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Two Demon softball players, Kelee Grimes and Tara McKenney, earn All-SLC academic honors
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Kelee Grimes and Tara McKenney saw much success on and off the field for the Northwestern State softball team and earned 2012 Southland Conference All-Academic Second-Team honors, the league office announced Thursday.

Grimes, a right-hander from Pineville (Pineville HS), became a three-time SLC All-Academic selection after graduating Magna Cum Laude and on the President's list with a 3.82 GPA. She graduated in May with a degree in Business Administration and is pursuing a Master's degree at NSU in Sports Administration.

As an undergrad, Grimes served as President of the Blue Key Honor Society, Vice President Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society.

On the field this season, Grimes pitched a no-hitter against Tennessee State in an 8-0, six inning victory on Feb. 26. She struck out nine batters to complete her second career solo no-no, and also combined for one during her sophomore season.

The right-hander won LSWA Pitcher of the Week accolades on March 8 after picking up a pair of wins, a save and a 1.62 ERA. She led the NSU staff with 107 strikeouts this season, and ranks third in Lady Demon history in career K's with 471. Grimes started 18 games this season and recorded six wins and a 3.93 ERA.

McKenney, a shortstop from Red Oak, Texas (Red Oak HS), turned in a 3.36 GPA and is majoring in Communications.

The sophomore was NSU's hottest hitter this season and earned All-SLC Second-Team honors. She led the team and finished third in the SLC with 58 hits and a .358 batting average. McKenney also finished seventh in the league with 10 doubles and tallied a team-high .399 on-base percentage.

McKenney paced the Lady Demons with an astounding 19 multi-hit games, including six three-hit performances. She got off to a great start to the 2012 and earned a spot on the ULM Mardi Gras Classic All-Tournament team for her impressive play both at the plate and in the field.

The shortstop also swiped five bags, brought in 13 RBI and was one of just four Lady Demons to see action in all 50 contests, starting 49 of them.

“It takes a lot of time to be a Division I athlete and these kids surely know and appreciate the meaning of being a student-athlete. Overall, our team has done a really good job of balancing school and softball in the time that I've been here. We posted an impressive 3.36 team GPA this spring during our season when we were traveling a lot and playing 50 games,” said head coach Donald Pickett. “We're glad that Kelee and Tara got recognized for the hard work they've put in.” 

Texas-San Antonio's Molly Fichtner won SLC Student-Athlete of the Year after submitting a 3.93 GPA in kinesiology and earning First-Team All-SLC honors.
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