Linfield College’s Emilee Lepp is the recipient of the 2011 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year for NCAA Division III, as announced Friday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Diamond Sports.
Ten student-athletes representing all levels of collegiate softball plus high schools were selected for the lofty honor. The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC and high school.
Lepp helped propel Linfield to the Division III national championship for the second time in five seasons. The junior from Colville, Wash., turned in the 11th highest batting average in Division III at .497, while also leading the nation in both home runs and home runs per game with 29 and .054, respectively. Defensively, Lepp allowed just one error in 303 chances while only allowing four passed balls.
She was a first team all-Northwest Conference, all-West Region and NFCA All-America selection and was a finalist for the Honda Award, given annually to the top student-athlete in Division III across the full spectrum of sports.
A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determines the winner of their respective award.
The other Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year Award recipients are:
NCAA Division I
Kaylyn Castillio, Arizona State University
NCAA Division II
Christine Roser, Rollins College
Amy Madden, Southern Nazarene University
NJCAA Division I
Veronika Fukunishi, Miami Dade College
NJCAA Division II
Jena Malmen, Kirkwood Community College
NJCAA Division III
Andrea Schoephoerster, Anoka Ramsey Community College
Adriana Perez, Antelope Valley College
Cassi Ellis, Wenatchee Valley College
Sarah Mooney, North Mecklenburg High School (N.C.)
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