Janes gets an A+ from league

FLC standout is RMAC Academic Player of Year

For her combined work in the classroom (3.82 GPA) and on the field (.406, 10 homers, 43 RBIs), Fort Lewis College’s Stephanie Janes recently was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year. Enlarge photo

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For her combined work in the classroom (3.82 GPA) and on the field (.406, 10 homers, 43 RBIs), Fort Lewis College’s Stephanie Janes recently was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year.

For her combined work in the classroom and on the field, Fort Lewis College’s Stephanie Janes recently was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year.

She was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 first team, the first Skyhawk softball player to earn that accolade. First-team All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All America honorees will be selected later this month.

Chelsea Rodriguez and Natalie Janes joined their teammate on the All-Academic first team, while Kassie Haubert, Cierra Walters and Jordan Willis were honor roll selections.

Stephanie Janes carried a 3.82 grade-point average as a business-administration major, and she enjoyed her finest season at the plate this season, too. After mostly pitching her first three seasons, the senior spent the majority of her time at first base this year, hitting .406 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs.

“She continues to consistently contribute at the plate and leads on and off the field by example,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said in a news release to The Durango Herald.

Natalie Janes, Stephanie’s twin sister, carries a 3.67 GPA in business economics and is FLC’s student body president alongside her softball duties. On the field, she’s the school’s all-time leader in hits and RBIs and hit .375 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs this season.

“She excels in every activity that she pursues, athletically and academically,” Zeiter said.

Rodriguez has been the breakout offensive star for the Skyhawks this season, leading all of Division II in on-base percentage (.602) while ranking sixth nationally with a .474 average. She slugged .864 and hit 15 home runs this season while carrying a 3.67 GPA as a history-social studies major.

“She is setting the bar high athletically and academically, and it is impressive to see such accomplishments as only a sophomore,” Zeiter said.

Haubert carries a 3.49 GPA in exercise science and a 12-8 record in the circle for FLC. Walters’ 3.33 GPA in business administration and her .298 average, four home runs and 33 runs scored earned her honor roll spot, while Willis’ 3.43 in business administration, 25 runs scored and .921 fielding percentage earned her an honorable mention in her final season of collegiate softball.

“We are proud that our 2012 Skyhawk softball team is showing how important the classroom work is to our program,” said Zeiter, whose team finished a program-best 30-26 this year to reach its second-ever NCAA Tournament and the first since 2008.

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