring in business administration. She’s a Chadron native and the daughter of CSC professors Donna and Scott Ritzen, Scott the long-time CSC wrestling coach who retired last year.

She set the school record with a 20-game hitting streak last year, when she batted a career-best .337 but got off to a slow start this season and is hitting just .245…although she has scored a team-high 20 runs with 10 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.

To qualify for all-academic teams, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.30 or better, be a starter or reserve, and have completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current institution. The RMAC All-Academic Player of the Year is Chelsea Rodriguez of Fort Lewis.

RMAC All-Academic Teams