Bethel Softball Team Named as NAIA All-Scholar-Team


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the programs which have been named 2012-13 NAIA Scholar-Teams. Lee's (Tenn.) women's golf squad, who finished the academic year with a NAIA-best combined 3.93 grade-point average, was selected as the Scholar-Team of the Year. The Bethel University softball team was among those named as one of the top in the nation. The Lady Wildcats had a combined 3.32 GPA.

Rounding out the top five award winners are: Valley City State (N.D.) women's golf (3.90), Tabor (Kan.) women's cross country (3.81) and women's tennis (3.81), and Doane (Neb.) women's cross country (3.77).

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

Bethel Coach Larry Geraldi commented on the award. "I am proud of these young ladies. They are truly student-athletes and we stress to each team every year what our expectations are. In the end they are the ones who must do the work and this group did just that on the field and in the classroom."